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If you ever wonder what else you can do with okara (soybean pulp), you should try this okara dinner rolls recipe. They are so soft and yummy. Soft Okara Dinner Rolls

What is okara?

Okara is the Japanese word for soybean pulp. It’s the pulps that are left behind after making soy milk and tofu. It is also known as dòuzhā in Chinese and kongbiji in Korean. It has a gritty texture and has high content of calcium, fiber, some protein and carbohydrates, which is mainly insoluble fiber. They are very popular in Japan and usually sold in grocery store too.

How to use okara

Fresh okara needs to be refrigerated and used in 2-3 days or it will turn rancid. You can however, freeze okara for up to 3 months. With the vegan diet being so popular these days, okara has been used in all kinds of recipes. From bread, beverages, cakes, cookies, dessert, imitation meat, etc. Soft Okara Dinner Rolls

How to make soft okara dinner rolls

1. Activate the yeast in 50 ml (1/4 cup) of the warm milk. Let it sit for 10 minutes and it will turn foamy. If it doesn’t, the yeast is no longer good and do not proceed with the recipe until you get a new batch of yeast 2. Combine the okara, softened butter (I use coconut oil), egg, sugar, flour, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitter with a dough hook attachment 3. Knead on medium-low speed (speed 4 on KA) for 6-7 minutes. The dough forms a ball around the hook. If the dough feels dry, you can add a bit more milk, one teaspoon at a time. It may feel slightly sticky, but it shouldn’t stick to the side of the bowl after kneading, if it is, then you may need to add a bit of flour 4. Oil the bowl and put the dough back and cover. Let it rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours or until it doubles in size. This depends on the temperature where you are. It takes longer when the room temperature is colder 5. Line a 9 x 9 square pan or something similar with a parchment paper overlapping so it’s easier to remove them from the pan. When you poke your finger into the dough, the indentation stays. The dough is done proofing. 6. Lightly dust your work surface and transfer to a work surface and deflate the dough and shape it into a long log. Cut into 9 equal pieces or 12 smaller ones

7. Round each dough into a ball and put each one in the pan, seam side down. Kinda space them out to allow some room for the dough to rise 8. Cover with a damp towel or a plastic wrap and let them rise again until they are puffy and double in size, may take about 1 hour or longer. 15 minutes before the end of proofing, preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C) for a conventional oven. You can dust the top with some flour for a more rustic look if you want to or simply omit this step 9. Put the pan on the middle rack and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown or if you have an instant thermometer, it should read 195-200 F (90-93 C) Soft Okara Dinner Rolls 10. If you didn’t dust the top with flour, you can brush with some melted butter while they are still warm. They are best served warm Soft Okara Dinner Rolls

Variation

You can also bake this okara dinner rolls recipe into bread. This recipe will fit into 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 loaf pan. Simply shape it into a log and put it inside a loaf pan and bake at 325 F (160 C) for 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean and when you tap the bottom of the bread, it should sound hollow.

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Soft Okara Dinner Rolls

Recipe Using Okara: Soft Okara Dinner Rolls

Prep Time 15 mins

Cook Time 25 mins

Proof the dough twice: 2 hrs

Total Time 2 hrs 40 mins

Servings 9 large rolls

Ingredients  

  • 1 ½ tsp active dry yeast
  • 125 ml lukewarm unsweetened soy milk or more as needed
  • 125 gr okara (soybean pulp)
  • 50 gr butter
  • 50 gr egg about 1 large egg without the shell
  • 25 gr sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 315 gr bread flour plus more for dusting

Instructions 

Prepare the dough:

  • Activate the yeast in 50 ml (1/4 cup) of the warm milk. Let it sit for 10 minutes and it will turn foamy. If it doesn't, the yeast is no longer good and do not proceed with the recipe until you get a new batch of yeast

  • Combine the okara, softened butter (I use coconut oil), egg, sugar, flour, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitter with a dough hook attachment. Knead on medium-low speed (speed 4 on KA) for 6-7 minutes. The dough forms a ball around the hook. If the dough feels dry, you can add a bit more milk, one teaspoon at a time. It may feel slightly sticky, but it shouldn't stick to the side of the bowl after kneading, if it is, then you may need to add a bit of flour

1st proofing:

  • Oil the bowl and put the dough back and cover. Let it rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours or until it doubles in size. This depends on the temperature where you are. It takes longer when the room temperature is colder

Shape:

  • Line a 9 x 9 square pan or something similar with a parchment paper overlapping so it's easier to remove them from the pan.

  • When you poke your finger into the dough, the indentation stays. The dough is done proofing. Lightly dust your work surface and transfer to a work surface and deflate the dough and shape it into a long log. Cut into 9 equal pieces or 12 smaller ones

  • Round each dough into a ball and put each one in the pan, seam side down. Kinda space them out to allow some room for the dough to rise

2nd proofing:

  • Cover with a damp towel or a plastic wrap and let them rise again until they are puffy and double in size, may take about 1 hour or longer. 15 minutes before the end of proofing, preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C) for a conventional oven

Baking:

  • You can dust the top with some flour for a more rustic look if you want to or simply omit this step

  • Put the pan on the middle rack and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown or if you have an instant thermometer, the internal temperature should read 195-200 F (90-93 C)

  • If you didn't dust the top with flour, you can brush with some melted butter while they are still warm

Serve:

  • They are best served warm

Nutrition

Serving: 1 roll (from 9-roll batch) Calories: 233 kcal Carbohydrates: 32 g Protein: 7 g Fat: 9 g Saturated Fat: 5 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g Trans Fat: 1 g Cholesterol: 40 mg Sodium: 201 mg Potassium: 121 mg Fiber: 2 g Sugar: 4 g Vitamin A: 261 IU Vitamin C: 1 mg Calcium: 39 mg Iron: 1 mg

Marvellina

Marvellina is a food blogger, recipe developer, photographer, and publisher at What To Cook Today. A food blog that brings you tried and true Asian recipes.