Friday, January 13

Perfectly simple bread rolls

Mmm, bread. There's nothing nicer than the smell of warm, freshly baked bread drifting through the house. Cutting the first slice, crusty exterior, soft springy dough inside, still steaming slightly.

Add a knob of butter, let it begin to melt a little, take a bite, and you're in heaven.

Bread is made in our breadmaker every other day, but sometimes it's nice to do it by hand. My younger brother found the best basic bread roll recipe which is now our stand-by. It never fails to produce bread so tasty you can eat it plain.

A lot of people are daunted by the thought of making their own bread and imagine it to be some vastly complicated process - it's not. It's really simple and tastes so so much better than processed cardboard bread. And it's much cheaper too!

You will need

1 oz butter
8oz brown/wholemeal/granary strong bread flour
8 oz white strong bread flour
1 sachet fast action dried yeast
1 tsp brown sugar, 1 tsp salt (although it's just as nice without these, if you want to be healthy)
275ml warm water
1 beaten egg
Seeds, for topping (optional)

to do this:

Mix the flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl and rub in the butter. Make a well in the middle of the mixture and pour the water in.
Mix with a wooden spoon until it comes to a dough, then form into a ball with your hands.
On a well floured surface, knead the dough (Youtube/google this if you aren't sure of the technique). Knead for about 6-8 minutes, then form into a ball and divide into 12 even sized pieces.
Roll these pieces into balls then place onto a greased tray. Cover with clingfilm and leave in a warm place (airing cupboard is good) for about 40 minutes, until they have doubled in size.
Brush the rolls with the beaten egg, then if you like, sprinkle with seeds of your choice (poppy, sesame, etc).
Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

For sweet buns, you could mix in some spices (cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, etc), orange zest or dried fruit, when you're adding the water. Glaze the buns with marmalade when they're warm out of the oven (that's a tip stolen from Nigel Slater!).

These are some of the first photos taken with my new camera, which I'm slowly (sort of) getting to grips with.


Winter has finally arrived and I woke up to a really stunning frost today. I wish I lived in the countryside during weather like this - Jack Frost is a bit lost on surburban houses and cars. I'd go out tramping through the ice with camera in hand. Neverthless, cold icy mornings call for a bowl of gingerbread porridge and my warmest jumper.

I've got a boring weekend ahead full of work and portfolio preparation but am motoring on through! Sometimes it's easy to lose sight of what you're aiming for, especially when it seems so far away. This line of poetry keeps going through my head, from 'Going Places' by Lemn Sissay:

I think I'll paint roads
on my front room walls
to convince myself
that I'm going places.

Anyway, must get back to work. I hope your weekends look more exciting than mine!


  1. These rolls look *amazing*! I just love fresh bread, it's so comforting, there is nothing better!

  2. Ohh, they truly look delicious! I love fresh bread - and sesame seeds too! Nom nom nom!

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  3. Wow, these look super delicious. Must try this recipe soon, would be lovely with some hot soup on these chilly days :)


  4. yummy !!!

  5. Oh gosh! These look delicious! :D I really need start baking more bread, there's nothing like fresh bread and it's really cost effective to bake too!

    Have a lovely day! //Niina

  6. These buns look really nice - I'm not sure they'd look like that if I made them, but I think I will try... Thank you for sharing the recipe. K.

  7. they look so rustic and tasty! x