I’ve wanted to have a go at making bread for a while. and rolls seemed to be a good place to start. I have never met anyone that likes bread as much as Rien. He will make everything into a sandwich and I have no doubt that if he had to pick his last meal it would be a sandwich! So I knew he would give me an honest opinion. After a few bites, he was staring at his plate waving his hands around saying “I don’t get it, these are perfect. They’re amazing.” I think I am forgiven for dragging him to Ikea on a Saturday and I have a feeling I will be making a lot more bread from now on!
500g bread flour
7g (one sachet) fast-action yeast
1 1/2 tsp caster sugar
2 tsp salt
300ml luke warm water
3 tbsp olive oil
- Mix the flour, yeast, salt and caster sugar together in a bowl
- Make a well in the middle and pour in the water and olive oil. Gradually mix in the flour with a knife until it comes together into a dough
- Lightly flour the work top and empty the dough onto it. Knead the dough for ten minutes. I push the dough with the palm of my hand then pull it back and keep repeating and turning the dough
- Put the dough in a large lightly oiled bowl, then cover. It should feel smooth and elastic. Leave to prove for an hour
- After an hour knock back the dough. This is the process of removing the air from the dough. I do this by first punching the dough down in the bowl and then kneading it for another ten minutes
- Roll the dough into a long sausage and divide into eight sections. Roll each section into a bowl and place on a baking tray to prove for an hour making sure you cover it
- Preheat the oven to 220ºC and bake for 10-15 minutes. To test if they are ready, tap the bottom and if they sound hollow they’re done
You can also make the dough up until the first prove and and put it in the bowl in the fridge over night.
I decided to use the rolls to make my own version of a Nandos burger. I marinated chicken thighs in the medium Nandos marinade and put in the rolls with lettuce and mayonnaise. According to Rien it was even better than Nandos!