Made Broccoli and Lentil Soup for lunch today and had no bread left at all, so made some of these cheapy bread rolls. I just use ordinary own brand self raising flour. I tried it many moons ago to see if would work, and it was fine, so I don’t bother with anything else now. I used to use strong bread flour, if you have some and want to use it, of course you can. The rolls may well be a little lighter
250g flour, 45p/1.5kg 8p
half tsp salt
7g yeast, 64p/125g 4p (or 1x 7g sachet 14p)
250ml warm water
Put the flour, yeast and salt in a large bowl. Mix hot water from the kettle and the tap to make hand hot water, 250ml. Pour in most of the water and mix with a spoon, add the rest if you need it. The dough needs to be quite loose, but not sloppy.
Put a tsp oil on the worksurface and tip the dough out onto it. The oil helps to stop the dough from sticking to the worktop, your hands, you etc. Give the dough a good kneading for about 10 minutes, until the dough is silky. Visualise your boss or someone you would like to give a good kneading to and really go for it.
Alternatively, if you are lucky enough to have a food mixer like me, bung it all in there and mix with the dough hook for 10 minutes. A friend uses a food processer and processes it for several minutes and that seems to work well too.
Heat the oven to just warm, switch it off. Cover the dough in the bowl with cling film or a moist tea-towel and put it in the oven for 20 minutes to rise.
When the 20 minutes is up, tip the dough out onto the work surface and cut and shape it into 6 rolls. Give then a good shaping and tuck the sides underneath. Put on a baking tray and pop back in the oven for another 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, take them out and place them carefully on the worktop, you don’t want to shake out any air. Heat the oven to 220/200 fan.
Bake the rolls for 20 minutes, until they sound hollow when tapped on the bottom and they have a good colour.
These are simply divine, hot out of the oven with a tiny sliver of cheese in the middle, so it half melts.
We usually have them with soup, for lunch. DP usually scoffs 3 very quickly, then complains he has stomach ache!
I’m a perpetual dieter, and to help with that endeavour, there is now also a Thrifty Lesley dieting group, a lovely, growing community