Recipe: Yummy, fluffy bread rolls

This easy recipe makes the softest, fluffiest bread rolls and requires only a handful of ingredients. Perfect for burgers, or hearty sandwiches

Looking to awaken your inner baker? Chef Luke Valentine shares a simple bread recipe for an easy start. Photo: Supplied/Food For Mzansi

Nothing tastes better than hot, fluffy bread just taken from the oven. Now you can learn to make your own bread rolls without spending hours on it.

Famous American chef James Beard had the right idea when he said, “Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods.” And we agree with him.

Cape Town chef Luke Valentine shares a recipe that is sure to reawaken the Covid-19 bread-making craze. Made properly, this loaf will ensure a lifelong love of bread. The bread rolls are perfect to enjoy on its own, to make a burger or with any filling you desire.

Valentine’s recipe is an easy and simple one. It is perfect to make when you want bread quickly. No overnight rising or sourdough experiments is needed. Once you get the simple process, it will become second nature and you will impress your guests with fresh bread for years to come.

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Bread rolls


  • 500 g flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 50 g butter
  • 1 egg
  • 150 ml milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 350 ml warm water
  • 1 packet of yeast


1.     Add flour and salt in a mixing bowl.

2.     In a separate bowl, mix your yeast, water and sugar to prove (ferment) for 5 minutes. 

3.  Separately, heat milk and add your butter to allow to melt. Once milk mixture cools down, beat the egg in, then pour your milk mixture into your yeast mixture. 

4.     Pour your liquid mixture into your flour and mix well. 

5.     Knead for 3 mins, take 2 min break, then knead for another 2 mins. 

6.     Cover dough in a bowl with plastic wrap and leave to prove until doubled in size for 30 mins.

7.     Remove dough from the bowl  and start  to create your shapes or style of choice. 

8.     Place your dough on a greased baking tray and allow to prove once again, cover with a cloth.

9.     Brush your rolls or bread with egg wash, add poppy or sesame seeds and seeds of your choice.

10.   Bake for approximately 10 -15 min at 190 degrees Celsius. 

11.   Lastly enjoy with any filling of your choice. 

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