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BREAD ROLLS – RECIPE FROM 1978

BREAD ROLLS – RECIPE FROM 1978

DELICIOUS LITTLE BREAD ROLLS – RECIPE FROM 1978

 

These little bread rolls are the easiest to make and a fun addition to your meal! We love some bread rolls with soup. Recently, we enjoyed some with potato and leek soup. I have some fond memories with this bread rolls recipe as it marked the beginning of a long and colorful food journey for me.

I got into baking when I was a teenager. My Mum was a fantastic cook and was a big inspiration for me to explore more in the kitchen. She had the feel of the recipes at her fingertips however when she gave instructions or wrote down a recipe she left many things to the imagination. Following her recipes was always a daunting task. 

One day we went over for lunch to one of my Mum’s work colleagues and she served soup and some beautiful bread rolls that I instantly fell in love with!

She lovingly gave me the recipe for the bread rolls in an old fashioned letter and envelope in her beautiful handwriting – This recipe brings back so many fond memories of Sweden with me and that is the exact recipe I am sharing with you today.

I have held on to this treasure since 1978 and I am over the moon to get to share this with you all.

Bread rolls Handwritten recipe

 

Temperature is very important while baking because if the yeast mixture gets too hot your will dough will not rise. For these bread rolls, you must heat your yeast mixture till it reaches 37ºC.

There are two ways you can measure temperature to get to 37ºC. One is to use a thermometer or if you do not have a kitchen thermometer, the rule of thumb is – you dip your little pinkie finger into the buttermilk mixture and it should just feel warm not hot. That should be about 37ºC.

Now let’s get to the recipe in detail!

 

What ingredients do you need to make little Bread Rolls?

15 gm Dried yeast or 50 gm fresh yeast

50 gm Butter

500 ml Milk

1 ½ teaspoon Himalayan salt

2 teaspoons Sugar

1300 ml Flour (I normally take about 1100 -1200 ml of flour for the dough)

For Brushing: 

1 Egg

3 teaspoons Poppy seeds

Bread rolls recipe Ingredients-min 

Instructions to make Bread Rolls

 
Step 1

Put the yeast in a bowl. If you are using fresh yeast, crumble the yeast with your finger tips.

Step 2

In a pot on the stove melt butter till it has just melted, then add the milk. On low heat warm the butter milk till it reaches 37ºC. Cooking Tip 1! If the yeast mixture gets too hot your will dough will not rise.

Step 3

Pour the milk butter over the yeast. Stir till everything is mixed. Add the salt and sugar. ( The sugar will disappear when the dough rises).

Step 4

Then take about 1200 gm flour and mix it with the yeast mixture using either a big wooden spoon or fork or in a machine like a KitchenAid. Keep some flour for later.

Bread rolls recipe dough
Step 5

Once the flour is mixed well, and the dough has formed, then cover the dough with a clean tea towel. Keep it in a warm draft free place and let the dough rise for about 30 minutes to 1 hour. The dough should rise about double in size.

Step 6

Turn your oven on at 225ºC

Step 7

On a floured working bench work your dough by kneading it by hand for about 5 minutes. Divide your dough into 4 equal pieces.

Step 8

Roll each piece of dough and cut 8 equal pieces. Roll each roll into a ball, and put on an oven tray with baking paper. Cover your rolls with a clean tea towel and let them rise for a further 15 – 30 minutes.

Step 9

Cut a cross on each roll. Whisk up the egg and brush each roll with the egg. Sprinkle poppy seeds on each roll.

Step 10

Cook in the oven for 10 minutes till the rolls are golden brown. Your fresh bread rolls are ready!

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Bread rolls

April 28, 2021
: 32 rolls
: 10 min
: 1 hr 40 min
: Medium

Bread rolls recipe all the way from Sweden that I have treasured over decades!

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Ingredients
  • 15 gm dried yeast or 50 gm fresh yeast
  • 50 gm butter
  • 500 ml milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1300 gm Bread flour (I normally take about 11-1200 gm of flour that is enough)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 teaspoons poppy seeds
Directions
  • Step 1 Put the yeast in a bowl. We are using dried yeast. If you are using fresh yeast, just crumble the yeast with your finger tips.
  • Step 2 Put a pot on the stove on low heat, and melt the butter. When it has just melted, add the milk. On low heat, warm the butter milk till it reaches just 37ºC. Be careful of this, because if the yeast mixture gets too hot, your will dough will not rise.
  • Step 3 Now pour the milk butter over the yeast and stir till everything is mixed well. Add the salt and sugar. (The sugar will disappear when the dough rises).
  • Step 4 Then take about 1200 gms flour and mix it with the yeast mixture using either a big wooden spoon or fork or in a machine like a KitchenAid. Keep some flour for later.
  • Step 5 Once the flour is mixed well, and the dough has formed, then cover your dough with a clean tea towel. Keep it in a warm draft free place and let the dough rise for about 30 minutes to 1 hour. The dough should rise about double in size.
  • Step 6 Turn your oven on at 225ºC
  • Step 7 On a floured working bench, work your dough by kneading it by hand for about 5 minutes. Divide your dough into 4 equal pieces.
  • Step 8 Roll each piece of dough and cut 8 equal pieces. Roll each roll into a ball, and put on an oven tray with baking paper. Cover your rolls with a clean tea towel and let them rise for a further 15 – 30 minutes.
  • Step 9 Cut a cross on each roll. Whisk up the egg and brush each roll with the egg. Sprinkle poppy seeds on each roll.
  • Step 10 Cook in the oven for 10 minutes till the rolls are golden brown.

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