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Breakfast Rolls

September 14, 2011

Breakfast Rolls

Breakfast Rolls

I haven’t made bread in a long time.  I always wonder why I wait so long to work with yeast.  I love it.  It is one of the most gratifying things to work with.  I love that I have to use my hands, I love the smell, and I love the warmth it creates within my home.  Baking bread really makes me feel connected to what I am creating.  Sure I always add a little “love” when I am baking but with bread I add my soul.  Does that make sense?  I guess you have to feel it to understand.

This recipe is a basic breakfast roll recipe.  There is nothing fancy about it which brings out the full taste of the rolls.  Oh, there is nothing better than a warm breakfast roll fresh from the oven slathered with homemade raspberry jam, mmmmmmmmm!!!  Well, just a second, a warm breakfast roll slathered with butter is just as scrumptious.  These breakfast rolls are great for brunch as well and could be used for little sandwiches too.  As far as time goes these rolls can be thrown together in about an hour, not bad, eh!?  You could have your coffee and make fresh breakfast rolls, oh your family will love you for that.

Breakfast Rolls

Ingredients

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 tablespoon dried yeast

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup warm water

To Prepare the Breakfast Rolls

Sieve around a third of the flour on to the working surface and make a well in the center.  Next add the water, yeast, sugar, and salt and use your fingers to combine the ingredients.

Cover the well with the remaining flour and leave the mixture to stand for around 5 minutes.

Knead the mixture thoroughly for 5 to 6 minutes, until you have a smooth, elastic ball of dough.

Make the ball of dough into a long log shape.  Cover with a dishtowel and leave to stand for 10 minutes.

Next use a spatula or dough scraper to divide the dough into 10 pieces of equal size.  The pieces of dough can then be formed into round or oblong rolls.

For  round rolls, shape the dough into balls and lightly pat flat.  Place on a baking tray, cover and leave to stand in a warm place at a constant temperature for 25 minutes.

For oblong rolls, shape the dough accordingly and leave to prove for 10 minutes.  Next use a sharp knife to cut a slit the length of each roll and place on the baking tray, slit side downwards.  Cover and leave to prove in a warm place at a constant temperature for another 15 minutes.  Next turn the rolls slit side up again.

 While the dough is proving, pre-heat the oven  to 425 F.  Important:  do not forget to put a dish of hot water in the bottom of the oven, as this will create the humid atmosphere that is necessary for the rolls to develop their characteristic crispy crust.  Put the rolls on a baking tray, place in the oven, and bake for 18-20 minutes until golden brown.  Remove the rolls from the oven and rub with butter to give a glossy finish.

Makes 10 Breakfast Rolls

From The World of Bread

Breakfast Rolls

Breakfast Rolls

 These rolls are the perfect way to start your day.

From our kitchen to yours,
Sydney Jones

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