Mandira: It doesn’t get simpler than this. Very basic bread that needs limited skills. Perfect for people like me who have a hate-hate relationship with yeast!!:)
Lakshmi: This is one of my favourite recipes for bread – the crumb is fabulously soft and tender. This bread literally melts in your mouth!! Apart from rolls, the recipe works well for loaves and braided breads as well. The original recipe at allrecipes.com calls for bread flour which I have so far not found in India. I use All Purpose Flour with a protein content of 12%.
- Maida – 2 cups
- Milk/ Water – 3/4 cup
- Yeast – 2 tsp
- Honey/ Sugar – 2 tsp
- Salt – 1/2 tsp
- Olive Oil – 2 tbsp
- Butter (optional) – to grease the top
- Warm the Water/Milk. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Dissolve sugar. Add yeast and set aside for 10 minutes until yeast is activated.
- Add 2 cups of flour and the salt to the yeast and incorporate. Gradually add the rest of the flour and incorporate into a dough. Add the oil.
- Knead for 5 minutes until the dough feels smooth and elastic. Transfer to a kneading surface if needed. Cover and let the dough rise to about double its size – about 1-2 hours.
- Deflate the dough.Divide into 6 parts. Shape each part into a ball. Place balls on a baking tray about an inch or so apart. Cover and let them rise until they look puffed for about 1 hour. Preheat oven to 200 C bake for 15 minutes or until golden.
- Brush with butter once the rolls come out.
- Cool on a wire rack
Source: Jo Caitlin at Allrecipes.com
Lakshmi’s notes: There is really not much that can go wrong with this recipe. Be sure not to kill your yeast with too much heat or introducing yeast to water without bringing the yeast to room temperature. Reduce the distance between the balls before baking and you will get pav buns! I generally mist my bread before baking – i.e. spray some water over the bread – this ensures an even toned crust as well as a better crumb.
Mandira’s notes: The other name for these rolls ,at least for me, is sweet success. I have had horrid luck with bread so far. Irrespective of what I did something went wrong each time.Extremely frustrating. Seems like with the rolls my bread fate has changed. I am no longer destined to make flat,hard, tasteless bread. Of course I still need to learn a lot, shaping bread for instance is something I know squat about. But still, I m just very happy that for the first time very my bread worked! And we actually ate what come out of the oven for dinner. I have absolutely nothing else to say. 🙂