Mexican Bolillos, Crusty Oval Rolls
photo by Jacqueline O.
- Ready In:
- 2hrs 30mins
- Sprinkle yeast over the warm water in a large mixing bowl; stir and let stand 5 minutes.
- When the yeast is working a bit stir the honey, lard and salt into the yeast mixture.
- Add 2 1/2 cups flour.
- Mix at low speed and then beat at medium speed until the dough is very elastic, about 5 minutes.
- Gradually stir in as much of the remaining flour as needed to make a soft dough.
- Knead on floured surface until dough is smooth in texture and very elastic, 15-20 minutes (use a dough hook on your mixer and knead for about 10-15 minutes).
- Place dough in a greased bowl, turn the dough so all surfaces have a sheen of oil.
- Cover and let rise in a warm place until it has doubled in size, about 1 hour (I turn on the light in the oven and place the dough in there to rise, do NOT heat the oven!).
- Punch the dough down and knead briefly on a floured surface.
- Divide dough into 10 pieces and roll into balls.
- Work with the palms of your hands and start at the center of each ball to roll out into ovals.
- Each piece should be about 5 1/2" long and 2" in the middle, tapering to each end.
- Place rolls on a greased baking sheet, cover and let rise until almost doubled, about 25 minutes.
- Meanwhile heat oven to 375F degrees.
- Mix cornstarch and cold water, heat stirring constantly to boiling, boil until thickened and clear about 2 minutes.
- Brush each roll with the cornstarch mixture.
- Slash each roll down the middle stopping about 1/2" from each end and cutting about 1/2" deep.
- Bake until the rolls are brown and sound hollow when tapped, about 30-35 minutes. Remove from baking sheets and cool on racks.
- Serve warm & fresh from the oven.
Yum! Thanks so much for the recipe Bergy! I've been feeling all mexico-y lately, eating fresh corn tortillas and pineapple, and all that was missing was the bolillos... these have the perfect flavour and texture, just like the real thing :) I was a bit worried about the dough, as it took forever to rise, but all was well in the end. Also, I could only get 8 small rolls out of it - I will definately double the recipe next time. The dough was a pleasure to work with, and the rolls were a pleasure to eat. Thankyou!!!
Another fine Bergy recipe made with tremendous success and rave reviews. I used a KitchenAid stand up mixer to prep the dough and my husband declared my version of bolillos is better than the ones I usually purchase down the road at the Mexican bakery. Served with my posted molletes recipe and you can be sure I will make another batch soon! Thank you!
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