While I like experimenting with different recipes, this is the one recipe I always come back to when I have very little time to spare, which is, quite often. :)
Today I was craving for something cheesy so I decided to make a ham and cheese roll. The plan was to use make the bread with Cheddar but the LAM suggested that I add some Parmesan to improve the flavour of the bread. So while I was at it, I decided to add some Mozzarella. I mean, why not, right!
And I made that in 40 minutes!
Let me show you how!
To start, I placed lukewarm water, oil, sugar and yeast in a mixing bowl.
I kneaded the dough with my hand.
Step 1: I pushed the dough outwards away from me.
Step 2: I folded about 1/3 of the dough towards me.
Step 3: I folded again.
Step 4: I turned the dough 90° anti-clockwise.
I repeated this 2 more times.
Using a rolling pin, I rolled the dough into a rectangle, then placed the ham on the dough. I sprinkled Mozzarella on the ham and rolled the end nearest to me away from me, tucking the dough in tightly as I rolled.
I egg washed the bread.
It was cooled in the pan for about 5 minutes then transferred onto a wire to cool completely.
And the best part is, it remains soft for up to 4 days, stored in an air-tight container!
40 Minute Ham Rolls with Three Cheese (Makes 16)
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (280ml) warm water
1/3 cup (83ml) oil - I used canola oil
2 tablespoons (about 16g) active dry yeast (or instant yeast)
1/4 cup (56.25g) sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons (9g) salt
3 cup (about 476 g) bread flour
18 slices ham
1/2 cup (64g) shredded Mozzarella
1/4 cup (32g) shredded Parmesan
1/4 cup (32g) shredded Cheddar
1 egg + 3 tablespoons (75ml) milk, beaten
1. Heat oven to 220°C.
2. In your mixer bowl combine the water, oil, yeast and sugar and allow it to rest for 15 minutes. Using your dough hook, mix in the salt, egg and flour.
3. Knead with hook until well incorporated and dough is soft and smooth. (Just a few minutes.) The dough will be a little sticky. I oiled my hands, kneaded it one to two times, and it became really easy to shape. If your dough is too wet, add a little more flour and knead a few times.
4. Form dough into 2 balls. Roll one ball out into a rectangle, about 1cm thick. Lay ham on the dough, the sprinkle Mozzarella cheese evenly over the ham. Roll the dough tightly into a log.
5. Cut each log into 6 pieces and place in a greased 8 x 8-inch pan. Allow to rest for 10 minutes. Glaze with egg wash. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese and Cheddar.
6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
To keep rolls soft, wrap with cling film and keep in an air-tight container (I keep the rolls in cling film in my oven.)
If you keep the rolls in the fridge, warm in the microwave oven for about 20 - 30 seconds to soften.
1. Dough is too wet or sticky? Add a little oil and hand knead a couple of times. The dough should become easy to work with. Still too wet? Add a little less water.
2. You can use any oil. Maybe not peanut oil. Unless you want a peanut-y bread. Olive oil, Canola oil, Sunflower oil, Grape seed oil... all can be used.
3. Personally, I have not had any problems with the bread being too yeasty. If you find it so, change the yeast and try different ones till you find one that you like.
4. Conversion of flour from cups to grams: This is a conversion I got online. You may still need to adjust.
5. Oven temperature: Every oven is different. You need to understand your oven, so if you have one that tends to be hot, lower the baking temperature, and vice versa.
6. I do not recommend that you reduce the yeast quantities because this is a quick bread. You need the yeast to make it work. Similarly, you need the sugar to feed the yeast so it works.
7. You can put any filling you like in this bread. It is very versatile.
8. You can also glaze with milk (full-fat, low-fat, skim, etc), sprinkle any toppings you like.
9. I don't recommend that you rest the dough for more than 10 minutes. From feedback I received, the bread may be less soft.
10. You can use 1/2 bread flour, and 1/2 wholemeal flour, or 100% plain flour. The results are the same. You can't use top flour. There isn't enough protein to form gluten.
13. The yeast MUST foam. NO FOAM = DEAD YEAST. Throw it out.
12. Every environment differs. You may live somewhere humid, or dry, or hot, or cold. If in doubt, check what other bakers recommend that you do for the weather conditions you live in, and experiment! You may need to tweak timings/ baking temperature, etc. Don't give up!