These deli style rolls are the perfect sandwich roll – they have a substantial crust yet are light and airy on the inside. Just like you would find at a deli!
It is no secret that I love baking bread. I usually try out a different loaf every weekend that we are in town. But for some reason, I never make rolls. I’m not sure why – they aren’t harder to make than normal bread. I just never think about it. But some sandwiches just call out for a roll. Like pulled pork – definitely need a roll for that! Or an egg sandwich – it just isn’t the same on toast. So I decided that we needed some deli style rolls in our life!
So making rolls really isn’t any harder than making a loaf of bread. All the beginning steps are the same. Mix your ingredients together. Knead the dough. Let it rise until doubled in size. But then instead of shaping it into a loaf, you shape it into rolls. It is a little more time consuming, but I think it is kind of fun to shape the dough. It is like playing with play-dough! Except you get to eat it in the end.
To shape the dough, cut it into even pieces, depending on how large you want your rolls. Remember, the dough will expand and rise, so cut the pieces accordingly. Then take a piece of dough, and lightly pull the edges under, turning the dough ball in your palm after each pull, until you have a smooth and taut top and the bottom is sealed. It takes a little practice, but you will get the hang of it quickly and then it becomes fun!
You can top these rolls with sesame seeds or poppy seeds, or leave them plain. I did half and half so that we could have a little of both.
These rolls are slightly crusty on the outside, and soft and chewy on the inside. They are substantial enough for a sandwich, but still light and fluffy in texture. They are the perfect vehicle for an egg sandwich!!
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