Ecuadorian Sweet Rolls Recipe
These sweet, soft, buttery rolls are a popular bakery item in Ecuador and a great bread recipe for beginners.
- Serves: 30 persons
- 6 ½cups bread flour
- 2cups warm milk
- 1 ½tablespoons active dry yeast
- 8tablespoons (4 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
- ½cup sugar
- 1 ½teaspoons salt
- For the Topping:
- 2tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- ¼cup sugar
Step 1Place the warm (but not too hot) milk in the bowl of a standing mixer. Sprinkle the yeast over the milk and set the mixture aside for 5 minutes, until the yeast is bubbly. (Note: If you can find fresh cake yeast (more easily obtained in South America than in the U.S.), use about 2 ounces of the cake yeast instead of the dry yeast—it adds authentic yeasty flavor to these rolls).
Step 2Add the sugar, 2 cups of the flour, 2 eggs, the butter (cut into small pieces), and the salt. Use the dough hook attachment to knead the mixture until everything is well mixed. Add the remaining flour gradually, 1/2 cup at a time. Knead until the dough is soft, smooth, and stretchy, adding a bit more or a bit less flour, as needed.
Step 3Place the dough in a large, lightly oiled bowl and let it rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
Step 4Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Step 5Divide the dough into about 30 pieces. Each piece should be around the size of a golf ball (about 2 ounces each). Roll each piece of dough into a smooth ball. Place the balls of dough about 1 inch apart on a large buttered baking sheet (or 2 smaller baking sheets).
Step 6Lightly beat an egg, then brush the tops of the rolls with the beaten egg.
Step 7Let the rolls rise in a warm place until they have almost doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
Step 8Bake rolls until they are medium golden brown on top, about 30 to 40 minutes. Brush the tops of the rolls with the melted butter as soon as they come out of the oven, then sprinkle them with the sugar.