"Don't ask me to get your baking supplies ever again". My husband declared, looking embarrassed. I wondered what would have possibly gone wrong? I mean, I had only asked him to get me few black poppy seeds from the local shopkeeper to decorate this bread. I nudged him to tell me the reason and this is what he narrated. When my husband asked the shopkeeper for a few grams of black poppy seeds, he started laughing and asked my husband,
"Are you having problems?"
"No. What problems?" - husband
"You know the black poppy seeds are used to increase that power" whispered the shopkeeper.
"What power?" - husband
"A man's ***ual power"
"What?? Wtf??!!?? Really?? Nonsense!! was my reaction. I have never heard something like that. Have you? Forget it, don't bother to answer. I mean how could it be true? Poppy seeds are used extensively in baking. Whatever, I guess I wouldn't be able to bake anything that calls for black poppy seeds as they aren't available. Such a disappointment.
By the way, that shopkeeper knows my in-laws very well. I hope he doesn't open his mouth in front of them.
Coming to this bread, PartyBrot is a German party bread with a good amount of butter in it. It serves as a perfect decorative and attractive center piece. Guests can help themselves by pulling apart these pretty little rolls. I wanted to sprinkle them with sesame and black poppy seeds but used Nigella seeds instead of the poppy ones, you know why ;-)
The texture of this bread is soft and fluffy and the taste buttery. It is best served warm though you can microwave it for a few seconds if having later.
You can enjoy these buns dipped in a soup or with a stew. Since I had baked this bread early in the morning, I had them for breakfast....cut in half and slathered with a dollop of Wild Blueberry Preserve and Strawberry Jam.
Recipe Source: Bread by Eric Treuille and Ursula Ferrigno
Makes a PartyBrot of 10 rolls
280 grams / 10 ounces bread flour or strong white flour (or you can use 140 grams/ 5 ounces bread flour and 140 grams plain flour)
1 teaspoon table salt
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon instant yeast (if the weather is too cold, use 1 teaspoon instead)
125 ml / 4fl oz milk
30 grams / 1 oz unsalted butter
15 grams / 0.5 oz unsalted butter melted to glaze and grease the pan.
1 small egg beaten
For the topping
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon milk
1 talbespoon each of sesame seeds and nigella or poppy seeds (or any topping of your choice)
Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add the yeast and mix.
In a saucepan, warm the milk with the butter and sugar stirring continuously until the butter has melted. Let the mixture cool till it reaches room temperature and then beat in the egg until combined.
Make a well in the center of the flour and pour this liquid mixture. Please click here and follow the steps till the initial proofing stage.
Knock back the dough and leave to rest for 10 minutes. Grease the base and sides of an eight inch round cake pan with the butter.
Divide the dough into ten equal size pieces. Shape each piece into a round and smooth ball by pressing the ball to expel any air bubbles. Now form your palm into a cup shape and roll the ball against the counter with the help of the palm until it forms a smooth and round ball.
Place all the smooth rolls in the pan by forming an outer ring of 7 rolls and an inner ring of 3 rolls. Cover the pan loosely with a cling film or a tea towel. At this stage if you want, you can place the pan in the refrigerator to be baked early in the morning or a day later.
Once the rolls are almost double in size, preheat the oven to 200 degrees C / 390 degrees F. Combine the egg yolk and the milk reserved for topping. Brush the rolls with this egg glaze and sprinkle the sesame and nigella seeds on the rolls.
Bake in the preheated oven for about 45 mins to an hour or until the rolls are golden brown and sound hollow when tapped at the bottom.
Remove the PartyBrot from the pan and place on a wire rack to cool slightly. Wrap it in a tea towel to keep warm.
Enjoy your home made and warm pull apart buns!
Storage Suggestions: PartyBrot can be stored at room temperature in a ziplock bag for up to 2 days. Warm the rolls before eating.