Bread baking has been my dream and I really lost the count of the number of times I have tried my hands on getting good soft pillow bread.
These garlic and herb buns have been in my mind for long and when I got some time on hands, I gave a try. Trust me the easiest, softest and yummiest buns are here!!!! The aroma that fills your kitchen while they rise………….just beyond words, worth experiencing it !!!
Servings – 8 medium sized buns
Ingredients for the dough:
- 3 cups flour ( or you can even use bread flour)
- 1 tsp Active yeast
- 1 tbsp white sugar
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter softened
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tsp salt
Ingredients for the topping:
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter melted
- a bunch of finely chopped herbs ( thyme, parsley, basil, etc)
- 2–3 cloves garlic finely chopped or minced
- a pinch of salt
In a bowl, mix the yeast, sugar and warm water and let it stand for a few minutes.
In a large bowl, add in all the other ingredients for the dough and then mix in the yeast–sugar mixture and knead into a soft dough.
In an oiled bowl, cover the dough with a damp cloth and let the dough rise for about an hour or till doubled.
In the meantime, in a bowl combine the topping ingredients.
Divide the doubled dough into balls and roll as per to your choice of shape. Dip these in the melted butter–herb mixture and leave it to rise once again( which actually happens faster). Reserve some of the butter–herb mixture.
Pre–heat the oven and bake the buns at 170 C for about 30–35 minutes or till done.
Brush the remaining melted butter mixture onto the hot buns once out of the oven.
Enjoy these yummy soft buns with a cup hot tea or coffee and grab them for a quick bite on a busy morning !!!
Note – This can be even made to a loaf instead of buns.