The word "baps" is not heard in these parts - these parts being the Southeastern US - which only made Dan Lepard's recipe for Buttermilk Baps all the more appealing (as if being a Dan Lepard bread recipe wasn't appealing enough!) A "bap" - a British English word dating from the 16th century - is a soft roll, often made with fat to keep the crumb tender. With Lepard's wonderful easy bread mixing/kneading method, these rolls are a snap to bake.
- You can find the recipe here. A couple things to note: 1 sachet of instant yeast = 7 g of instant yeast, and strong flour = bread flour.
- The method is slightly different from Lepard's Milk Loaf; the wholemeal flour is soaked in water with the yeast for 30 minutes before the dough is mixed. Also the butter is rubbed into the flour before any other ingredients are added. The kneading process is quite similar, with slight variations in rest times.
- I've made these rolls several times. One time I used hard red wheat for the wholemeal flour, another time I replaced 50 g of the bread flour with oat flour.
- The first time I baked them, I snipped chives from my little herb garden and added them to the dough, as the recipe suggests. I've also baked them herb-less, which makes for a more versatile roll.
- I usually make these rolls about 3 oz, and end up with 10 generously-sized rolls, which can serve as dinner rolls or for a small sandwich. The dough is first shaped into balls, then elongated into torpedo shapes.
I love to bake these just past the point of undercooked (about 190 degrees on a digital thermometer); they turn out nice and soft and wonderfully moist. To me the baps are good with or without the herbs, but my husband definitely prefers them plain. Nonetheless, he gave the chive version a rating of 9.5 out of 10. This is a versatile dough, and the rolls would be at home in the dinner bread basket or in a lunchbox. These baps just might be my favorite rolls (and not just because of their name!).
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