This is a basic recipe for bun, braided roll, dinner roll ..
Please use standard measuring cups and spoons. Fresh ingredients for best results.
A piece of advice at the start itself (this is the lesson learnt from my many disasters) – If the yeast is not fermenting as described / also shown in the picture – never go any further. The flour won’t rise. Get a new pack of yeast and start all over again.
5 tablespoons warm water (75 ml)
3 teaspoons (1 tablespoon) sugar
1 teaspoon active dry yeast (please use fresh packet)
Dilute 1 teaspoon active dry yeast with 5 tablespoons warm water and 3 teaspoons sugar. Gently stir well. Let it stand for 15 minutes, until it fermented / well risen and doubled in quantity (see the photo).
For the dough:
400 g / 2 cups (Indian standard measuring cup of 200 ml / 8 oz capacity) all purpose flour (maida)
2 teaspoon butter
50 ml milk + extra 3 teaspoon milk
1 egg, beat well
1 teaspoon extra butter (to grease baking tray)
1 small egg (for final stage of baking)
1 teaspoon milk
1 st stage:
For the dough:
Melt 2 teaspoons butter in 50 ml medium hot milk and keep aside.
Beat 1 small egg with 1 teaspoon milk and keep aside for final stage of baking (egg wash ).
Place 2 cups of flour in a large bowl (or first add 1 1/2 cups of flour and later adjust with remaining 1/2 cup flour), and stir in salt. Make a well in the centre, and pour 50 ml milk – butter mix , fermented yeast mixture and beaten egg. Knead into a dough. Sprinkle extra 1 - 3 teaspoons of reserved milk if required until you have a soft moist dough that can be handled well and soft. Turn out onto a floured surface, and knead for at least 10 minutes (make an extra soft dough – softer than a soft toy). Return to the bowl, cover with a wet towel (wet towel and dough should not touch each other) and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
For the filling:
Any filling of your choice (vegetable / egg / meat / paneer / spicy potato)
1 tablespoon oil
1 onion, finely chopped (or 4 spring onion, finely chopped)
(or 1/2 cup / 80 g minced chicken meat instead of vegetables or 3 boiled egg, cut into cubes)
6 French beans, very finely chopped
3 carrots, very finely chopped
2 tablespoon very finely shredded cabbage
1 teaspoon soy sauce
Heat oil in a pan. Add chopped onion and fry until golden brown. Add finely chopped vegetables (or minced meat). Stir fry for5 minutes on a low heat. Add soy sauce and mix well. Cover with a tight lid and cook on a medium to low heat for 10 minutes. Adjust salt to taste. Keep aside to cool for 10 minutes.
2 nd stage:
Punch the dough down. Turn onto a floured surface; cover and let rest for 15 minutes.
3 rd stage:
Divide dough into 8 parts. Shape each into a round bun / ball. Repeat with remaining dough.
Make cup shape of each bun (fill like aloo paratha) and carefully stuff 1 – 2 tablespoon filling – do not fill too much of the filling and again make a perfect ball and place it over the greased baking sheets. Cover it and let it rise in a warm place until doubled, for about 30 minutes. Leave 1 - inch gap between each bun.
Preheat oven (OTG) at 375 * F or 190 * C.
Beat egg with 1 teaspoon milk; brush over rolls. Bake at 375° *F or 190 *C for 18 - 22 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool. Serve with any accompaniment of your choice