Portuguese buns

4 servings; 15 min preparation; 45 min cooking

In my opinion, the first thing that every cook should learn how to make, is bread. It’s one of the essentials that every one of us eats daily. Instead of buying those expensive luxe buns from the bakery, you could bake them at home. You can use any flour of your choice, add nuts and seeds and make your favorite bread.

This recipe is simple and classic. These buns are very typical with their pointy shape. If you give the dough enough time to rise and rest, you will end with soft and fluffy Portuguese buns.

Ingredients

  • 250 g all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp dry yeast
  • 300 ml warm water
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Preparation

Mix the wet ingredients in a bowl. Warm the water in the microwaves. It has to be warm, but not boiling. Add it to the dry ingredients and mix well. Knead the dough for 5 to 10 min until it’s smooth and homogeneous. It shouldn’t be dry and hard.

Grease a bowl with olive oil. Put the dough in the bowl, cover with a piece of plastic foil and set aside at room temperature to rest. Give it a good hour.

In an hour the dough should be raised. Take it from the bowl, toss a little bit of flour on a working surface and knead the dough for 2 more minutes. It will activate the yeast even more. Cut four even pieces from the dough. Make them to small balls and leave them under a clean kitchen towel for 25 more minutes.

Preheat the oven to 40 degrees C. Cover a baking tray with flour and set aside.

Use your hands to shape the dough balls into pointy buns. Put your hands under 45 degrees angle on both sides of the bun and roll it. The buns will become longer and pointy.

Place the buns on the baking tray and cover again with a kitchen towel. Leave the buns to rest for 10 min. Bake the buns for 40 min in the slightly preheated oven. After the time, turn the buns and increase the temperature to 180 degrees C. Bake for 25 min. Let the buns cool. Enjoy!

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