There are some dishes that I grew up with whereas some just catch my eye while cruising the net. Pav Bhaji is one such dish which I stumbled upon and had an instant liking to it. Before my baking journey began, I used to rely on store bought dinner rolls for pav, but I had always wanted to try to make them at home. My wish came true when I came across DK’s pav bread recipe. I tried it and I am now totally hooked. It is very easy to make and tastes absolutely delicious. The soft buttery bread is sure to be a hit at any party. So with a little bit planning you can have delicious homemade Pav. Jazz it up any way you like. Let us get started, shall we?
3 cups bread flour (All purpose flour can be used but bread flour does make a difference)
1 pkt active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp in one packet)
2 tsp sugar
1/4 cup luke warm water
3 tbsp butter
1 1/4 cups milk
1 tsp salt
Heat the milk to luke warm and add the butter to it and let it melt.
Add yeast and sugar to luke warm water and set aside until it froths up. Do not use hot water as that will kill the yeast.
Once the yeast froths up add the salt and milk+butter mixture to it.
Next add the flour 1 cup at a time and mix well to form a dough.
The dough is going to be really sticky to work with. Unless you absolutely cannot work with it do not add more flour. I had to add a tablespoon of flour to work with it.
So now it is time to get the muscles working. After 10 minutes of kneading see how soft the dough has become and it is no longer sticky.
Cover the vessel and let the yeast do its work. After an hour it has doubled in volume.
Punch it down and make 12 balls. Try to keep the balls equal size. Place the balls on a greased baking sheet. Leave an inch gap between the balls and place them to double again.
After an hour see how it has doubled and the balls are touching each other. Don’t they look cute?
Place in a 350F preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until the top is golden brown. Remove from oven and let it cool. Looks gorgeous right.
The rolls break apart easily.
Yummy pav bread ready to be had with butter or jelly or with the Indian Pav Bhaji.
1. Egg white wash or milk wash can be used to get the brown color.
2. You can also put it on a low broil for a couple of minutes after the bread is done to get the color. Be very careful with this as it burns quite quickly.