I used to love milk bread from a local bakers as a kid but they no longer sell them so I have devised my own. The inside is soft and slightly squidgy and the crust is very lightly browned. I started making them into plaited mini loaves for a bit of fun and my family love them so I continue to make them like that, although normal rolls are OK too.
If you want to make them you will need
- 500g strong white flour
- 7g salt
- 10g quick yeast (approx 2 tsp)
- 1 tbsp olive oil plus a little to stop it sticking to the bowl
- 300ml (approx) warm milk (I use skimmed but anything you have in the fridge is fine)
What to do
Put the dry ingredients into a large bowl, making sure the salt and yeast are not touching.
Warm the milk in a pan or I use the microwave, it should be hot but not too hot (you should be able to put your finger in it for 10 seconds and it feel comfortable – but please do not burn yourself). Add the oil and milk to the dry ingredients.
Mix together and turn out onto a work surface to knead, this will take 7 to 10 minutes until the dough is stretchy and smooth.
Place the kneaded dough back into the bowl, which has been oiled with a little olive oil, and cover with cling film or a tea towel and leave to rise.
The dough needs to at least double in size and be full of air bubbles, this can take anything between an hour and three hours depending on the room temperature, my advice is to check it every hour.
Once it has risen sufficiently turn out the dough onto a work surface or board (no need for extra flour) and push out the air with your fingers.
Now you need to shape the dough, you can either make round rolls or plaited mini rolls. To plait the dough cut into six equal pieces (you can make 2 plaits from this amount of dough) and roll each piece into long sausage shapes measuring around 25 to 35 cm long. Using three sausages lay them into a star shape intersecting in the middle then plait from the middle downwards then the top upwards.
Place the plaits onto a lined baking sheet and leave to rise for appox 30 mins.
Heat your oven to 2000C and cook for 20 minutes making sure they are cooked but not too brown. You may need to turn them after half way through the cooking time.
Once baked cool on a cooling rack.
These need to be eaten as soon as possible or frozen when totally cold.