Easy Homemade Bread Rolls
I haven’t blogged for a couple of months! It’s been a hectic time with work, illnesses and getting ready for Christmas that I just haven’t had a lot of spare time. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. I am currently in Iceland for a few days which you can hear about in my next blog.
A few weeks ago however I made bread rolls with all of my nanny children – both families. All of the children loved making the bread and every child regardless of age was able to join in.
A couple of weeks ago you may have noticed I blogged about my recent trip to San Francisco with one of my nanny families. We purchased some yummy sourdough bread that was shaped of various animals. Its safe to say that our bread rolls were inspired by these!
- 3g dried yeast
- One desert spoon of vegetable oil or sunflower oil
- A large pinch of salt
- 350g strong white bread flour
- 210ml of warm water
- 1 beaten egg
First of all preheat your oven to 230 degrees or gas mark 8. Then put the flour, salt and yeast into a mixing bowl and then add the oil and water.
Mix the ingredients together well to make a firm dough. Add more flour if the mixture is too sticky and if its too dry just add a little bit of warm water.
Once a dough was formed we took it all in turns on working on the dough on a floured table. We pushed our hands into it, rolled it into balls again and again for approximately 5 minutes. You will start to feel the dough form – the children loved exploring the different textures and feeling the dough change.
We shaped our dough into different shapes. We made hedgehogs, turtles and flowers mostly. The twins decided to use some cookie cutters too – I would recommend using big cookie cutters though as the smaller ones didn’t work too well. Once your different shapes are ready pop them onto a greased baking tray and put them in a warm place. I just preheated one of the ovens on a very low heat and let them stay in there.
When the rolls have doubled in size take them out and pop a little bit of egg wash on top so you can decorate them however you wish. We used a couple of raisins for each one to give our animals some eyes! Make sure you push them in well though as our hedgehog lost one of his. On a few of them we also added some sesame seeds but you could also use poppy seeds, caraway seeds, cherries or sultanas.
Bake your rolls for 15-20 minutes. We could tell ours were done by tapping the bottom of our rolls and they sounded hollow. Place your rolls on a wire rack to cool down a little then enjoy!
The roll in the left hand bottom corner was my 6 year olds model of one of his toy robots called Cozmo!
A handy little hint…
To make the spikes for your hedgehog and to make flower rolls use a pair of scissors!
Now get baking! I never knew making bread could be so easy 🙂