Fennel and Poppy Seed Rolls#BreadBakers
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.
FENNEL AND POPPY SEED ROLLS
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
extra flour for dusting
extra butter for brushing
- Take ¼ cup of warm milk form the measured amount.
- Add 1 tsp sugar to it from the measured amount. Stir and sprinkle the yeast over it.
- Mix and cover. Let the yeast ferment for 10 minutes till its all frothy.
- In a mixing bowl, add flour, salt, remaining sugar, seeds and mix well.
- Add 2 tbsp of butter and rub it into the flour.
- Mix remaining milk and egg together.
- Add the egg milk mixture to the flour and bring the flour together into a dough.
- Cover the bowl with a tea towel and let the dough rest for 5-10 minutes.
- Dust the worktop with some flour and knead the dough till its smooth and silky.
- 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.
- Shape the dough into a round ball. Rub some butter over it.
- 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.
- Dust the worktop lightly with flour.
- Remove the dough from the bowl and deflate it gently.
- Divide it into 8 parts using a sharp knife.
- Roll one part into a rope about 12″-14″ long.
- Fold into half and then twist it like a rope.
- Pinch the ends and tuck it under or leave as it is.
- Repeat steps 16-18 with the remaining dough.
- Place the rolls on a greased or lined baking tray.
- Let the rolls rise till double in size for about 45-50 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Whip the egg for topping lightly with 2 tbsp water.
- Brush the top of the rolls with the egg wash.
- Sprinkle fennel and poppy seeds on top.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or till the top is golden brown.
- Remove the tray from the oven.
- Remove the buns from the tray and put them on a wire rack to cool.
- 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.
Check out what other Bread Bakers have made for the Bread with Seeds theme:
- Almond Poppyseed Bread from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Crunchy Seed Braid from All That’s Left Are The Crumbs
- Fennel and Poppy Seed Rolls from Mayuri’s Jikoni
- Onion & Poppy Seed Bialys from Baking Sense
- Savory Seeded Focaccia from Palatable Pastime
- Seeded Ficelle Bread from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Siddu from The Mad Scientist’s Kitchen
- Six-Seed Soda Bread from Food Lust People Love
- Sugarless Multiseed Rye Bread from CookwithRenu
- Tangzhong Method French Loaf With Seeds from Sneha’s Recipes
- Vegan Seeded Challah Bread from Cook’s Hideout
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May 8, 2018 at 4:18 pm
Your rolls look fab! Wish I could have one! Thanks for hosting this month event.
May 9, 2018 at 9:59 pm
Thanks Sneha.. my pleasure.
May 15, 2018 at 8:55 pm
Thanks Sneha and you’re welcome.
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.
May 9, 2018 at 9:54 pm
Thank you Karen and it was my pleasure.
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.
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.
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.
May 9, 2018 at 9:50 pm
Thanks Eileen. I added fennel seeds in the dough too but can’t see them.
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.
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.
May 10, 2018 at 3:05 am
Thanks for hosting Mayuri. Your rolls look absolutely mouth watering.
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…
May 11, 2018 at 12:23 am
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.
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.
May 15, 2018 at 8:52 pm
Thanks Sujata. Do try them. The colour is due to the egg wash.
May 11, 2018 at 9:01 am
The rolls are looking gorgeous and inviting. very soft texture.I love them with soups.
May 15, 2018 at 8:54 pm
Thank you so much Shobha.
May 11, 2018 at 11:47 am
These looks absolutely divine and gorgeous… how beautifully baked ! YUM !
May 15, 2018 at 9:01 pm
Thank you Priya.
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!
May 15, 2018 at 9:02 pm
Thanks Archana. I too am not so good at making neat shapes.
May 12, 2018 at 12:57 pm
Wow these rolls look so professionally baked loved the texture and the shine on them.
May 13, 2018 at 6:58 pm
May 13, 2018 at 8:56 pm
WoW this looks really amazing,love the color of the bread..look so irresistible
May 13, 2018 at 9:08 pm
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
May 14, 2018 at 10:40 pm
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.
May 14, 2018 at 10:40 pm
Thank you so much Jagruti. Fennel baked goodies have a very pleasant aroma.
May 15, 2018 at 8:44 pm
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! 😍
May 14, 2018 at 10:38 pm
Thank you so much Maria.
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.
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.
May 16, 2018 at 7:29 am
Flavors are inviting dear. It looks shiny and perfect. Fab share.
May 22, 2018 at 10:30 pm
May 28, 2018 at 12:51 am
May 16, 2018 at 5:16 pm
Yours rolls are looking so good, it’s a torture seeing this visually.
May 22, 2018 at 10:27 pm
Thank you Jayashree.
May 16, 2018 at 5:17 pm
Sorry, I meant virtually…Mayuri. Lovely share.
October 17, 2018 at 2:52 pm
Really nice and interesting post.
February 21, 2019 at 10:14 am
Would definitely prepare this one and share it with others.
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