Bolillos (Mexican Rolls)

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Total Time:
2.5 hours
Serves: 8
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Category: Vegan Recipe
Course: Bread Recipe
Technique: Bake Recipe
Difficulty: Medium

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  • 2.25 tsp - or 1 package active dry yeast
  • 2 cups - warm water
  • 1 tsp - sugar
  • 4 - 4.5 cups - high-gluten bakers' flour (alternately use bread flour)
  • 1 tsp - salt
  • 1 tsp - vegetable shortening

How to Make Bolillos (Mexican Rolls)

  • Mix the sugar, water and yeast and set aside to froth and bubble, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the shortening broken into small pieces, salt and 3 cups of flour and mix by hand or in a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook at a low setting.
  • Add more flour, a little at a time, until the dough comes together and is smooth but not sticky. Continue to knead by hand or in a stand mixer on a low setting for 10 minutes. You should have a really soft, smooth, very supple and beautiful ball of dough at the end of it.
  • Spray some oil on the inside of a large bowl. Place the dough in the bowl, turning over once to coat the top with some oil.
  • Cover with a kitchen towel and place in a warm spot for about an hour or until it has doubled.
  • Remove the dough to a platform. Knead briefly, and then divide into 12 equal pieces.
  • Roll each piece between your palms to make an oval, about 4 - 4.5 inches long and taper the sides.
  • Place the rolls on a lightly greased baking sheet, at least 3 inches apart. Cover with a kitchen towel and let them rise in a warm spot for 30-45 minutes or until puffy and almost doubled.
  • Using a sharp knife or blade, score the rolls from one tapered end to the other, leaving about 1 cm on either side. Brush the tops with some oil for a pretty golden colour.
  • Place the rolls in a preheated 375-degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden. When you tap on the bottom of a roll, it should sound hollow.
  • Remove to a rack and let them cool a little before eating. These reheat really beautifully.
  • Recipe courtesy: Holy Cow Vegan