Popeye Spinach Bun (Roll)

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Makes/serves 4 servings
Duration 2 hr 30 min
Prep Time 2 hr
Difficulty Complex
Categories
  • Snack
  • Indian
  • Vegetarian
  • Bake

INGREDIENTS

  • 400 gms ( 2 cups) – all purpose flour (maida)
  • 2 tsp – butter
  • 30 ml – milk
  • 3 tbsp – spinach puree (reserve extra 2 tsp )
  • 1 – egg, beat well
  • 1 tsp -extra butter (to grease baking tray)
  • 2 tsp – milk (for final stage)
  • FOR YEAST:
  • 4 tbsp – warm water (60 ml)
  • 3 tsp – (1 tbsp) sugar
  • 1 tsp – active dry yeast (please use fresh packet)

PREPARATION

  • FOR YEAST:
  • Dilute 1 tsp – active dry yeast with 4 tbsp – warm water and 3 tsp – sugar. Gently stir well. Let it stand for 15 minutes, until it fermented and doubled in quantity.
  • FOR SPINACH PUREE:
  • Wash and clean palak. Drain out water completely and boil on a low heat for 5 – 8 minutes until soft.
  • Switch off the heat and keep aside to cool for twenty minutes.
  • Transfer this boiled spinach into a mixer bowl and make a smooth paste without adding extra water.
  • You may get 4 – 5 tbsps of spinach paste.
  • FOR THE DOUGH:
  • Melt 2 tsps butter in 30 ml medium hot milk and keep aside.
  • Place 2 cups of flour in a large bowl and stir in salt.
  • Make a well in the centre, and pour milk-butter mix, fermented yeast mixture, spinach puree and beaten egg.
  • Knead into a dough.
  • Sprinkle 2-3 tsps of reserved spinach puree if required until you have a soft moist dough that can be handled well and soft.
  • Turn out onto a floured surface, and knead for at least 10 minutes (make an extra soft dough – softer than a soft toy).
  • Return to the bowl, cover with a wet towel, and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 to 1.5 hours.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a floured surface; cover and let rest for 15 minutes.
  • Divide into 8 parts.
  • Shape each into a round bun – roll. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • Place on greased baking sheets.
  • Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Leave 1-inch gap between each bun.
  • Preheat oven at 375 degrees F or 190 degrees C.
  • Brush with 2 tsps milk. Bake for 18 – 22 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool. Serve with any accompaniment of your choice.
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