I’ve always been envious of cook-offs.  Chilli cook-offs and barbecue cook-offs.  You don’t see that in the UK.
You don’t see the British people taking over a Sainsbury’s car park with their cars, open flames and tanks of calor gas.  You don’t hear shrieks of “OOOooowWeee! We’re cooking with GAS”.  With the obligatory cooler filled with ice and beer.  And a table full of unimpressed looking judges.
It’s not fair.  I think we’re missing out. I’d go to one.  I’d make my favourite chilli or my butterflied barbecue chicken.
In the meantime, I’ll settle for these chipotle rolls. Enriched bread dough with smoky and spicy chipotle. Lovely.
500gr strong white bread flour
Pinch of salt
7gr fast action yeast
50gr room temperature butter
250ml warm water
3 chipotle chilis in adobe sauce
1 egg
1, In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment, sift the flour, yeast and salt together.
2, Add in the butter and turn the stand mixer on.  This will break the butter up for you.
3, In a blender (or cup blender) blend the warm water and chilis together until smooth.  There may be some chunky seeds floating about but that is fine.
4, With the stand mixer still on, add in the egg and wait for it to break up and become incorporated.  Slowly add in the chipotle water until the dough comes together.  Leave this to knead on a medium speed until the dough is smooth and elastic.
5, Transfer into a greased bowl, cover with cling film and leave to rise for an hour or until it has doubled in size.
6, Knock the air out of the dough and give it another quick couple of kneads by hand.  Divide the dough into eight pieces and place in a greased baking dish.
7, Cover back with cling film, return to the warm place while your oven preheats to 220o/c.
8, When the oven is hot enough, brush the tops of the rolls with a little flavourless oil and bake for 20-25minutes. They will be cooked through when the underside of the rolls is tapped and it sounds hollow.  You might have to cover them with foil for the last five minutes in the oven; this just helps the tops from not going too brown.
9, Cool slightly before serving either warm.

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