712. Guyanese Butterflaps

October 4, 2017mayurisjikoni
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Cute bread rolls

Theme: Surfing Through The Caribbeans

BM #81- Day 2

Today we are visiting Guyana. Its a sovereign state on the northern mainland of South America. Before you think I’ve got my facts wrong about the Caribbeans, Guyana though not an island in the Caribbean, it is a part of the Caribbean region mainly because of its strong cultural, historical and political ties with the Anglo Caribbean countries and the Caribbean community. The official language is English and the other widely spoken language is Creole. A state with a diverse population consisting of people from Africa, Europe, China and India along with the indigenous people. Colonised by the Dutch and English, people were brought to Guyana to work on the plantations and rice fields.

Guyanese cuisine is influenced by English,African, East Indian,Portuguese, Chinese, Arabian and Amerindian influence. Famous dishes are pepper pot, roti and curry, chowmein, metagee (a stew with dumplings). Breads like tennis rolls, cassava bread and butterflaps are popular.

Ever since I’d first seen these cute rolls on Gayathri’s blog, I’d wanted to bake them. However, I forgot about it till this Caribbean theme came up. Butterflaps are little puffy rolls that are filled with butter. They are sometimes known as the croissant of the Caribbean. This butterflaps are famous in Guyana. The dough is rolled, slathered with butter and folded twice to produce a triangle shaped roll looking like a flap. Thus the name flap. These butterflaps are served as dinner rolls, for breakfast or even on its own with tea. The main filling is butter but variations can be found on the internet. Herbs, garlic, cheese are a few.  We enjoyed the butterflaps with some soup and then next day I served the remaining with fried egg.




Makes 8
Recipe source: Gayathri’s Cook Spot

2 cups plain flour(all purpose flour)
1½ tsp instant dry active yeast
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp milk powder
2 tbsp oil
 ½ tsp salt
 ½ cup +2 tbsp warm milk 

½ cup butter(salted), softened
1 tbsp garlic paste
1 tsp mixed herbs

Little milk to brush on top
Extra flour for dusting
extra oil or butter for greasing

  1. Mix flour, salt, sugar, milk powder and yeast in bowl.
  2. Add oil and rub it into the flour.
  3. Add warm milk to the flour and form a dough.
  4. Dust the worktop with some flour.
  5. Remove the dough from the bowl and knead it for 5-10 minutes till it becomes smooth.
  6. Shape the dough into a ball and rub oil over it.
  7. Add oil to the bowl and rub it all over the inner side.
  8. Place the dough in the bowl. Cover it with a tea towel or a cling film.
  9. Let the dough rise till its double in size. This may take about 1½ hours depending on how warm the kitchen is.
  10. In the meantime mix the soft(not melted) butter, herbs and garlic paste together. Keep on the side till required.
  11. Grease a baking tray with oil or line it with parchment paper.
  12. Remove the risen dough from the bowl and gently knead it.
  13. Divide the dough into 8 parts.
  14. Using a bit of flour roll one part of the dough into a circle of nearly 5-6″ diameter.
  15. Spread the little garlic butter over the circle.
  16. Fold it into half. Spread little butter over the semi circle.
  17. Fold it into a quarter.
  18. Place the bread on the baking tray.
  19. Repeat steps 14-18 with the remaining dough.
  20. Cover the bread and let it rise again for 45-50 minutes or till its nearly double in size.
  21. Brush milk on top of the risen butterflaps.
  22. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  23. Bake the butterflaps for 20-25 minutes or until they become golden brown in colour.
  24. Remove from the oven and let them cool on a wire rack.
  • Roughly divide the garlic butter into 8 parts so you know how much will go into each roll.
  • To divide the dough flatten it a bit and cut it into 8 parts. Don’t tear the dough with your hands.
  • I warmed up the rolls the next day in the oven.It tastes really delicious.
You may want to check out my other rolls:
Rozky(Slovak Bread Rolls)


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  • Priya Suresh

    October 4, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Few months back, my Guyanese friend carried all the way from Guyan specially for us this butterflaps. I still remember how buttery these butterflaps were, Lovely choice Mayuri.

  • Shobha

    October 4, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    These look delicious and easy to make .. I will make them too

  • Srivalli

    October 5, 2017 at 5:11 am

    I have been wanting to make these butterflaps too for a long time now..yours has surely turned out so good!

  • Rafeeda AR

    October 5, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Such cute shapes those buns have! And with all that butter, this is definitely a treat…

  • Archana Potdar

    October 5, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Awww so beautiful.I think I am going to make them when Apeksha comes down. She will love them.

  • veena krishnakumar

    October 6, 2017 at 6:28 am

    I have been planning to bake these butter flaps since some time. These are perfectly baled

  • Ruxana Gafoor

    October 6, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Cute looking ones.

  • vaishali sabnani

    October 7, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Now that you mentioned, yes I remember seeing them on Gayathri s blog . The butter flaps look awesome , will give them a try .

  • Ritu Tangri

    October 8, 2017 at 6:38 am

    No doubt these are very cute. will certainly make these.

  • Sharmila- The Happie Friends Potpourri corner

    October 8, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Love butterflaps and your version sounds very yummy and interesting!!

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    October 9, 2017 at 2:32 am

    I have a weakness of bread and this is just too tempting. I have to make this sometime soon 🙂

  • I Camp in my Kitchen

    October 10, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Looks scrumptious! Garlicy, buttery soft rolls must be taste delicious with a nice bowl of soup right! Yummy!

  • sushma

    October 11, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Wow they looks soo beautiful.

  • Chef Mireille

    October 15, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    I always see these in Caribbean bakeries but is one Caribbean food I have yet to try – You are tempting me so much with these!

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