Soft rolls

Soft rolls

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  • 16 rolls 
  • Easy
  • 15 minutes plus 1 hour for rising 
  • 12 minutes 


  • 4 cups flour 
  • 1 packet instant dry yeast 
  • ⅓ cup castor sugar 
  • 1 t salt 
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) melted  butter, plus extra for  brushing 
  • 1½ cups warm milk
  • 1 egg
  • oil for greasing

Cooking Instructions

1. Put 3 cups (750 ml) flour, yeast, castor sugar and salt in a bowl. Combine well.

2. In a separate bowl, mix the butter, milk and egg.

3. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients into it.

4. Add ½ cup (125 ml) flour and combine with a wooden spoon until incorporated.

5. Add the remaining ½ cup (125 ml) flour and mix until a ball of dough is formed.

6. Knead until dough is slightly sticky and soft, and pulling away from sides of bowl, about 8 minutes.

7. Transfer dough to a lightly greased bowl. Cover with a towel or clingwrap, and leave to rise in a warm spot until double in size, about 30 minutes.

8. Knock down dough by punching it lightly. Pinch off pieces and form 16 equal-sized rolls (you can weigh them to ensure consistency), placing them on a greased baking tray.

9. Cover with a towel or clingwrap and leave to rise for 30 minutes. In the meantime, preheat oven to 180 °C.

10. Bake until golden, 12-15 minutes. Brush with melted butter while hot.

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This is an extract from Hosting with The Lazy Makoti: A Celebration of Food by Mogau Seshoene. It is published by Jonathan Ball Publishers. Photography Donna Lewis and Katlego Mokubyane

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Mogau Seshoene, AKA The Lazy Makoti is a cookbook author and TV star.

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    Michelle Jonas
    June 21, 2022

    Thank you for this easy to follow recipe. The rolls came out so soft and light. Yummy too😋