Bolillos - Mexican Oval Rolls - Exterior
Bolillos - Mexican Oval Rolls No. 2 - Interior
I was rummaging through some of my baking books, looking for something new to bake, and found this recipe for Bolillos (Mexican oval rolls), and decided to give them a try. They're close to the ones I remember from traveling in Mexico. I made the dough a little bit wetter than the recipe called for, trying to get a better interior. They're slightly sweet as a result of a small amount of honey in the dough and are very good at breakfast... and the dough makes really good hamburger and hot dog rolls. Of course, the Mexicans would probably want to "shoot the Gringo" if they heard me say that. Anyway, I really enjoyed the baked goods in Mexico. They make great rolls and fairly simple but terrific pastries and in the smaller towns the bakeries (and bakers) are quite good. We think of tortillas as being the staple of Mexico, and they are, but they also make some very good bread, rolls and pastries down there.
These Bolillos were made using the direct method with yeast, no pre-ferment. Although I did stretch and fold the dough as opposed to punching it down (as the recipe suggested), which, I think, gave me a better interior. They have a small amount of oil in the dough which makes them slightly softer than French style rolls and, of course, a little sweeter as a result of the honey. Since I sort of winged it with these, if anyone else out there has made Bolillos I would really appreciate hearing about your recipe, how you made them and how they turned out.