Prep 2 hrs
Cook 25 mins
A roll with a slightly soft crust and wonderful creamy crumb. It generally keeps for 2 or 3 days. It can be reheated and it also toasts very well. Eat it for breakfast or as part of your supper. This is a recipe created by Nuala Cullen from her book Irish Soups and Breads. It takes a long time to make, but it is most certainly worth it.
- 6 cups plain white flour
- 3 large eggs (or egg substitute equivalent)
- 4 tablespoons cream
- 1 1⁄4 cups warm milk or 1 1⁄4 cups water
- 1 tablespoon instant dried yeast (or one packet)
- 2 teaspoons salt
- Mix the flour, yeast, and salt together in a large bowl, or follow directions on the yeast packet, using milk/water from the measured amount.
- Mix the eggs together with the cream and the remaining milk/water and pour into the center of the flour.
- Mix with a wooden spoon or your hands, drawing in the flour from the sides until the dough holds together. If the dough is too dry, add a little water (just a few drops at a time).
- Knead for 2 or 3 minutes (or 1 with a dough hook) until the dough becomes smooth and does not stick to your hands.
- Place the dough into an oiled bowl, cover, and leave to rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk (about an hour).
- Knock the air out of the dough, knead for a few moments, and shape into a long roll. Cut the roll into 16 equal pieces.
- Roughly flatten each piece into a circle and then roll up into a cylinder. Place each roll on a floured baking tray. Brush the tops lightly with beaten egg or cream and set aside for a further 20 minutes.
- Bake at 230 degrees celsius/450 degrees fahrenheit/Gas 8, lowering the heat after 10 minutes. Cook for a further 10-15 minutes, until nicely browned.
- Cool on a wire rack.