Monday, 9 September 2013

Hedgehog Rolls

Middle has been asking to make bread for a week now, so I made sure we got some bread flour in our grocery shop today.  The only problem with making bread with the boys is that bread takes some heavy kneading, and they're not all up to it - so we take it in turns to do the first large piece, and then after the first proving when we split the dough, they knead theirs and then I like to swap with them so I can have a go as well at each of their pieces of dough, to be sure that each piece has been thoroughly kneaded - which isn't really a problem as long as I don't mind a good arm work-out!

400g strong white bread flour
2tsp olive oil
1.5 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1.25 tsp dried yeast
250ml warm milk (or water for dairy-free)

1/ Mix flour and oil in large bowl.
2/ Add sugar, salt and yeast.  Mix well.
3/ Add half milk - mix.  Add other half, mix again.

4/ Turn out onto floured surface.
5/ Knead and stretch for 5-10 minutes, depending on strength of person doing the kneading.

6/ Cover and leave in warm place (we use airing cupboard) to prove for about an hour...

7/ Knead again for another 5 - 10 minutes (if sharing dough between young bakers, knead for 5 minutes then share out and let them knead some more)
8/ Divide dough into 8 equal pieces (or you can get 9 rolls out of it if you are sharing between three bakers)
9/ Shape into round balls of dough
10/ Pull one part of dough-ball out, to make hedgehog snout
11/ Use pointy end of spoon/ utensil to make small holes either side of snout, for eyes (can use raisins if liked)

12/ Using clean kitchen scissors, make v-shaped snips into dough, to make hedgehog's spikes

13/ Place onto lightly oiled tray, cover and leave again in warm place for second proving - for about half an hour...
14/ Preheat oven to 190C
15/ Bake rolls for 10mins, or until lightly golden-brown and you can knock on the base of the roll and it sounds hollow

Try not to eat until cool (this is the hard bit!)

You will notice there are only seven here... one of them was snaffled before I remembered to take a photo!

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