Do you remember the delivery of mail catalogs that was an almost daily occurrence until not too long ago? Annoying as sometimes was, I realize that, as an adult immigrant to the US, I would have not learned about certain brands had I not received their catalogs.
King Arthur Flour's1 catalog keeps arriving in my mail box and I like to leaf through it because it showcases a few recipes and they have been inspirational more than once: The recipe for four-leaf clover rolls is the most recent example (and this is a previous one).
The display of this recipe had to do with St. Patrick's Day, but, as usual, things I see need to ferment in my brain for a bit before I act upon them. Then, I need to test the recipe at least a couple of times before I decide whether to talk about it on my blog.
The photo in the catalog showed the rolls nesting in the ramekins in which they were baked: it caught my attention. I read the instructions and they seemed pretty straightforward to execute, so I did it and loved the result.
Then I did it again and again enjoyed the rolls, so now I am inviting you to try them. For once, I made only a couple of minor changes to the list of ingredients, besides halving the quantities and making therefore four rolls. I used:
- 120 g King Arthur Flour unbleached all-purpose flour (this is the flour I generally use for bread baking)
- 55 g King Arthur Flour white whole-wheat flour, instead of Irish-style wholemeal flour, because I had the former but not the latter — this substitution is also suggested in the tips box
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 10 g honey (miele), i.e., half the amount
- 14 g soft unsalted butter the first time, then the second time 10 g olive oil, and I liked the flavor better
- 123 g lukewarm water
- 1 teaspoon instant yeast
- 28 g toasted pecans rather than walnuts, because I happened to have a nice batch of toasted pecans for this recipe
- 35 g currants
- no glossy finish (which in any case is optional)
One nice thing about the recipes on the King Arthur Flour's website is that you can view the list of ingredients in volume, ounces or grams. I always choose the latter options, especially when I need to perform division on the quantities.
Whether you make the full amount or half, follow the directions on the recipe page and you'll be rewarded with pretty rolls that are a pleasure to pry open along the seams. A dose of sweetness and a bit of crunchiness come together in the rolls which are perfect to nibble by themselves and to accompany your dinner.
In this photo, the usual chaos around my kitchen sink (lavello) includes the four ramekins in which the four-leaf clover rolls had baked.
1 Disclaimer: I neither have nor had any business relationship with this company. This is not an advertisement, but simply a description of the brand I use.
The bottom photo is my contribution to edition #80 of Black and White Wednesday - A Culinary Photography Event created by Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook, now organized by Cinzia of Cindystar
The photo was shot in color and then converted to black and white.
Click on the button to hear me pronounce the Italian words mentioned in the post:
or launch the panini quadrifoglio audio file [mp3].
[Depending on your set-up, the audio file will be played within the browser or by your mp3 player application. Please, contact me if you encounter any problems.]