Bolillo Recipe for Unique Sweet Mexican Bread Rolls

Bolillo Recipe for Unique Sweet Mexican Bread Rolls

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)

  • 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
  • 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

            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


Linda is doing her PhD in Engineering, while trying different bread recipes from all over the world. Pat likes to help and try out new recipes everyday. Anny likes to copy everything Pat does. We are the perfect team!

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