Bolillo Mexican Bread Recipe

A lot of people claim that the smell of coffee brewing is the best aroma there is; it wakes you up, it puts you in a good mood, and it teases the taste of something great.  Heck, it even had a very popular jingle dedicated to it.  But I’d like to challenge that idea.  I think the smell of baking bread can give the aroma of coffee a run for its money.  Nothing is better than coming home on a chilly day and being greeted with the scent of warm bread baking in the oven.

 So if you want to surprise a loved one with a treat at dinnertime, greet them with a Bolillo bread.  Not only will they enjoy the taste, but it’s a gift that keeps on giving because the appetizing scent will linger in your house for a spell after you take the bread out of the oven.  Oh, and it’s also simple to make.

 The Ingredients:

 2 ¼ Teaspoons Active Dry Yeast

 1 1/3 Cups Warm Water

 1 Tablespoon Honey

 1 Tablespoon Lard

 1 ½ Teaspoons Salt

 3 ¼ Cups Flour

(This will make about 10 rolls.  If you’d like to make more or less, prorate the ingredients to your pleasure.)

Basting Ingredients:

¼ Cup Water

1 Teaspoon Cornstarch

The steps to get you to having a warm, aromatic home and tasty food on your table:

  • Mix yeast and warm water in a large bowl; let it stand for about 5 minutes
  • After 5 minutes, stir in the honey, lard, and salt
  • Add flour
  • Beat the the flour after each addition until the dough is elastic and soft
  • Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until the dough is smooth

(Kneading dough…it’s quite therapeutic)bo1

  • Oil a bowl and then place kneaded dough in the bowl; make sure to cover both sides of the dough in a light sheen of oil
  • Cover the dough with a damp cloth, place the dough in a warm place, and then let the dough rise for about 1 hour
  • After letting the dough rise, knead it once more on a lightly floured surface
  • Divide the dough into 10 individual pieces and roll them into ovals
  • Place rolls on a greased baking sheet, cover them, and let the dough rise for about 25 minutes

(My rolls after rising…aren’t they cute?)bo2

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  • Make a mixture of cornstarch and water. Boil it until it is clear, stirring continuously
  • Brush the cornstarch mixture over the rolls, lightly covering the surface of each
  • Cut a line down the center of the rolls about ½ inch deep
  • Bake the rolls for about 30-35 minutes

(Finished Product)bo3

            Then they’re ready to serve and everyone is happy!  Especially your taste-buds, your nose, and your loved ones.

Recipe shared with us by LaVosha

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