Baking is therapeutic, Baking is fun and baking in big lots before the weekend is most of the breakfast job done!
I am now trying to work on basic proportion for dough that can be used for different kinds of breads. This Friday morning made garlic and cilantro pull apart rolls with home made butter.Universally loved and approved 😀 This dough gives soft rolls and can also be used to make burger buns.
For the dough
3 cups All purpose flour (Maida)
1 tsp Instant yeast or 1 1/4 tsp Active dry yeast (If using active dry,proof in 1/4 cup of warm milk and a tsp of sugar from the recipe)
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup warm milk
2 Tbsp olive oil/butter
For the filling
Mix all the ingredients given below to prepare the filling.
2 Tbsp butter at room temperature(I used home made butter)
1 tsp mixed herbs (Optional) oregano,basil,rosemary and garlic powder,can use fresh or dry
¼ tsp fresh ground pepper
¼ tsp salt (If using unsalted butter)
1 Tbsp minced garlic
2 Tbsp fine chopped cilantro/coriander leaves
- If using active dry yeast: Prove the yeast by adding the sugar to 1/4 cup of warm milk (from the total 1 cup of milk) . Mix well. The milk has to be just the right temperature- not too hot because that will kill the yeast not too cool because the yeast won’t prove. Drop some on the back of your wrist and it should feel warm there. Add the yeast and rest covered for 10-15 minutes. The yeast should froth like soapy bubbles. If it doesn’t, throw the mix and start afresh. Proper proving of the yeast is vital to good bread!
If using instant yeast : it can be added to the flour directly.
- In a big bowl, take the flour, salt butter,sugar and yeast. Mix well.
- Slowly adding the warm milk, knead till you get a soft and smooth dough. It takes about 7-8 minutes.
- Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl, cover with cling film, or a kitchen towel and rest till it doubles. it took me an hour, but may take longer in cold weather and less time when the weather is warm and humid. Watch the dough rather than the clock! The dough should double up. This is the first prove.
- Remove from the bowl once the dough is doubled and gently knock out the air. Split it into two and roll each out into a a rectangle about one inch thick. Spread the filling generously.
- Roll the circle/square to make a cylinder.
- Cut into equal pieces using a pizza-cutter or a knife
- Place the cut cylinders into a well greased baking pan
- Cover and let it rise for till the rolls are nice, puffy and doubled up.
- When there are 20 minutes to go, pre-heat the oven at 200C.
- Brush gently with milk and bake at 180C for 20-25 minutes till golden brown
- Serve fresh out of the oven.
The pull aparts are great on their own or can be served for any of the meals really.
Have a great weekend! 🙂