My new years resolution, amongst other things is to start blogging more, I really was slacking at the end of 2013, and maybe the beginning of this year already!!
The first recipe I want to share with you is a must have recipe as although we used them for burgers, they can be used for lunchtime sandwiches or dipping in your soup! Most people think that baking bread is too hard and time consuming (which it is a little) but this recipe for my Homemade Burger Rolls may change your mind;
- 1 Knob of Melted Butter
- 500g of Plain Flour
- 7g of Dried Yeast
- 1tsp of Salt
- 375ml Luke Warm Water
- Sieve the flour, salt and yeast into a large bowl
- Make a well in the middle of the mixture and add the water
- Using a metal spoon mix the ingredients from the middle, slowly pulling more of the flour into the water until they are all combined
- Then use your hands to bring the mixture together, this is my favourite bit, but is very messy!
- Transfer the dough to a well floured surface and knead for 10-15 minutes. You know the dough is ready when you poke it with your finger and it springs back to shape.
- Once the dough has been kneaded to this point, grease a bowl and place the dough inside
- Cover with cling film and place somewhere warm for an hour so the dough can double in size. If you do not have an airing closet I find placing it on a chair in front of a pre-heated oven works best!
- Once the dough has doubled you need to ‘knock’ the air out of it by literally punching the centre of the dough to release any additional carbon dioxide build up, the louder the ‘fart’ the better!
- Remove the dough from the bowl and knead on a floured surface for a further 5 minutes
- Then roll the dough into a long tube and divide up equally into 8 pieces
- Shape each piece into a ‘bread roll’ shape and place on baking parchment, leaving a large gap between as the rolls will grown and ‘kiss’
- You now need to preheat the oven to 200C (making it the perfect heat for the second prove)
- Cover the rolls with cling film and place in your warm spot for 30 minutes, their size should again double
- After 30 minutes remove the cling film and lightly brush the bowl with water and place in the oven to bake for 15-18 minutes
- When the rolls are cooked remove from the oven and leave to cool for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack, once they are cool enough to touch, they are cool enough to eat!
So this recipe for Homemade Burger Rolls is still quite time consuming, but once you have created the dough, you really can get on with other things whilst it is proving. For me the rewards of freshly baked bread definitely outweigh any effort it takes to bake them. This recipe creates crusty rolls, which are my favourite and are the perfect accompaniment to homemade burgers!