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LIVING IN A MOTOR HOME: FAQ's

We always seem to get asked the same questions about living somewhat off grid in a motor home, to which the answers seem to spark a dozen more questions! So (to give our voices a rest!) here's the answers to our most frequently asked questions...

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Home made bread - Soft Rolls / Burger Baps

Home made bread - soft rolls / burger bap recipeOnce I’d mastered baking a loaf of bread and then little crusty rolls, I soon got to wondering how you make soft rolls for burger buns etc. It seems the magic ingredient is milk! Don't ask me if it works with soy or almond milk etc as I've not tried it, why not give it a go and post your results on our Facebook page? We always like to hear how people have adapted our recipes! 

 

My first attempt had Ryan say that it was the tastiest burger bun he’d ever eaten, in fact we even sat down and enjoyed a warm roll each with nothing but butter on it, so they were clearly going to be making a regular appearance :) Why should the burger get all the appraisal when the bun could be just as awesome?

 

The process is essentially the same as for making a loaf so allow yourself the same sort of time scale. As with my loaves of bread I sometimes substitute some of the white flour for wholemeal for oodles more depth and flavour. The ratio is up to your own taste and how rustic you want your finished rolls to be.

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*tip* As with any dough recipe make sure that your hands and rolling/kneading surface are squeaky clean and that any wedding rings etc have been stashed safely away (jewellery can harbour some nasty germs underneath, plus it’s fiddly business to have to scrub dried dough out from around any stones or cut patterns. You could even lose a stone in the mix if one was loose so it’s safer all round to just take it off!). I also make sure to have a bowl of warm soapy water ready to clean me up afterwards. See these gorgeous ring holders to keep your jewels safe whilst you work! >

 

Ingredients:    (makes approx. 8 large rolls)

450g bread flour (strong white / wholemeal or a mixture of both

1tsp salt

1/2 tsp sugar

7g dried yeast

50g butter

150ml milk

150 ml warm water

 

Method:

1. Mix flour, salt, sugar and yeast in a large bowl. Melt the butter and mix with the milk and water.

2. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry and knead for 10 mins on a well floured work surface (or in the bowl on your lap if you've not got a surface to use...). Push the dough away from you with the heel of your hand before gathering it back up, turning and repeating until elastic.

3. Divide the dough into 8 or more evenly sized pieces, shape into flattened rolls and transfer to a greased baking sheet leaving at least one inch between them. Allow to rise in a warm place for 30 mins or until almost doubled in size - they really do puff up well so don't worry if they look too small at first!

To shape bread; place your left hand on the side of the dough ball whilst using your right to gently try to turn it towards you. Allow your right hand to pass under the dough slightly as you pull it towards you. Reposition your left hand and repeat until the dough is smoothed into a neat round. Lift carefully with floured hands and/or a spatula to avoid it sticking and pulling out of shape.

4. Bake at a moderately high heat until lightly browned, around 20 mins, carefully turning if necessary for even cooking. For best results they need to remain very pale though of course not undercooked or you'll have wet dough in the middle! It can be a bit of a tricky balance to achieve so I tend to er on the side of overdone... Lower the tray or temperature if the tops are colouring too quickly.

5. Cool on a wire rack covered with a clean tea towel. Best eaten fresh else they become dry.

 

Don't forget to tell us how you got on in the comments below, we'd love to hear from you!

 

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My name is Sarah and in 2011 my husband Ryan and I decided to buy and re-fit an old motor home - we named it Waki and now live in it full time in the UK!

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