I must tell about the easiest, and most yummy bread product I made on Monday.
This is perfect for kiddies (to eat, and help make), and to accompany soups and casserole-y type stuff.
You, could start this at about 4pm and they would be on the table for an early Winters' tea.
We shall call this....mmm
spiral scroll rolls
You will need :
1 teasp dry yeast
2/3 cup of lukewarm water
2 cups of good bread flour ( '00') is good
1/2 of salt
1/4 cup of olive oil
Then what ever you want inside....
get a big mixing bowl
Turn on the oven to about 200 degrees C or 400 F
*tip in the flour, yeast, sugar and salt, making sure the salt is on the other side from the yeast, pour in the lukewarm water and oil. Combine with a spoon, to begin with. Then abandon the spoon, take off your rings and get amongst it.
Knead...I use my hands, never the dough hook of a mixer, or a bread machine. If you know how to do this, go for it. Knead for as long as you can, no less than 5mins, the longer the better. You know when it's done by the amount of spring back there is when you press your thumb in it.
Make it into a tidy ball, spray/grease a bowl, place the dough in it, cover with a clean, damp tea towel. And find a warm, draft free place to put it for about 1/2 hour. I put mine on top of the stove while the oven is
When the dough has risen a bit...don't be alarmed if it doesn't look very impressive. It will be delicious.
Knead the dough a bit more on a lightly floured surface.
get a rolling pin out, roll out the dough until it's about 1/2 to 1 cm thick
get your ingredients that you want. In our instance - spread the tomato paste, pizza style, lay the ham out, cover with cheese
Now, I think this is the fun part. Roll up the ingredients, do this so there is no looseness in the roll.
You should have a dough sausage shape now.
Cut with a sharp knife, slices about 2cms thick, and place onto a lightly floured tray/dish. It looks great if you place them next to each other, like a flower.
Whack them in the oven for about 40mins, check then every 5ish minutes after that to get them just the right amount of golden for you.
When they're ready, place the rolls (still all joined) on to a wire rack to cool for a few minutes, then serve while still warm with whatever warming goodies you have...or just by themselves cut through with a big blob of butter.
Please try this, it's so easy, don't be afraid of the yeast!