Last week I had four children to feed. Each of my children had a friend to play after school and the house was filled with peels of girly laughter and muddy boys!
I had decided to make beanburgers for tea using my tried and tested recipe and we had bought some gluten-free rolls to have them in.
However, when I looked at the rolls, they looked rather large for small children and I knew there would be waste (I hate waste!!). So, as the kids were playing so beautifully, I picked up a cookbook and decided to try a recipe for soft white rolls. The cookbook was ‘The Gluten-free Cookbook – What to eat and what to cook on a gluten-free diet‘ by Heather Whinney, Jane Lawrie and Fiona Hunter.
I am seriously impressed by this book. My husband’s Aunt found it in Costco some time ago and I ‘borrowed’ it from her…so far not giving it back! I can really recommend it as all the recipes I have made in it have been successful, although I have to admit I haven’t followed any of the recipes properly!
This particular one just needed a few tweaks to make it dairy-free, gluten-free and refined sugar-free whilst using Doves Farm plain gluten-free flour. This is what I did:
- 450g gluten-free plain Doves Farm flour
- 2tsp fast-action dried yeast
- 2tsp xanthan gum
- ½tsp salt
- 250 - 300ml dairy-free milk
- 1tbsp runny honey
- 1 egg
- 2tbsp olive oil plus extra for greasing
- Place the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
- Place the 250ml milk, honey and oil in a heatproof bowl and microwave for 1 minute, alternatively heat in a pan until warm.
- Add the egg to the liquid mix and beat to combine.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix to form a dough. If it is too dry add a drop more warmed milk.
- Bring the dough together, kneading in the bowl until smooth
- Divide the mixture into the number of rolls you require. I made 9 quite small rolls by rolling the dough into 9 balls.
- Place on a floured baking tray, or two and lightly press down on them to make them flatter.
- Cover with oiled clingfilm or a clean damp tea towel and place in a warm environment for an hour, or until doubled in size.
- Brush the rolls with dairy-free milk and dust with flour before baking them in a pre-heated oven at 200 degrees for 15-20 minutes.