I love bread and I love marmite, why not get the best of both worlds by making some fresh bread rolls infused with marmite?! Well, I did exactly this, and let me tell you, these marmite rolls are just perfect warm from the oven with a good helping of butter to pair with that tangy taste of marmite. I got a basic bread roll recipe from BBCGoodFood but decided to make it my own so although I follow a method, this is completely of my own making! I’m really excited that these are 100% vegan too, I hope this goes to prove the kind of easy, everyday bakes you could make within a vegan diet. This is definitely not the finished article but I’m very happy with this first trial and I'll keep making them every now and then and testing out different quantities of ingredients to make them just right, but for now, these are a good starting point!
Makes 8 Rolls
500g Flour (I used plain flour because that's all I had but you can use strong white bread flour too)
7g Dried Yeast
1tsp Caster Sugar
2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Oil (I used sunflower oil)
2 Large tsp Marmite
325ml Warm Water
Put all the ingredients (except the water) into a large bowl, give it a quick mix to combine before pouring the water over the top, and mixing with a wooden spoon until you get a rough, clumpy dough. Make sure all the ingredients are well mixed together then cover with a tea towel and leave to rest for 10 mins.
After 10 mins, tip the dough onto an oiled surface (you only need a tsp of oil just to lubricate the dough and the counter). Knead the dough for around 10 mins until it’s smooth and evenly round, if it gets a little dry during the kneading just drizzle another tsp of oil over (but only add more once the oil has been fully soaked in and your dough becomes dry again). Shape the dough into a ball and place in a lightly oiled bowl, leave in a warm place to double in size for 45-60 mins.
Once the dough has risen, tip it out onto a floured surface and roll it into a long sausage shape…this got me thinking of homemade baguette ideas.
Cut your dough in half and then cut each half into 4 equal pieces so we end up with 8 bits of dough.
Roll each piece into a tight ball and place them on a floured tray (leave a little space in between for when they rise), cover the tray with a tea towel, and leave in a warm place to rise for 45-60 mins.
After the rolls final rise, preheat the oven to around 180C/ 160 Fan/ Gas Mark 4 and dust your rolls with a little more flour.
Before putting them in the oven you could glaze the rolls with either some vegan milk/butter just to get that extra shine when they bake, you could also add any toppings if you wanted like seeds or herbs too! Bake in the oven for 25-35 minutes until the rolls are golden brown and make a hollow sound when you tap the base. Leave them to cool on the tray for about 15 mins before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely before storing in a bread bin/ airtight container.
I’m really pleasantly surprised with how these came out. I would say I'm getting really good at making things when following a recipe but making my own recipes and getting them right the first time is something I haven’t managed to do yet. I was so excited about this marmite roll idea and I'm happy that they do have a really yeasty/marmite smell and just a light tangy taste so you could still use them normally for sandwiches and soups but they also taste really good on their own toasted with some butter.
I made this kind of on a whim, looking up basic bread roll ideas and trying to work out how much marmite I actually needed in the recipe, if I’m being honest you could probably add more or maybe even lightly glaze the top with some melted marmite if you really love the taste, it’s really important to me that these are fully vegan too, I am not vegan but I enjoy eating vegan food and trying out vegan recipes so to have one of my own that's accessible to such a large group of people and their diets is really promising.