Buttermilk Cluster

6 to 6 1/2 cups (750 grams) bread or all-purpose unbleached flour

1/2 tablespoon salt

1 envelope (2 1/2 teaspoons) active dry or instant yeast, or 1 15 gram cake fresh yeast

1 tablespoon warm water

1 3/4 to 2 cups buttermilk

1 tablespoon honey

 

 

Glaze:

1 egg beaten with 1 teaspoon water

 

Makes 12 to 18 rolls, depending on size

 

Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl. Combine the warm water and yeast in a small cup and allow to proof for 10 minutes.

 

Pour the yeast, buttermilk, and honey into the flour mixture and mix well. If the dough is so dry that some of the flour won't stick, add a bit more buttermilk or water. If the dough is too sticky to knead, more like a batter, add more flour by the tablespoon until the correct consistency is achieved.

 

Knead by machine or hand for approximately 10 minutes. Return the dough to the bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a damp cloth, and set aside to rise until the dough has doubled in size, approximately 90 minutes.

 

Divide the dough into 12 to 18 pieces. If you are a stickler you can scale them so that they are even, but I just cut them roughly the same size. Shape each piece into a neat ball and place in a round dish or spring-form pan close together.