Fennel and Poppy Seed Rolls#BreadBakers

May 8, 2018mayurisjikoni

Its disheartening at times that some bakeries sell seeded breads that are expensive only to find the seeds only on top and none inside the loaf. Seriously, its like me getting a plain bread and sprinkling some seeds on top. Here in Mombasa, there is only one ‘the bread place’ and its a bit pricey. Occasional indulgence in the variety they offer is allowed. Sometime back we tried out their seeded bread and it was absolutely delicious,with seeds inside and outside the loaf.  I like that slight bite you get from the seeds with each morsel of bread.

When I suggested the theme bread with seeds, I had so many recipes in mind that I wanted to bake. However, the one that stole my heart was the fennel and poppy seed one. Both are my favorite seeds. Seriously can one really have a favorite seed? I like them all sesame, nigella, cumin, mustard, fennel, fenugreek, pumpkin, flax, sunflower, chia. I’ve yet to taste hemp. The choice of seeds are endless.

These tiny tiny seeds are packed with so many health benefits.  They are called the nutritional powerhouses. Each variety has its own health benefits but all are full of minerals, some are rich in protein like hemp, chia and pumpkin seeds. Chia and flax seeds are rich sources of Omega -3 which reduces inflammation.There are numerous ways to include this little powerhouses in your daily diet, sprinkle on your porridge, salads, in your gravies and curries, in baked goodies with them inside the dough or batter.

I made brioche like rolls. Slightly sweet and soft. The sweet smell of fennel baking all over the house was heavenly. In India we tend to use two types of fennels, light brownish green ones that look a bit like cumin seeds and green ones. I prefer the green ones as I feel they are more aromatic and flavorful. We enjoyed the warm rolls with some butter and tea. Next day the toasted rolls went well with the soup.







Makes 8-10 depends on the size you want

3½ cup plain flour, bread flour, all purpose flour

2¼ tsp dry active yeast

3 tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp fennel seeds, lightly toasted on a pan

1 tbsp poppy seeds

3 tbsp butter, room temperature

1 cup warm milk

1 egg, whipped


1 egg

fennel seeds

poppy seeds

extra flour for dusting

extra butter for brushing

  1. Take ¼ cup of warm milk form the measured amount.
  2. Add 1 tsp sugar to it from the measured amount. Stir and sprinkle the yeast over it.
  3. Mix and cover. Let the yeast ferment for 10 minutes till its all frothy.
  4. In a mixing bowl, add flour, salt, remaining sugar, seeds and mix well.
  5. Add 2 tbsp of butter and rub it into the flour.
  6. Mix remaining milk and egg together.
  7. Add the egg milk mixture to the flour and bring the flour together into a dough.
  8. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and let the dough rest for 5-10 minutes.
  9. Dust the worktop with some flour and knead the dough till its smooth and silky.
  10. In between keep on adding small portions of the remaining butter so that the dough  doesn’t stick to your hands. Don’t be tempted to add too much flour.
  11. Shape the dough into a round ball. Rub some butter over it.
  12. Grease the bowl with some butter. Place the dough in the bowl. Cover and let it rise in a warm place till its double the size. Mine took about 1¼ hours.
  13. Dust the worktop lightly with flour.
  14. Remove the dough from the bowl and deflate it gently.
  15. Divide it into 8 parts using a sharp knife.
  16. Roll one part into a rope about 12″-14″ long.
  17. Fold into half and then twist it like a rope.
  18. Pinch the ends and tuck it under or leave as it is.
  19. Repeat steps 16-18 with the remaining dough.
  20. Place the rolls on a greased or lined baking tray.
  21. Let the rolls rise till double in size for about 45-50 minutes.
  22. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  23. Whip the egg for topping lightly with 2 tbsp water.
  24. Brush the top of the rolls with the egg wash.
  25. Sprinkle fennel and poppy seeds on top.
  26. Bake for 25-30 minutes or till the top is golden brown.
  27. Remove the tray from the oven.
  28. Remove the buns from the tray and put them on a wire rack to cool.
  29. Enjoy warm rolls with some butter and hot tea or coffee. Toast the cold rolls and enjoy with some soup or tea or coffee.


  • Shape the rolls as you want.
  • Can add seeds of your choice.
  • While kneading the dough you may feel its a bit sticky. However don’t get tempted to add more flour if you want soft rolls.
  • I was happy to get the golden colour crust due to the egg wash. You don’t get the same result with milk wash. I swear, there was no eggy taste.

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  • sneha datar

    May 8, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Your rolls look fab! Wish I could have one! Thanks for hosting this month event.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 9, 2018 at 9:59 pm

      Thanks Sneha.. my pleasure.

    2. mayurisjikoni

      May 15, 2018 at 8:55 pm

      Thanks Sneha and you’re welcome.

  • Karen

    May 8, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    I love the seeds in and on your beautiful shiny loaves! Thanks for hosting with this great theme.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 9, 2018 at 9:54 pm

      Thank you Karen and it was my pleasure.

  • Renu

    May 8, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    Oh my my…look at the colour of the bread. I love such breads. The crust has come off wonderful. I would like to dig in right now.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 9, 2018 at 9:51 pm

      I too was surprised how it turned out.. it must be the liberal application of the egg wash.

  • eileenbakingsense

    May 9, 2018 at 1:30 am

    I love fennel seeds and the rolls filled with poppy seeds looks amazing. Very nice, and thanks for the great theme suggestion.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 9, 2018 at 9:50 pm

      Thanks Eileen. I added fennel seeds in the dough too but can’t see them.

  • Pavani

    May 9, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    Oh my, your bread looks just PERFECT Mayuri. So beautifully brown and lovely crumb. Adding fennel and poppy seeds sounds absolutely delicious.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 9, 2018 at 9:39 pm

      Thank you Pavani, I love the aroma and taste of fennel seeds. The crumb is due to the addition of egg and butter.

  • wendyklik

    May 10, 2018 at 3:05 am

    Thanks for hosting Mayuri. Your rolls look absolutely mouth watering.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 15, 2018 at 8:59 pm

      Thank you Wendy.

  • Rafeeda – The Big Sweet Tooth

    May 10, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Such a beautifully studded loaf of bread… those spots make it look so irresistible…

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 11, 2018 at 12:23 am

      Thanks Rafeeda.

  • Priya Suresh

    May 10, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    Love the flavor of fennel seeds in anything, but dunno somehow i have tried adding them in my breads. Cant wait to try this interesting seeds combination in my breads. Those rolls looks damn prefect.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 11, 2018 at 12:16 am

      thanks Priya.. I love fennel in my bread.

  • Batter Up With Sujata

    May 11, 2018 at 5:32 am

    Wow Mayuri I have no proper words to appreciate it. It looks far better than store bought. I can feel the aroma. Now its in my list to try. Loved the bright colour. Looks really gorgeous. Awesome share.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 15, 2018 at 8:52 pm

      Thanks Sujata. Do try them. The colour is due to the egg wash.

  • Shobha Keshwani

    May 11, 2018 at 9:01 am

    The rolls are looking gorgeous and inviting. very soft texture.I love them with soups.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 15, 2018 at 8:54 pm

      Thank you so much Shobha.

  • Priya Satheesh

    May 11, 2018 at 11:47 am

    These looks absolutely divine and gorgeous… how beautifully baked ! YUM !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 15, 2018 at 9:01 pm

      Thank you Priya.

  • themadscientistskitchen

    May 11, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Awesome bread. Love the crumb! Love the way you have shaped them. It is simple for a clumsy person like me too.
    As for the pricey bread it is painful to pay for the bread when you know you can make it.I know what you mean!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 15, 2018 at 9:02 pm

      Thanks Archana. I too am not so good at making neat shapes.

  • Soma Mukherjee

    May 12, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    Wow these rolls look so professionally baked loved the texture and the shine on them.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 13, 2018 at 6:58 pm

      Thanks Soma.

  • Jolly

    May 13, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    WoW this looks really amazing,love the color of the bread..look so irresistible

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 13, 2018 at 9:08 pm

      Thanks Jolly

  • Seema Doraiswamy Sriram

    May 14, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    I really have a love affair with braided breads… have no more words to describe this brilliant one

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 14, 2018 at 10:40 pm

      Thanks Seema.

  • Jagruti

    May 14, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    This bread looks so amazing Mayuri, feel like having it right now. I can imagine the wafting aroma of this bread while baking in the oven. Flavours are so inviting.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 14, 2018 at 10:40 pm

      Thank you so much Jagruti. Fennel baked goodies have a very pleasant aroma.

    2. mayurisjikoni

      May 15, 2018 at 8:44 pm

      Thanks Jagruti.

  • Maria

    May 14, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Truly heartwarming! These bread rolls would become star of the show on any table. I LOVE the gorgeous colour! 😍

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 14, 2018 at 10:38 pm

      Thank you so much Maria.

  • cookingwithsapana

    May 15, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Omg look at the shiny crust of the rolls. I love using poppy seeds and never thought of using fennel, but I guess it also adds a nice flavor too.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 15, 2018 at 8:42 pm

      Thanks Sapana. Its add a lot of flavor Sapna. I remember when we were young we use to uy breadsticks with fennel from a bakery.

  • Dhwani

    May 16, 2018 at 7:29 am

    Flavors are inviting dear. It looks shiny and perfect. Fab share.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 22, 2018 at 10:30 pm

      Thanks Dhwani


        May 28, 2018 at 12:51 am

        What ?

  • jayashreetrao

    May 16, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    Yours rolls are looking so good, it’s a torture seeing this visually.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 22, 2018 at 10:27 pm

      Thank you Jayashree.

  • jayashreetrao

    May 16, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Sorry, I meant virtually…Mayuri. Lovely share.

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    February 21, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Would definitely prepare this one and share it with others.

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