I wanted bread, but not to have to spend the next few days just eating the loaf in order to finish it. What better then, than bread rolls. They can be individually wrapped and frozen, and simply heated in the oven to thaw each time you want them. Perfect!! And, given the choice between buying bread or rolls, home-made wins every time.
This particular recipe I got from the book “Bread” by Eric Treuille & Ursula Ferrigno. It is a lovely recipe book, giving many different bread recipes, clear instructions and options to vary the recipe. The recipe I used in this particular case was for Pain Ordinaire, but I opted for making the bread rolls rather than the loaf, substituting some of the white flour for wholemeal flour, and substituting some of the water for yogurt and using a sachet of instant dried yeast instead of fresh or dried yeast.
Bread making is surprisingly simple……depending on the type of loaf you bake, but it is usually just a few ingredients, mixed together, kneaded, left to rise, knocked back, left to rise again and then baked. And the result is delicious.
1 sachet instant dried yeast
175ml lukewarm water
175ml plain yogurt
325g strong white bread flour
175g strong wholemeal bread flour
1 ½ teaspoons salt
Mix together the two flours, salt and yeast in a large bowl.
Mix together the water and yogurt in a jug.
Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the liquid, using a wooden spoon until the mixture is combined. The dough should be firm but moist. Turn the dough out onto a floured board and knead until smooth and elastic – about 10 minutes.
Put the dough in a clean bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave to rise for 1 to 1 ½ hours until doubled in size.
Knock the dough back and leave to rest for 10 minutes. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces, place on a lightly floured baking tray. Cover with a tea towel and leave to rise until doubled in size – approximately 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 220°C (200°C for fan ovens).
Lightly dust the rolls with flour and bake for 25 minutes, until hollow sounding when tapped underneath. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
Now, pass the salted butter!!
Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, I wish you a peaceful weekend 😊