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Breads and Rolls Recipes

Breads and Rolls Recipes

There is an endless variety of breads you can create and they are not difficult to make. You can use either fresh, dried, or easy-blend yeast for the recipes. Professional bakers always use fresh yeast, which you can buy at the delicatessen or some supermarkets. This does not need as long to activate as dried yeast, so you can simply mix it to a paste and then use it fairly quickly. Ordinary dried yeast needs to be mixed with warm water and sugar and left for about 20 minutes until frothy before being added to the flour. Easy-blend yeast is added to the dried ingredients before the warm liquid is mixed in and the dough is made. This is the easiest way to start if you are not used to making bread, so just adjust the recipe method according to the instructions on the packet.

The kneading is essential when making bread, so remember to keep going until the dough is smooth and no longer sticky, otherwise the yeast will not work properly. Some people enjoy kneading by hand; others like to make the job quicker and easier by using a food processor the choice is yours. It will take only a few minutes in a processor, but you should knead for at least 10 minutes if you are working by hand.

Most mixtures are left to rise twice: the second rising is often called proving. Times will vary depending on the recipe and the temperature of the room, but, in a warm room, the dough should take about 1 hour to double in size on the first rising, and about 40 minutes on the second rising. Cover the dough with oiled clingfilm (plastic wrap) or a damp tea towel (dish cloth) to prevent a skin forming on the top.

Between risings, you can shape your dough in almost any way you like use a loaf tin (pan), form into a traditional bloomer shape, press two pieces into a cottage loaf make into rolls. Remember that if you make smaller-sized loaves, the cooking time will be reduced. Breads usually need to be baked in a hot oven, and are ready when the loaves sound hollow when tapped on the base.

  1. Basic White Loaf

  2. Bagels

  3. Baps

  4. Creamy Barley Loaf

  5. Beer Bread

  6. Boston Brown Bread

  7. Bran Flowerpots

  8. Buttered Rolls

  9. Buttermilk Loaf

  10. Canadian Corn Bread

  11. Cornish Rolls

  12. Country Flat Bread

  13. Country Poppyseed Plait

  14. Country Wholemeal Bread

  15. Curry Plaits

  16. Devon Splits

  17. Fruited Wheatgerm Bread

  18. Fruity Milk Plaits

  19. Granary Bread

  20. Granary Rolls

  21. Granary Bread with Hazelnuts

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