There are two ways of making bread rolls.
- Buy bread flour with incorporated yeast and follow directions.
- Shape into mini rolls.
Or, you can become an expert mini roll baker and impress your family. The truly homemade version is just as easy and it puts you in control over the type of flour or additions that you put into your rolls. For example, I love adding poppy or sesame seeds to mine. You can also take it a step further and throw in some nuts or olive pieces...
The key to making bread rolls, whether they are mini or regular, is patience. Make sure the dough rises slowly. I love to make bread in the wintertime, as I put my dough bowl on top of a radiator, which really puffs it up. In the warmer months I place it close to where I'm cooking.
Mini Bread Roll Recipe
500g/1lb 2oz unbleached strong white organic bread flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp dried yeast
30g/1oz softened butter or oil
75ml/2½fl oz milk, lukewarm
225ml/8fl oz warm water
1 egg white 3tbs of toasted sesame seeds
I make my rolls without a bread machine.
- Mix the flour, salt and dried yeast in a bowl.
- Slowly incorporate the softened butter into the mixture, so that it becomes coarse.
- In a separate bowl mix warm milk and water.
- Add the milk/ water mixture to the flour mixture and combine well with your hands. Shape it into a ball.
- Gently knead the dough until it's elastic and smooth. Add a bit of lukewarm water if the dough is looking too dry.
- Return the dough ball to the bowl and let it sit in a warm place for 1.5hrs. The ball should double in size.
- After the ball puffs up, slap it back.
- Now you are ready to shape your rolls. To make mini rolls, take a bit of dough and using the palm of your hands shape a little ball, Flatten it a bit.
- I like to then brush my little rolls with white egg mixture and then sprinkle the rolls with sesame seeds.
- Place the rolls in a pre-heated oven (220C or 425F) for 8-10 minutes, until they are golden and fragrant and delicious.
Mini Bread Roll Fillings
Here is where the fun begins. These rolls are truly an amazing conduit into all kinds of food introductions.
Serve them with cheese, ham, tuna salad, jam and cream cheese, olive tapenade and cucumber, arugula and tomato...
Did I mention you can easily freeze them and reheat them in the oven in few minutes? And yes, adults love them just as much during cocktail parties!