I am not sure exactly where the concepts comes from, but going on trips or vacations with friends back in Denmark we always had the concept of ‘shower buns’ – rolls that would rise or bake while you were in the shower in the morning, getting you freshly baked bread for breakfast.
Some recipes requires you to make the dough the night before, and then leave to rise over night in the fridge. This is definitely a nice approach, and you can probably modify most regular recopies with a little less yeast to accommodate for the slow, cold rise. I wanted one that was quick and easy to make at the spur of a moment, and found this one that is made right away. It has a lot of yeast, and only rises once. It also is a lightly enriched dough containing butter, so it gives a ‘luxury’ roll, perfect for Sunday mornings.
Ingredients: (original recipe in Danish)
- 6 tbsp lukewarm water
- 50 g yeast cake (17g dry yeast, or .6 oz)
- 300 ml milk (1 1/4 cups)
- 50 g butter, melted (1/2 stick)
- 800-900 ml flour (3 1/3 -4 cups)
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 tbsp sugar
1. Dissolve the yeast in the water and melt the butter.
2. Add all the other ingredients and knead to form a dough.
3. Divide into 12 pieces and form rolls.
4. Set the rolls on a parchment covered sheet and let them rise under a moist towel.
5. Preheat oven to 225 C/ F. If your oven is underneath your stove, you can place the sheet on top for some extra heat for rising.
6. Let the rolls rise for about 25 min – while you take your shower!
7. Brush rolls with a egg and water mixture (egg wash) for extra shine. You can also use milk or water.
8. Bake for 12 min.
Very fast, very easy and they are really best right out of the oven.