Friday, 3 July 2009

Soft and Simple Bread Rolls.

I have long been looking for a perfect soft roll that would suit a sandwich or a burger. I have tried some very good recipes but they were either too rich having eggs in or they still had a density which I did not like. I wanted light fluffy pillows of air and I also wanted fast. I have found myself needing rolls fairly quickly this past while so once again the search was on. I looked in my folder and found a recipe I had used sometime in the dim and distant past and recalled the rolls had a rather unpleasant yeasty flavour. These rolls only have one quick rise and I wondered if the combination of this and the use of dried active yeast maybe contributed to the yeasty taste. I decided to give them a go and use instant/fast action yeast this time round. Now remember I wanted light and fluffy. At the end of the mixing I don't know what possessed me but I had baking powder sitting out. I am not usually a very impulsive person but I thought what the heck it might work so I added the baking powder. I don't know what happened. I know little about the science of bread making so I don't really know if the baking powder did it but my goodness I got my fluffy pillows and no yeasty taste. Fast too as there is only one rise and no kneading involved. These are a keeper. If you try this recipe I would be delighted with any feedback.


600gms/ 1 pound 5 ounces plain flour
2 teaspoons instant/fast action yeast
400mls/14 fl oz warm water
1 tablespoon of dried milk powder or use 200mls water and 200mls milk
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder


Put the flour yeast salt sugar and powdered milk (if using) in the bowl of a stand mixer and stir together

Add the oil and liquids to the flour mixture, and beat with the paddle attachment until smooth, about 3 minutes. The mixture should leave the sides of the bowl cleanly when mixed but still be nice and soft. If you find it a little dry add more water but only a very little at a time.

At the end of the mixing time spread the dough out to make a well in the centre and sprinkle the baking powder in. Mix for another minute.

Turn dough out onto an oiled surface with oiled hands (stops the dough sticking to you and everything else) and let rest under bowl for about 10 minutes.

Shape dough into 12 slightly flat balls, and place on greased baking sheet or into two sandwich tins to rise until doubled in size.About 30 minutes

If you want burger rolls divide the mixture into eight

Bake in a preheated oven 200.C/Fan 180.C/400. F/ gas 6 for 12 to 15 minutes. They should be well risen and golden brown on top.

Leave for a few minutes before turning onto a cooling rack as they are quite soft and delicate.


The easiest way to divide the dough is to press it out into a rectangle then roll it up into a sausage shape before cutting into the required number of pieces.


Gloria said...

These bread rolls are absolutely nice and delicious! xGloria

Mary said...

Your bread rolls look so great and so soft , might just copy out the recipe and try . have a nice week end!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What delightful rolls! They look so smooth and delicious!



Grannymar said...

Today I had plenty of time for a good old rummage round here. So many tasty treats and recipes I had forgotten completely about. I too loved and made Lemon Curd in the past. My recipe called for a pressure cooker. I wonder it it will work in the microwave? I might well give it a try and let you know.

Now I have a longing for a batch of those soft bread buns and my own Lemon Curd! Nom nom and the young folk say!

Cynthia said...

Oh these are perfect! Bookmarked!

Coby said...

Granny, did you go the dried milk or the combo of milk and water please? I don't have any dried milk powder so would need to choose the other option. Also confirming you used plain flour. I'd be going '00' you think that would be OK please? I'm keen to have a try as little ones more than anyone love soft, light rolls:)

Coby said...

Granny, they're sitting waiting in two little rings of soft dough as we speak:) I'll blog about my results:) I hope to have them out of the oven just before The Lovely Man and the two oldest little tackers get back from the movies:D

Coby said...

Thanks Granny, they were everything you said and even easier than I expected. I know you said they were easy but you have to make them yourself to truly appreciate the ease of them:D Umm, they're all gone now! I did blog about them though:D

Rhyleysgranny said...

Gloria - Thank you x:)

Mary - Thank you and a good weekend to you too :)

Rosa - Thank you they were nice little rolls :)

Grannymar - I hope you managed the buns. I slao hope you liked the lemon curd :)

Cynthia- Thank you. I expect you are like most of us. Have hundreds of recipes and little time to try them all :)

Coby - I'm sorry I wasn't here to answer your questions. That's the trouble with time zones isn't it. I am glad you enjoyed. Am heading over to your blog now :)x

Coby said...

LOL No worries Granny:) Obviously I managed anyway, but I am still curious if you used the powder or whole milk? I'd love to know if the results differ at all - mind you it's hard to imagine the results could be improved:D SO pleased with the results thanks!

PheMom said...

You know, I did something similar once and had the same, "what on earth am I thinking?" moment. I was making cinnamon rolls and used self rising flour instead of regular for part of the recipe. They were light, fluffy, fast and crazy good - but they were TALL and HUGE! I am so glad you reminded me of this kind of idea. Those rolls look deliciously perfect!

Tara said...

WOW Those rolls look amazing! I love that you only use a couple tablespoons of yeast, too... I've read other recipes that require heaping tablespoons! I'll definitely be trying this one out.

♥Rosie♥ said...

Those soft bread rolls are just sensational Granny!! You really are the artisan bread maker!!

Bridgett said...

These look perfectly delicious. I love fresh rolls and the smell when they are baking is divine!

Anonymous said...

I've made them,Brenda! There's a picture on Vi's Pantry, very, very pleased with them and will use this recipe again to be sure! Jeannette.

Anonymous said...

Granny, they look fab. I made them and they were just delis. This is a keeper, my boys loved them. You are brill at this baking. A gem! Love


George said...

They look very like the Scotch Rolls you made Brenda, a lovely texture. I'll try them soon.

Nadia said...

great recipe, i (read hubby) wanted to make bread for a holiday morning, and thought an overnight risen bread would be ideal but in the morning it turned out disaster. I then quickly tastespotted and found this. Turned out awesome, hubby and daughter loved it. Thanks. This is definitely a keeper.

Dimf said...

is it possible to make this recipe whitout a stand mixer (for the moment I have limited acces to kitchen ware I'm afraid...)? Thanks in advance!

ps: I'm a bit worried: I tried a bread recipe this weekend and it was a complete disaster! probably bought the wrong yeast (I'm currently living in spain and it is hard to find good translations for ingredients)

Rhyleysgranny said...

Hi Dimf. Yes you can knead these by hand. Knead for about ten minutes.I would be inclined to add the baking powder with the flour if doing it by hand. If you are having problems with bread take a look at my bread making tips further up. It may help.:) Thanks for dropping in x

Anonymous said...

I made a similar recipe - 5 and half cups flour, 1 cup water, 1 cup milk, 1 and half Tblsp yeast, 2 Tblsp butter, 2 Tblsp sugar, 1 and half tsp salt. The rolls were yummy but I think I'll try it your way with vegetable oil instead of butter and add the baking powder as well. Thanks...

Anonymous said...

omy~me2, i hate having eegs in my bread recipes. Thx for this great recipe, im going to try this soon. :D