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Barm Cakes (bread rolls)

Barm cakes are actually a bread roll or a bap. Made from white or wholemeal flour they are soft rolls. Barm is an old Lancashire (UK) name for the froth on liquid that contains yeast.

450g/1lb bread flour

56g/2 oz lard or butter

8g/0.3 oz dried fast action yeast

142ml/ 1/4 pint warm milk

142ml/ 1/4 pint warm water

1 teaspoon salt

Pop the water and milk into a bowl and stir in the yeast.

In a separate bowl rub the lard/butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs and add the salt.

Now pour the liquid into the dry ingredients and bring together to form a dough.

Knead on a floured surface for 5-10 minutes.

Put the dough into a bowl and cover with a cloth, leave in a warm place to rise for about an hour. It should double in size.

Knock the dough back, by kneading again for a couple of minutes and divide into 8 rolls.

Place the rolls on a floured baking sheet. Cover and leave to rise for a further 45 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 400F/200C/Gas 6.

Bake in the oven for 25 minutes.


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