Sunday morning, Mother’s Day, and I find myself without a store bought gift to give to a dear sweet friend. I had actuallly just prepared some brisket in the oven two days before to share with my her on Mother’s day. Then a light bulb went off in my head! Homemade Mexican bolillos! Nothing beats a homemade gift, in my opinion, unless someone is handing you a miliion dollars! Lol! Just kidding. And besides homemade tortillas, the next best thing is homemade bread!
I have been baking bread for a few years now and doing it all by hand. Yes, no Kitchen Aide! I didn’t mind it so much, for the most part. It’s a very rewarding experience to see this beautiful bread come together. But after a while, it puts alot of wear and tear on one’s wrist and back. Or at least it did mine. Why didn’t I already have a Kitchen Aide? I told myself I was waiting to have the perfect spot to plug it in! Seriously, if you could see the lack of counter space in my kitchen, you would understand why I waited so long. Then one day, while at Sam’s Club, I just happened upon a display of the most beautiful colors! Stand mixers, Kitchen Aide! My mind was made up in less then 10 seconds! Do I have the perfect spot to plug it in? No! But, in the end it all worked out and it has made my life alot easier! One of the main reasons for purchasing the mixer, was to prepare different bread and pizza dough. One recipe I prepare often is Mexican bolillos. But this time, I was going to let the mixer do all the hard work. Low and slow, the most beautiful ball of bread dough came together and these fluffy, soft bolillos came hot, out of my oven. This recipe is slightly different from the others I already have on my blog. I took a tip from Mely at Mexico in My Kitchen and added some fat, in the form of pork lard or manteca, to the mix. I am extremely happy with this recipe and will probably use this one from now on. You can use shortening or unsalted butter instead of the manteca, don’t be alarmed. Bake some bread! Thank your Kitchen Aide! I used way too many exclamation marks in this intro today!!! #mexicanfood #kitchenaide
Check out Mely’s recipe too! Tell her I sent you!
I tested and developed this stand mixer recipe so it would be as easy as possible to prepare a homemade bolillo recipe. You can follo the recipe as posted below. Another variation is to dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water and let sit for 10 minutes. While the yeast blooms, you would add your dry ingredients to the stand mixer(minus the lard). Gradually mix in the water and med/low speed and then mix in the lard. I have to be honest that I prefer using the paddle attachment to mix my dough as opposed to the hook attachment. Choose which works best for you.
Bollilos in My Kitchen Aide
Preparing homemade bolillos can be intimidating. But it's also easier than you think!
- 3 1/2 cups bread flour
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 cup pork lard shortening or unsalted butter
- 1 3/4 cup warm water 115-118 degrees F
- 1/4 cup milk for brushing onto bread
- To the bowl of your Kitchen aide, add the flour yeast sugar and salt. Whisk lightly to combine.
Melt the shortening for a few seconds. Add it to the flour mixture. Using the paddle attachment, at level 2, begin to mix slowly. You may need to scrape down the sides of the bowl from time to time.
Gradually add in the warm water. Turn up the speed to the next level and set your timer for 8-10 minutes. Be patient. Continue mixing at that speed until the dough is mostly smooth and incorporated.
At this point you will add some flour, just 1/2 tablespoon at a time, until the dough ball forms and comes away from the sides of the bowl. At this point the dough is ready. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured flat surface and work in just enough flour so it's not sticky.
- Transfer the dough to a greased bowl and cover with a kitchen towel. Placing it in a warm spot helps the dough rise in a timely manner. After 60-90 minutes the dough should have doubled in size.
Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and roll into a log shape. Using a pastry cutter ot straight edge knife, cut 6-8 equal pieces.
Spray two sheet pans with oil. Take each dough ball and shape into an oval, football like, shape. It should be at least 5 inches long. Place onto sheet pan and pull lightly on the end to give them a pointed look. Cover once again and let proof for 30-40 minutes.
When almost ready, preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Atthis time, place an empty metal pan on the bottom shelf of oven. Take a sharp razor blade or kife and score down the middle of each bolillo, careful not to pull to hard. Brush with milk. Right before you transfer bread tot he oven, take 3-4 cups of cold water and pour it into the metal pan in oven. The steam generated during baking will give you a nice crust on the bolillos. Bake on middle rack for 18-20 minutes.
Since I first posted this recipe, I have adjusted the recipe just a bit. One never stops learning new methods to make it easier or methods that work better!
Really love the vintage aqua color! Exclamation poit..Lol!
The bolillos were just the right size. Not too big, so you could actually enjoy a whole one without feeling so full.
A straight edge knife works if you do not have a pastry cutter for dough.
I find it easier to shape the rolls with my hands instead of rolling it on a flat surface.
If you prefer a shiny finish to your rolls, you could brush them with egg wash right before you bake them.
I am never without parchment paper or cooking spray for baking.
Some of our leftover slow braised brisket was so tasty with this fresh bolillo bread. The perfect beef torta! I was out of beans.
Beef Brisket Torta-Slow Braised Brisket
And today, Tuesday, with just one roll left…Menudo out of my freezer was a tasty brunch.
Cools rolls completely before storing in a plastic storage bag. Best if eaten the first and second day.