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Hot Bread Rolls on a Cold Winter’s Day ~ easy bread rolls recipe

February 8, 2012

One of my Little People is sick today – which means there are four of us stuck at home on a cold winter’s day, and there’s no bread left in the house. What better day to make hot bread rolls for lunch?

Easy Recipe for Bread Rolls ~ makes 8 rolls

360ml/1¼ cups Water (best to use warm water)

1 Tbsp. Skimmed Milk Powder

2 Tbsp. Melted Butter

2 Tbsp. sugar

1.5 Tsp salt

490g / 3 ¼ cups Strong White Bread Flour

1.5 Tsp. Fast Action Yeast

You can cheatby using a bread maker on your usual dough setting, then follow the instructions from  ‘knead and shape…’ below. 

If making by hand, start by mixing the flour, skimmed milk powder and salt together in a large bowl, then stir in the sugar and yeast. Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in the water and melted butter to form a wet dough. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface (normal plain flour is fine for this) for a good 20 minutes until the dough is elastic and not sticky.

Place into a large mixing bowl, cover, and leave to rise in a warm place for 1-1.5 hrs until the dough has doubled in size. Then, with floury hands, scoop the risen mixture out of the bowl and knead again for a few minutes (this is to ‘knock’ the air out of it) on a lightly floured surface.

Knead and shape the dough into 8 bread rolls (halve the mixture, then repeat until you have 8 even(ish) shapes). Grease a baking tray and put the rolls onto them, keeping them a couple of inches apart. Brush with more melted butter, cover for at least 25 mins (especially if it’s a cold winter’s day and your kitchen’s not warm!), glaze again and bake for about 15 mins at 190° until golden brown on top.

Allow to cool for a little bit on a wire rack. In my experience, they are best eaten while still warm, lathered in even more butter for good measure.

Now if only my Little People would appreciate the culinary delights that are my attempts at home made soup, we would be truly sorted for a cold winter’s day!

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