One of the most homely smells to me is fresh bread baking in the oven. I really don’t think you can beat home-made bread. These white rolls we have frequently, with BBQ’s, picnics or just to make sandwiches for packed lunch. I usually make a mix of seeded and plain but you can add what toppings you wish, or just leave plain. I use my Kenwood mixer with the dough hook to make life easier, but you can just as easily make these in a bowl and knead by hand. They are great with burgers for a BBQ, Bailey certainly approves.
Makes about 12
- 450g strong plain white bread flour
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1½ tsp salt
- 1½ tsp fast action dried yeast
- 300 ml (½ pint) lukewarm milk
for the topping
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tbsp water
- mixed seeds
- Place the flour into your mixer bowl, add the sugar and salt to one side and the yeast to the other. Using the dough hook on minimum speed, gradually add the milk until all combined.
- Knead for 1 minute on the minimum setting, then 4 minutes on speed 1 until smooth and elastic.
- Remove the Kenwood bowl and cover with lightly oiled cling film and leave to rise in a warm place for about 1 hour.
- Prepare 2 baking sheets by lining with parchment paper. Once your dough has risen after its hour of proving, take out from the bowl onto a lightly floured surface and knead/knock back the dough for about 30-60 seconds. Then divide your dough into about 12 equal pieces rolling them into the shape you wish (I have made round rolls here but you could do oblong batons, you could plait 2 or 3 pieces of dough to make a plaited roll, whatever takes your fancy) and place onto your prepared baking sheets, allowing a little space between each roll. Cover the shaped dough with lightly oiled cling film and leave to rise for about 30 minutes.
- Preheat your oven to 200 degrees fan oven. Mix the egg yolk and water together in a small bowl/dish, and brush over each roll so the tops are covered and sprinkle with your mixed seeds or just leave plain.
- Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes until golden brown, then allow to cool on a wire rack. Enjoy!