Sunday, May 15, 2011

Dinner Rolls/ Bread Rolls

''Bread Rolls are pieces of bread, usually small and round and is commonly considered a side dish. Bread rolls are often used in the same way as sandwiches are—cut transversely, with fillings placed between the two halves. Depending on the slight variations Dinner rolls have a slightly crispy crust than normal bread rolls. 
These buns are so versatile and can be eaten with soups or filled with a filling of choice; spicy or sweet for breakfast or as a snack. This was my first attempt to make dinner rolls and they came up great!!! ''

Ingredients: Makes 12
3cups plain flour and extra for dusting
2 1/4 tsp dry active yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 cup milk
1 beaten egg
3 tbsp butter
2 tbsp sugar
3/4 tsp salt

Mix yeast with sugar and 1/4 cup water, give a stir and let it stand for 10-15 minutes until frothy.
Warm the milk to Luke warm and add in the butter and salt and mix for the butter to melt. Make sure that the milk is only Luke warm. NOT hot!!
Add the yeast mixture and milk mixture to a large wide bowl and mix to incorporate.
Add 1 cup of flour at a time and mix slowly to well incorporate with a metal spoon. The dough will be very sticky.
Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead. This is an important part of the procedure and make sure to lightly dust the hands and surface while kneading. Knead the dough for 10 minutes. The stickiness will now be replaced with elasticity while kneading. Once the kneading is done the dough should be soft but very lightly sticky.

Place the dough in a lightly oiled large bowl and cover with plastic wrap and cover with a kitchen cloth.
Place it in a warm humid place and allow to double in size. (for 3 hours)

Now again place the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll in to a rectangular shape. Or used your hands to punch and shape it. Cut the dough now to equal parts of 12 square pieces. ( I did this procedure in two steps as I can only bake 6 rolls at a time)

Roll each square in your palm to form a round shape.
Place the balls side by side on a baking sheet allowing 1-2 inches apart. Keep the tray aside and allow the balls to double in size. They might stick to each other while doubling but that's okay.

Give the buns an egg wash but brushing lightly on top with a beaten egg. Do this just before placing in the oven.
Bake the rolls in a preheated oven of 180C for 25-30 minutes until golden on top.
Cool them on wire rack and serve warm or cold.


Serving Tips:
Make a curry or paste of your choice and cut the buns in half and fill in for a yummy snack.

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