Recently, I’ve been slightly obsessed with my new stand mixer and used every excuse possible to sneak into the kitchen and bake something. In the past, I have mainly focused on sweet bakes such as cupcakes or tray bakes, but today I wanted to try something new. I had been playing with the idea of baking bread or bread rolls for a while, but could never be bothered with all the kneading. Now that I have a new mixer, I don’t have to worry about tedious kneading anymore, so this afternoon, I bit the bullet and decided to make some bread rolls with a bit of a twist – a basil and red pepper pesto filling, making them savoury pesto bread rolls.
The rolls turned out really lovely despite me not following a recipe, so I can definitely see me making them again. Amy and I shared one of each and the pesto is a really lovely addition to the bread roll that makes it a little more interesting in terms of flavour. I think they’d be great for a BBQ
If you want to try my basil and red pepper pesto bread rolls, here’s the recipe for you:
125 ml warm milk
125g butter, melted
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
600g bread flour
2.5 tsp dry yeast
2.5 tbsp basil pesto
2.5 tbsp red pepper pesto
optional: some grated parmesan
If you fancy something different, check out Helen’s homemade kale pesto!
1. Add water, milk, egg, melted butter, sugar, and salt to a mixing bowl and cover it with your flour and sprinkle with yeast. I used my stand mixer on speed 3 for about 6 minutes, but if you are kneading by hand, do so until you have a smooth and elastic dough. Place in a greased bowl and let the dough rise for about an hour.
2. Dust your work surface with flour and roll the dough into a rectangular shape. Slice in two parts and cover one with basil pesto and the other one with red pepper pesto. Sprinkle with some grated parmesan (this is optional).
3. Roll the dough into a sausage shape, trim the edges and cut into 12 equally thick slices.
4. Place the slices in a greased muffin tray and bake for 20 minutes.
5. Remove from the tin once baked and enjoy your pesto bread rolls while they are still warm.