One food cheat is to make your own bread rolls using a bread mix – I’ve usually got a packet of Wright’s Cheese & Onion Bread Mix in the cupboards for those quick bread roll moments. They’re more versatile than you might’ve thought! You don’t have to use the whole bag in one go, it keeps for months, so you can use them to just make, say, 2 bread rolls! Ideal if you’re cooking for one.
For me, the most appealing part of the mix is that you just need to add water. That’s it. You don’t need anything else, which means these bread mixes can be great to have in the cupboard as you know you don’t need anything else to add.
Apart from bread rolls, these bread mixes can be great to use as a quick pizza dough, with the more interesting cheese & onion pizza base, without too much hassle. If you’ve got a mixer, then you can use that – but this mix you can mix by hand. I don’t have a mixer, so all my bread mixing is done by hand in a bowl!
One small bag of Wright’s Bread Mix weighs 500 grams. To make up the whole packet you mix that with 315ml of water. So you then need to use just some simple maths to see how you can make just 2 bread rolls if you wish, or one pizza base! One 500 gram bag should make 10 bread rolls, so each bread roll will need 50 grams of the dry bread mix.
You can do this using your scales. What I do is tip the whole bag of bread mix into a Click N Lock box. I can then scoop out how much I want to make up – usually just “by eye” to start with. What I’ll do is place the whole container onto my digital scales and note how much it weighs, I’ll then remove mix from the container, watching how much I’ve taken out until the scales show the whole box/mix weighs 100 grams less than when I started!
500 grams of bread mix requires 315ml of water; 100 grams of bread mix therefore takes 1/5th of this, or 63ml of water. But here’s another neat trick: 1ml of water weighs 1 gram. So, I can simply use my digital scales again – place your bread mix and bowl on your digital scales and set them back to 0. Then, slowly, add water from a jug until you’ve got 63 grams of water in there! Actually, I’d aim for 60 grams of water, 60-63 ml/grams doesn’t make a significant difference.
Now you can simply mix up 1/5th of the whole packet to make just 2 bread rolls.
Once you’ve followed the instructions (combine mix/water until it’s formed a dough ball; leave to rest for 5 minutes; knead/stretch for 2 minutes; rest for 5 minutes; shape as required, cover and set aside for 30-40 minutes to double in size) – you can simply divide your dough in half, then slide your two dough balls into the oven on an oven tray at 210°C for just 15 minutes.
Kept in an airtight container, the bread mix has a long shelf life (see individual packs for the best before date). If you pay full price for this, then it works out at under £0.20/100g, so that’s just 10p per bread roll! These are great to take for a packed lunch, or if you’re heading out for the day and will want a quick savoury nibble at some point.
Wrights aren’t the only bread mix manufacturer – there are quite a few out there, so keep an eye out for those where you just have to add water and that have a long shelf life. Wrights also do other flavours of bread! I love their sun-dried tomato bread too.
Wright’s Cheese & Onion Bread Mix Ingredients:
Wheat Flour, Dried Yeast, Dried Parmesan Cheese (2%) (from cow’s milk), Dried Kibbled Onion (2%) Salt, Chickpea Flour, Vegetable Oil (Rapeseed), Mustard Powder, Mixed Herbs, Dextrose, Flour Treatment Agent: Ascorbic Acid