Let's face it - making bread rolls is adult Playdoh, as we shall see.
I like to make the bread dough in my bread maker because it's less messy, and it makes sure I leave the dough for the full proving time, I'm too impatient if I do it myself. So I bung the ingredients into the bread maker, set the 'dough' setting and amuse myself for an hour and a half (if anyone is thinking rude thoughts now you should go and have a cold shower). I don't bake the bread in the bread machine though as I don't like the shape, and I prefer to be able to adjust the oven temperature and cooking time too, and of course I like to make bread rolls as well as loaves.
The ingredients I use for basic bread rolls:
- 1 and 1/3 cups water
- 4 cups unbleached strong bread flour
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- a knob of butter
- approx 1 teaspoon of easy bake dry yeast (I use some of a sachet)
Then take the dough and divide it into two, divide each half again and divide each resulting piece into 3. Don't ask why, I just like 12 rolls, those keen can make 13 for a 'baker's dozen'.
And here's the playdoh bit. I make the rolls into fun shapes because I can, and because life is too short to eat boring bread. I like to knead and roll and pull the soft dough, I favour knots and plaits and mini cottage loaf styles, (DD said they looked like anuses), and I admit I was worried about the hedgehogs..
|Roll and tie for the knot, and for the cottage loaf use two balls and poke a finger hard into the middle!
|Cut the dough so it looks like it has three tails and plait, at one end the plait stays joined, fold the other end under
|Use a pair of clean scissors to 'snip' in the hedgehog spines.
The rolls were cooked in the oven at gas 6 for 20 minutes. (Don't forget to tap their bottoms when they look done, they should sound hollow)
And even the hedgehogs turned out OK - you'll be pleased to know they all tasted good too.