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5 from 1 vote

Simple Braided Bread Rolls

This recipe makes 4 plaited rolls, just double it up to make more.
Prep Time2 hrs 20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time2 hrs 40 mins
Course: baking
Servings: 4
Author: Karon


  • 1 teaspoon fast acting yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 120 ml/4 fl oz milk/water combo lukewarm
  • 225 g/8oz strong white flour bread flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 25 g/1 oz chilled butter cubed
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds


  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas4
  • Place the yeast, half of the sugar and 2 tablespoons of the lukewarm milk/water combo in a small glass and cover. Let it sit for about 20 minutes so the yeast goes all frothy.
  • Sieve the flour, remaining sugar and salt into a large bowl and rub in the chilled butter to form a crumb mixture.
  • Make a well in the centre and pour in the yeast, half of the beaten egg and a little of the liquid.
  • Start stirring the mix together to form a dough and add more and more of the liquid as you go.
  • Turn dough out on to a floured work surface and knead for about ten minutes.
  • Use the olive oil to wipe round the inside of your bowl and also to coat the dough. Pop it into the bowl and cover with a damp tea towel.
  • Set aside in a warm place for 1 1/12 hours until it has doubled in size.
  • Tip out the dough and punch out the air (very satisfying!).
  • Pull into three pieces and roll out into long strips.
  • Cut your strips into four short lengths and braid into four plaited rolls.
  • Leave these on a baking sheet for another 20 minutes to rise some more.
  • Add a teaspoon of water to your remaining beaten egg and use this to glaze the rolls.
  • Scatter with the sesame seeds.
  • Bake for 15 - 20 minutes or until golden in colour. When you tap them underneith there should be a hollow sound.
  • Allow to cool on a wire rack.