Soft Half White Bread Rolls with Poppy Seeds

quick 1 hour bread roll recipe


  • 2½ cups strong white bread flour
  • 4 cups strong brown bread flour
  • 5 tsp fast action dried yeast (14g)
  • 1½ tsp – 3 tsp sea salt (if you use unsalted butter on your bread put 3 tsp but if you use salted butter put only 1½ tsp salt)
  • ⅔ cup milk (about 180 ml) in room temperature
  • 1 – 1½ cup lukewarm water
  • 100 ml olive oil (about 7 tbs)
  • poppy seeds to sprinkle
  • 1 eggs (lightly beaten with 1 tbs water)


  • two baking trays
  • pastry brush
  • 7 cm (2.5 inches) wide cookie cutter

how to make bread rolls in 1 hour


  1. In a large mixing bowl mix flour, yeast and salt, add milk, 1 cup of water and olive oil.
  2. Knead dough with your hands for about 10 minutes adding some more water if dough is too hard.
  3. Flatten the dough to about 1.5 – 2 cm high and cut out circles with the cookie cutter.
  4. Arrange them on baking trays far away enough so when they double the size they won’t be touching each other.
  5. Cover with tea towel and leave in a warm, quiet place to grow for 1 hour.
  6. Beat egg with 1 tbs of water and spread with the pastry brush over the bread.
  7. Sprinkle with poppy seeds.
  8. Preheat oven to 180°C (356°F) and bake bread for about 30 minutes.

Makes 22 small bread rolls.

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Your thoughts…

  1. They look very good. Can we refrigerate the dough for later use?

  2. Just to comment on Ninja’s question – I usually freeze underbaked rolls rather than the dough.When I want some fresh rolls, I just pop them in the oven to finish the baking and it tastes as good as freshly baked rolls.

  3. Margot, I used poppy seeds on my fried puffs the other day too. They are lovely now that I have my senses back after the flu!

  4. hmmm, freshly baked bread and butter- a meal in itself. these look like great bread. will try making them soon.

  5. Hello Everyone,
    Thank you for your comments.
    Cooking Ninja – I have never tried to refrigerate dough for bread. But as Nora said, you can freeze under baked bread and then put in the oven for a while whenever you need fresh bread.

  6. annoynamous says:

    hi instead of doing wholemeal flour can you just replace it with strong whie bread flour, so it is all strong white bread flour??

  7. I have never tried it with all white flour, but if you do please let us know the result.

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