Pamper your dinner guests with delicious bread rolls with herbs. You can customise the taste to suit your dishes.
A SPICED UP BREAD ROLL
Many cafes and restaurants overlook how important the bread roll can be for the overall experience. You can always choose between different beverages or dishes, but the bread roll is usually a standard bread served for soups and salads, etc.
This is also the case when you invite guests to dinner in your home, so why not score some easy points by putting a little love into the bread roll?
PRE-BAKED BREAD IS AN EASY SOLUTION
You can easily make a little extra out of a bread roll at home. If you have enough time, you may want to bake the bread yourself from scratch, but if the skills or time are scarce, you can quickly whip up some ready-made breads.
Here are some other little tips you can use to make your regular bread roll a little more exciting:
1. If you have some stale white bread, wet the surface by running the bread under the tap – just quickly so the surface becomes moist. Afterwards, put the bread in the oven for approx. 5 min. at about 200 degrees – turn it over halfway through. Now you have some “ready-made” bread with a delicious crust, which came freshly baked straight from the baker’s oven!
2. Cut the bread into slices (both white bread and rye bread can be used) and toast it in the toaster. Place the toasted slices on the table directly from the toaster so it is still a little warm and the butter (possibly herb butter) melts into the bread – delicious.
HOMEMADE BREAD ROLL
Here are recipes for 2 exciting breads, which include fresh herbs in the recipes. Naan bread comes from Indian cuisine, and of course coriander is used. The second bread is an Italian focaccia bread with rosemary or basil. Both types of bread are reasonably easy to make, so just throw yourself in and look forward to impressing your guests, family or friends with a nice freshly made bread roll.
Naan bread is a soft bread with toasted spots, which is perfect for slightly more exotic dishes. Because there is coriander in naan bread, you have to be aware that it is a taste that many people may not particularly like.
1½ dl of milk
1½ dl of natural yoghurt
5 g of yeast
1 tsp of salt
1 tbsp of water
approx. 400 g of wheat flour
1 tbsp of sugar
1 tsp of ground black pepper
40 g of butter
1-2 cloves of garlic (pressed)
1 handful of chopped coriander
Here’s how you do it:
1. Stir the yeast into the water and add: milk, natural yoghurt, salt, sugar, half of the butter (melted) and sift the flour in.
2. Stir the dough well for approx. 10 min. with a hand mixer.
3. Allow the dough to rise for at least 4 hours or preferably overnight.
4. Sprinkle a good layer of flour on the table and roll dough chunks the size of a fist, approx. 1 cm thick.
5. Sprinkle them with battered black pepper.
6. Allow the loaves to sit for 30 minutes.
7. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees (possibly with a baking stone).
8. Bake the bread for approx. 3 mins. Take them out and brush them with the remaining butter which is melted and mixed with garlic. Sprinkle the chopped coriander over the bread.
9. Bake for another 1 min.
You can also bake naan bread on the grill or on a plain hot skillet with low sides. In any case, baking with high heat is important, it’s how you get the same effect as in the traditional tandoor oven.
Focaccia bread comes from Italian cuisine and is a flatbread in the same family as pizza. It’s easy to make and tastes great when served warm almost straight from the oven.
1/2 tsp of yeast
4 cups of lukewarm water
500 g of wheat flour – preferably Italian wheat flour
2 tsp of salt 1 dl of olive oil
A handful of fresh herbs – e.g. rosemary or basil
2 cloves of garlic
1 tsp of salt – preferably coarse salt flakes
Here’s how you do it:
1. Put the lukewarm water and yeast in a bowl and stir it into a saucepan.
2. Gradually add wheat flour. Stir well for a few minutes.
3. Put some olive oil and salt in the dough and stir for a further minute – the dough should be thin.
4. Grease a mold or refractory dish with plenty of olive oil and bring in the dough.
5. Allow the dough to rise for just less than 1 hour without being covered with a dish towel etc.
6. Set the oven to 225 degrees.
7. Spread three tablespoons of oil over the focaccia bread and add salt and herbs to the bread.
8. Gently press holes with fingers evenly distributed in dough.
9. Bake the bread for approx. 22 minutes. Take it out of the oven and drizzle some olive oil on the bread to get a delicious soft surface.
10. Allow the bread to cool slightly and cut into appropriate slices.
If you want even more flavour, you can spread herb butter on it, which you can also find inspiration for here in the blog.
FRESH HERBS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
The HERBSTER CUT3 herb holder gives your fresh herbs the best conditions to stay looking beautiful. The three-piece plant pot is available in high quality black or white glazed stoneware that fits in all kitchens.