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Petit Pains Au Lait

Classic French Milk Rolls

These Petit Pains au lait are delicious classic French milk rolls that you can fill with your favourite fillings or just to accompany a bowl of delicious French soup.

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There are 3 stages in making this bread as is quite usual for most yeast breads of this style.

Don't let this worry you. It is simple and all comes together very easily. You just need some time.

You will enjoy the eating at the end, but will also be amazed at how much the process is rewarding. 

Personally, I love mixing, smelling and eating homemade baked bread. And this beautiful French recipe is superb. (Try other great French bread recipes at home.)


The First Stage: Mixing The Petit Pains Au Lait

Assemble your 6 ingredients together, following the instructions on how to mix it up which is very important.

The 2 photos below show you what your bread will look like after mixing the dough.

And then after the rising stage is complete.



The time it takes for the rising stage depends, to a great extent on the temperature of the room.

The warmer it is the faster it will rise.



The Second Stage: French Milk Bread


Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface again and knock it back, in other words, punch it!

Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and shape them into balls for your bread rolls.

Cut a cross on the top of each one with a sharp knife.

They should look something like this.



Cover with lightly oiled clear film or a clean damp teacloth and leave for another hour or until doubled in size.

The Third Stage: Enjoying The Aroma



Brush the tops of the bread rolls with milk and place in a preheated oven.

Bake at 200C/400F/Gas 6 and bake for about 20 minutes or until they are golden brown in colour.

Place them on a wire rack to cool.



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Petit Pains Au Lait Recipe

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Petit Pains Au Lait The Classic French Milk Rolls
Yield
20 rolls
Author
Judith Coates
Prep time
3 H & 25 M
Cook time
20 Min
Total time
3 H & 45 M

Petit Pains Au Lait The Classic French Milk Rolls

Petit Pains au Lait or classic French milk rolls you can make at home with a guarantee they won't last long!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups (450gr/1lb) unbleached white bread flour
  • 1/4 cup (50gr/2oz) butter
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (280ml/9floz) lukewarm milk
  • 1 tsp dried yeast (15gm/1/2 oz fresh yeast)

Instructions

1st Stage
  1. Sieve the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Mix in the sugar.
  3. Rub the butter into the flour until it is very fine like breadcrumbs.
  4. If using fresh yeast, cream the yeast with 3 tablespoons of the milk.
  5. Stir in the remainder of the milk.
  6. Add the yeast/milk mixture to the flour and using your hands, mix to a dough.
  7. If using dried yeast, add it to the mixture with the flour and then add the lukewarm milk.
  8. Mix to a dough with your hands.
  9. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead the dough for about 5 minutes until it is smooth and elastic in texture.
  10. Put your dough into a lightly oiled bowl and cover with clear film or a clean damp tea cloth and leave for about 1 hour or until it has doubled in size. The temperature of the room will determine how long this might take. The warmer it is the less time it takes.
2nd Stage
  1. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface again and knockback, punch it!
  2. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and shape them into balls for your bread rolls.
  3. Cut a cross on the top of each one with a sharp knife.
  4. Cover with lightly oiled clear film or a clean damp tea cloth and leave for another hour or until doubled in size.
The Final Stage
  1. Brush the tops of the bread rolls with milk and place in a preheated oven, 200C(400F, Gas 6) and bake for about 20 minutes or until they are golden brown in colour.
  2. Place them on a wire rack to cool.
  3. There you have your Petit Pains Au Lait - they smell gorgeous and taste divine!

Notes:

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Nutrition Facts

Calories

127.46

Fat (grams)

2.89

Sat. Fat (grams)

1.60

Carbs (grams)

21.19

Fiber (grams)

0.71

Net carbs

20.48

Sugar (grams)

1.35

Protein (grams)

3.80

Sodium (milligrams)

256.82

Cholesterol (grams)

6.71

The nutritional information for this recipe has been calculated for the entire recipe electronically, if you are not satisfied with these results, please use the link to CALORIE COUNTER in the Notes section above. They are not intended as a health recommendation or guideline.

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