Cheese and zaatar filled sourdough rolls…

How good does that look?? Well, I can tell you, it tasted as good as it looks!!

This is a cheese and zaatar filled sourdough roll. And it was SOOOOOO tasty!

This one was made with just the addition of zaatar….equally tasty!

If zaatar is new to you, it’s an aromatic spice blend combining toasted sesame seeds, dried thyme, sometimes dried marjoram, and sumac. It tastes and smells amazing! Typically it is mixed with olive oil and placed at the table to dip bread into. Other uses are to top breads and cook them like little pizzas, or sprinkle it over salads or roasted vegetables.

I had made some dough using my master recipe and process and it had proved overnight and I wanted to play with it and try some different shaping and filling, so this was one of the outcomes. I filled some with cheese, I used Red Leicester cheese, I filled some with just zaatar and some with both, and I rolled others in the spice mix.

I also played around with the shapes, rolling some like croissants, some like Swiss rolls, some as blobs!

I then baked them from cold just as I would my sourdough rolls for 25 mins.

To see exactly what I did, check out the video I made of the process on YouTube

So if you fancy playing around with your dough and creating new shapes and fillings, let this be your inspiration!

Rustic easy sourdough rolls…no shaping required…

If you’ve tried making sourdough rolls and struggle with the shaping and looking after those lovely bubbles…this is for you…

Don’t bother!

These rolls were made by just cutting up the dough, gently placing the sticky edges in some oats, then putting them onto the baking tray. Simple.

How to make them…

Follow my master recipe up to and including the overnight prove. (Feel free to mix up the flour/flours you use in the dough, see the other recipes in my recipe index for various ideas).

The next morning gently pull the dough into a loose ball and place it onto a floured surface.

NOTE: if your dough has proved overnight and is reaching the top of the bowl or hitting the shower cap by the early morning but you’re not ready to use it yet, gently do one round of pulls and folds to calm it down a bit, then cover it again to allow it to grow and fill the bowl again over the next 2-3 hours for when you want to use it.

Using a dough knife or cutter, cut the dough into 8 equal-ish pieces.

*HANDLE VERY GENTLY THROUGHOUT*

You’ll find that the edges that you’ve cut into are very sticky; you can now either place the cut shapes directly onto a parchment lined baking tray, or gently place the sticky edges in some oats or sesame seeds before placing onto the baking tray.

You can now either bake them immediately, or after sitting for 10 minutes, or place the tray in the fridge for 1-3 hours then bake when you’re ready.

You can cook these from a cold start oven or in a preheated oven.

Cold bake: place the tray into a cold oven, turn the dial up to 200C fan assisted (220C non fan), and bake for 25 mins or until browned

Preheated oven: heat the oven to 200C fan assisted (220C non fan) and bake for 20 mins or until browned.

Place on a rack to cool briefly, eat at will!