#Lockdown recipe: deliciously fresh and easy Portuguese rolls

If you haven’t tried your hand at baking yet during this national #lockdown, now’s the time! We found this easy recipe to bake fresh Portuguese rolls in the comfort of your own home – pair them with a scrumptious Portuguese-style chicken (recipe here) and salad for a Mozambican-inspired feast!

Watch this space and we continue to share some of our favourite Mozambican-inspired recipes over the next few weeks. Let us know if you try them (better yet – share a pic on Instagram and tag us in it!)

Easy Portuguese-style rolls

Preparation time: 2 hours and 15 minutes | Baking time: roughly 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 180 ml warm water
  • 140 ml milk
  • 20 g butter
  • 7 g dried yeast
  • 7 g sugar
  • 500 g bread flour
  • 7 g salt

METHOD:

  • Add milk, water, sugar and yeast to a mixing bowl and leave to stand for 5 minutes so that the yeast can start to activate.
  • Add flour, butter and salt, then mix in a stand mixer for roughly 5 to 10 minutes – until you have a soft dough. This dough will be softer than normal bread dough, thanks to the addition of milk and butter.
  • Place dough into a well-oiled bowl and cover with cling film or a clean dish cloth. Leave it to stand in a warm spot for about an hour.
  • After an hour, split the dough into 12 equal pieces and roll them into balls. Pinch each side for a traditional, Portuguese-style look and placeonto a lined baking sheet.
  • Slash each piece of dough with a sharp knife and cover with a clean dish cloth for another hour. In the meantime, pre-heat your oven to 190 degrees Celsius.
  • Once your rolls have doubled in size, sprinkle them with flour and bake in the centre of the oven for 15 to 20 minutes until brown.
  • Transfer to a cooling rack.

TIP: These rolls are best served fresh and warm. (Otherwise leave to cool completely for storage)

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