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Homemade Bread Rolls Recipe

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Welcome to our baking section! Today, we’re sharing a simple and delightful recipe for Homemade Bread Rolls. These rolls are soft, fluffy, and perfect for any meal, whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Let’s get started!

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Ingredients

  • 570g wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 8g dry yeast
  • 360ml warm water
  • 1 egg + 1 egg white
  • 20ml vegetable oil
  • Sesame seeds (optional, for topping)

Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Dough

  1. Activate the Yeast: In a small bowl, dissolve the sugar in the warm water. Sprinkle the dry yeast over the water and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes until it becomes frothy.
  2. Combine Dry Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine the wheat flour and salt. Mix well.
  3. Add Wet Ingredients: Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add the activated yeast mixture, the egg, egg white, and vegetable oil. Mix until the ingredients are well combined and a sticky dough forms.

Step 2: Knead the Dough

  1. Knead the Dough: Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour as needed.
  2. First Rise: Place the kneaded dough in a lightly oiled bowl, turning it to coat all sides with oil. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap. Let the dough rise in a warm place for about 1-2 hours, or until it has doubled in size.

Step 3: Shape the Rolls

  1. Punch Down the Dough: Once the dough has risen, punch it down to release the air. Transfer it to a lightly floured surface.
  2. Shape the Rolls: Divide the dough into equal portions (about 12-15 pieces, depending on the size you prefer). Shape each portion into a smooth ball and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Ensure there is enough space between each roll for them to expand.
  3. Second Rise: Cover the shaped rolls with a clean kitchen towel and let them rise again in a warm place for about 30-45 minutes, or until they have doubled in size.

Step 4: Bake the Rolls

  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Egg Wash and Sesame Seeds: In a small bowl, beat the remaining egg white. Brush the tops of the rolls with the beaten egg white and sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired.
  3. Bake the Rolls: Bake the rolls in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until they are golden brown and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.
  4. Cool the Rolls: Remove the rolls from the oven and let them cool on a wire rack.

Step 5: Serve

  1. Serve Warm: Serve the homemade bread rolls warm, with butter or your favorite spread. Enjoy!

Cooking Notes and Tips

  • Yeast Activation: Make sure the water is warm (not hot) to activate the yeast properly. Hot water can kill the yeast, while cold water won’t activate it.
  • Kneading: Proper kneading is essential for developing the gluten in the dough, which gives the rolls their structure and texture.
  • Rising: Ensure the dough rises in a warm, draft-free place. If your kitchen is cold, you can place the bowl in a turned-off oven with the oven light on for gentle warmth.

Variations

Herb and Garlic Rolls

Add 1 tsp of dried herbs (such as rosemary, thyme, or oregano) and 1-2 minced garlic cloves to the dough for extra flavor.

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Cheese Rolls

Mix 1/2 cup of grated cheese into the dough or sprinkle cheese on top of the rolls before baking.

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Sweet Rolls

Increase the sugar to 3 tbsp and add 1 tsp of vanilla extract to the dough. Brush the rolls with a simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water) after baking for a sweet glaze.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use whole wheat flour?

Yes, you can substitute up to half of the wheat flour with whole wheat flour for a healthier option. Note that the texture may be slightly denser.

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How do I store leftover rolls?

Store leftover rolls in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. To keep them longer, freeze them in a freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months.

Can I use instant yeast?

Yes, you can use instant yeast. If using instant yeast, you can skip the activation step and mix the yeast directly with the dry ingredients.

How can I make the rolls fluffier?

Ensure the dough is well-kneaded and allow sufficient rising time for a fluffy texture. You can also add 1-2 tablespoons of milk powder to the dough for extra softness.

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These Homemade Bread Rolls are a delightful addition to any meal. With their soft, fluffy texture and delicious flavor, they’re sure to become a family favorite. Enjoy making and sharing these rolls with your loved ones!