3 Aug 2011

TOI’s version of Hamburger Rolls

I love bread, but as I also know bread is not good for my waist line. However since we moved here I decided to learn how to bake bread because bread is expensive in the supermarket and sometimes I want to eat some. For this reason, before I got my brand new kitchen aid mixer, I started learn by mixing all the ingredient together by hand.

Although my mother used to be a baker in Ghana and for some time had a business, I titled Mummy’s Bread, in Italy, I never learnt how to bake bread her way. So, this bread baking thing is a new endeavour for me.

The first thing I needed was a good bread – I searched the internet and tried some but none came out well – in the end I went to the library and got this book:thebook

I decided to try hamburger roll with a twist.

The ingredients: ingredients

  • 3 1/4 cups of bread flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (I opted for brown sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon dry yeast
  • 1tablespoon non-fat dry milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • additional flour for assorted tasks


  • 1 egg, beaten for brushing
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, for garnish 

mixingdough1. In a bowl mix the water, yeast, milk powder, sugar, butter and floor – the book suggests you use a standing electric mixer with the dough hook attached, but I didn’t have that privilege at the time so I used my energy. Still mixing add salt and continue kneading for 10 minutes.

P70114062. Place the dough in a large floured bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rest for 1 hour.

3. transfer the dough to a floured work surface and flatten in out with your palm of the hand to remove air pockets.

4. Divide the dough in half, then each half into 4 equal pieces, for a total of 8. Form each piece into a ball – my came very bad.

5. Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll each ball into a1/2-inch-thick circle. Place the dough circles in a parchment paper-lined baking pan 1 inch apart – optional, brush with the beaten egg and sprinkle sesame seeds on top. Let rise for 1 hour.

6. Bake in a preheated 350*F oven for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.


If I was baking for look wise, I wouldn’t pass the test, but I would pass for taste.

I wanted the rolls for both hamburgers and also as breakfast rolls. For this reason, I took the liberty not to use egg for brushing and sesame seeds for garnishing.

As soon as I took the rolls out from the oven, I toasted few and spread orange marmalade on top for breakfast. breakfastrolls It was yummy.

Now that I have my kitchen aid, I am sure I am going to become better with practice – watch out Bree and Nigella Lawson!


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  1. WOW...i am way impressed! i looks delicious and some jam would be perfect with it too im sure!

  2. So kind Mrs Pancakes :).

  3. when i was younger my mom use to make the most delicious bread! we use to beg her for it ... i would love to learn how to make my own bread!

    yours looks incredible and so yummy! great job!

  4. These look absolutely delicious...i want a bite!


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