O is for… Obscure Objects Of Desire
I wrote a post about Fiori di Sicilia a while ago in which my intention was two fold: one to poke fun at myself for wanting all these strange bits of kit to play around with; and secondly to say thank you to Bakery Bits who managed to get hold of nearly all of them.
I am aware that by writing about these objects it probably encourages people to want them too even if I am making fun of myself.
So what do I do ? Do I write about them or do I pretend that I don’t enjoy the searching and thinking about these things, I think I will just continue to write about them, it’s all part of the fun of having baking as an interest after all.
Chocveg asked me if I had pictures of the presses I included in the lame post. So today I made a quick batch of dough and got them out and put them to work, all for you Choc!
At the same time my friend Brydie at Cityhippfarmgirl wrote to me and asked if I knew anything about Italian Rosetta rolls which look different again.
Edit: Here is a picture of some Australian Rosetta rolls bought at a bakery taken by Celia in Sydney which she has kindly sent me to share with you.
You can make them by hand, there are several blog posts that show you how. Here is a post written by David Anderson on the subject. However, if you read the comments on that post he says that the ones with the hollow middles are called something else again, michetta from Milan, and that they are very difficult to make at home.
I am pretty sure that they aren’t all made by hand and that there are specialist bits of machinery that big bakeries have to make them with. You can also get these little presses like the ones in the picture to stamp the rolls with prior to baking, though whether that gives you the full effect of the hollow roll I don’t know. I’ve never managed to make a hollow roll yet.
We don’t get them too often here in England, and I associate pretty bread rolls mostly with Germany and other Northern European countries. Apparently they are really popular in Australia though. I remembered searching for these bread shapers on one of my more obsessive moments and suggested them to Bakery Bits as something that every home baker would like to have. He stocks two of the shapes currently, the Kaiser roll one and the Spiral one (see the photos) and I have both of these. However, there are a couple more, the Rosetta and the Football, neither of which are obtainable here. I have found them in Germany though where they are called Brötchenstempel or Brötchendrücker. Again the various shapes are given different names depending on who stocks them, leading to endless opportunities for confusion.
The way English speaking people use Google is so Anglo/American-centric that we often conclude that something doesn’t exist when in fact it does of course exist, just that we don’t know the right name for it. So as a tip, when your search draws a big fat 0 for something, ask yourself if you are calling it by the right name.
I see over on the Fresh Loaf, a predominantly American site, that people have been looking on and off for these for a long time. Some enterprising people have found them in Italy but it’s not easy apparently even to get them there.
If I manage to get hold of the Rosetta presses, I will let you know and get a few spare ones. And if you know a friendly baker who sells them, ask them if they make them by hand, and if they do, find out how they do it, we’re all really curious to know!
Edit : I got them and you can see the results in this post Rosetta with Biga