Bread rolls

Loaf of bread or bread rolls with sesame seeds

Makes 6 rolls.
This recipe shows how yeast ferments to produce carbon dioxide gas which pushes up the dough.

200g strong bread flour
1 level teaspoon salt
150ml warm water (mix boiling water with cold water)
1 level teaspoon sugar
10g fresh yeast or 1 packet of dried yeast
1 tablespoon oil
extra flour for dusting the work surface
Milk and sesame seeds for topping


  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/Gas 7.
  2. Put the sugar, dried yeast and warm water in a measuring jug and stir.
  3. Leave in a warm place for 10-15 minutes for the yeast to activate.
  4. Sieve the flour and salt into a bowl and stir in the yeast mixture and the oil to make a smooth dough.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a floured board and knead for 10 minutes.
    Either shape into a round loaf and cut with a cross.
    Or divide into 6 equal sized lumps of dough and shape into round rolls.
  6. Place on a greased baking tray, cover with a damp tea towel and leave in a warm, but not too hot place to double in size. This process is called proving the dough.
  7. Brush with milk, sprinkle sesame seeds over and bake for 20 minutes (loaf) 10-15 minutes (rolls) until crisp and golden.
  8. Knock the bottom to see if sounds hollow. If not, bake a little longer. Cool on a cooling rack.

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