These herby rolls are brilliant with cheese. You could add a little mustard powder to give them extra bite.
300g/10½oz brown bread flour
200g/7oz spelt flour
50g/1¾oz rye flour
50g/1¾oz white bread flour
1½ tsp salt
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 tbsp chopped fresh sage
1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
2 sachets dried fast-acting yeast
about 500ml/18fl oz warm water
2 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp vegetable oil
200g/7oz walnuts, roughly chopped
Mix the flours with the salt in a large bowl then add the herbs and the yeast and make a well in the centre. Mix together the water, sugar and oil, pour into the flour then mix until ingredients come together to form a dough – you may need to add a little more water.
Turn the dough onto a floured board, knead for 10 minutes then place in an oiled bowl, cover and leave in a warm place until doubled in size.
Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Knead the walnuts into the dough. Divide the dough onto eight portions, shape into rolls and place onto a greased baking sheet.
For the glaze, blanch the herbs in boiling water for a few seconds then refresh in iced water. Mix together the egg and water. Brush the rolls with the egg mixture, arrange the herbs on top and brush with the glaze again. Bake in the oven for 12 – 15 minutes or until the bottoms of the rolls sound hollow when tapped.
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