Peruvian Bread - Receta de Chancay

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  • 4 hrs 20 mins
  • Prep: 4 hrs,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 20 Rolls (20 servings)
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Chancay is the name of one of the pre-Colonial civilizations in Peru. The Chancay lived in on the coast of Peru in the period before the Incan empire, around 1000-1500 AD. These wonderful sweet bread rolls are apparently named for those early Peruvians, who excelled at weaving and pottery. Chancays are sweet, soft rolls, sprinkled with sesame seeds and flavored with a hint of anise. I found an article explaining that these rolls (sold everywhere in Lima) were invented and named by Don Manuel Santa Cruz, from the town of Chancay in Lima provence, in 1883.

What You'll Need

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour​
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable shortening, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 - 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon anise flavoring
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds (for sprinkling on rolls)

How to Make It

  1. Prepare the sponge: Mix all of the ingredients in the bowl of a standing mixer, using the dough hook attachment, until well mixed. Or stir ingredients together by hand with a wooden spoon, kneading with your hands if necessary, until you have a smooth dough.
     
  2. Cover bowl with saran wrap and let sponge rest in a warm spot for 1-3 hours.
     
  3. Finish the dough: Dissolve the remaining teaspoon of yeast in a 1/2 cup of lukewarm water. Add remaining 3 1/2 cups flour, the brown sugar, the yeast, the egg, the anise, cinnamon, and softened butter and shortening to the sponge.
     
  1. Knead the mixture gently with the dough hook, while adding the 1/2 cup of water (and yeast) gradually. Add more water if necessary in small amounts, kneading, to get a smooth dough. Knead until dough is smooth, shiny, and stretchy, about 10 minutes in the mixer, or 20 minutes by hand.
     
  2. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover loosely with saran wrap and let the dough rest for 1 hour.
     
  3. Punch down and divide dough into about 20 pieces. Roll each piece into a smooth ball, and place on a large cookie sheet, about an inch apart on all sides.
     
  4. Brush tops of rolls with half of the melted butter. Loosely cover with saran wrap, and let rolls rise in a warmish place for about an hour, or until they have risen 50% larger.
     
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Gently brush rolls with the remaining melted butter and sprinkle tops with sesame seeds.
     
  6. Bake rolls for about 20 minutes, turning oven down to 350 degrees after the first 10 minutes, or until rolls are deep golden brown.
     
  7. Remove from oven and let cool.