The title basically says it all: I am really crazy about home baking at the moment. I started to get tired of English bread and rolls that are produced in a huge factory, frozen and then sold in the supermarket as ‘baked instore’. If you have never tried to bake your own bread or buns, you should really try it – it’s much less laborious and time-consuming as you might think (there’s no need to be standing next to the dough while it rises, so you can use the time for something else) and freshly bakes buns are sooooo delicious – give it a try!
- 400g plain wheat flour
- 200-250ml of lukewarm water
- 1 sachet of dried yeast (= 7g)
- 3 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 2 pinches of garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- 1 tablespoon of herbes (e.g. rosemary, thyme, basil…)
Sieve the flour in a large bowl and mix it with the salt, one pinch of garlic salt and the sugar. Make a small well in the flour and pour in the dried yeast and about 50ml of water. Leave it to rest for about 10 minutes, then add the rest of the water, one tablespoon of olive oil and knead all to a smooth and elastic dough. Knead the dough for about 5-7 minutes, then rub the surface gently with wet hands, place a tea towel over the bowl to prevent the dough from drying out, and leave to rise for about 20 minutes in a warm place.
Knead the dough again for a short time, then form 6 large or 8 small buns from the dough and place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Rub again with some water and leave to rise for another 30 minutes.
In the meanwhile, mix the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil with one pinch of garlic salt and the herbes and start to heat the oven. Before you put the buns in the oven, brush them with the oil-herbes mixture. Bake them at 180° C for 13-15 minutes. The pizza buns are best eaten still warm with a fresh salad.