Pain A La Crème – Double Cream Bread Rolls

Pain au crème - double cream bread rolls - Domestic Gothess I had a bit of leftover cream sitting in the fridge about to pass it’s use by date and couldn’t for the life of me think what to do with it; I had been planning on baking some pain au lait and then I had a thought – why not use cream in place of the milk? I wasn’t entirely sure how well it would work, whether the cream would make the bread too heavy, but I gave it a go regardless and was incredibly pleased by the result.

Pain au crème - double cream bread rolls - Domestic GothessThe rolls were a little denser than traditional pain au lait, but still turned out incredibly soft and were utterly delicious – rich, light and slightly sweet; flavourful enough to enjoy on their own, but equally delicious split and filled with jam, toasted and buttered, or, my favourite, dipped in to thick hot chocolate. Damian rapidly devoured three of them as soon as I was done taking photographs (I nabbed one as soon as they were cool enough to handle… though in my defense it was a wonky one…).  I don’t know whether any of you have ever tried Jamaican hard dough bread before, but these very much reminded me of that – rich, dense, chewy, soft and slightly sweet.

Pain au crème - double cream bread rolls - Domestic GothessThey are fairly simple to make, though the dough is quite soft and sticky at first; give it a few minutes of kneading though and it stops sticking to your fingers, develops a smooth skin and becomes silky and elastic (though still quite soft). You will need to start the day before you want to bake the rolls as the dough needs to be left to rise in the fridge overnight, this allows it to rise slowly, which develops a better flavour, and to firm up a bit so it is easier to shape. They stay soft for a good few days in an airtight container but do need to be warmed through before serving; either pop them in a low oven for 5-10 minutes or split and toast them.

Pain au crème - double cream bread rolls - Domestic Gothess

Pain A La Crème - Double Cream Bread Rolls
 
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Makes: 10
Ingredients
  • 300g (2 + ½ cups) strong white bread flour
  • 4g (1 tsp) fast action yeast
  • 1tsp salt
  • 40g (3 tbsp) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 200ml (3/4 cup + 1 tbsp) double cream (heavy or whipping)
  • 60-100ml (1/4 cup - scant ½ cup) warm water
  • 1 egg, beaten with 1 tbsp water, to glaze
Instructions
  1. Start the day before you want to bake. Place the flour in a large bowl and add the yeast to one side and the salt and sugar to the other. Mix in the cream and enough water to make a soft, sticky (but not wet) dough. Be aware that it may look a little dry at first but as you begin to knead it it will become stickier so don't add too much water straight away.
  2. Turn the dough out on to an un-floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes until the dough has become elastic and formed a smooth skin, it will be quite sticky at first, but as you knead it will become smooth and supple.
  3. Place the dough in a large bowl, cover, and refrigerate overnight, this will allow it to firm up a little.
  4. The following day, remove the dough from the fridge and allow to sit at room temperature for half an hour or so to warm up a little. Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper or a silicone liner. Give the dough a very brief knead then divide it into 10 equal pieces.
  5. Shape each piece into a ball then roll them out on a lightly floured surface into a disc about 10cm (4in) wide. Roll the disc up tightly into a batard, roll from either end so that the centre is fatter, pinch the seam tightly to seal and then use your hands to neaten it - it should be fat in the centre and slightly pointed at either end.
  6. Place the shaped rolls seam side down on the baking sheet, making sure that they are well spaced apart. Loosely cover with a clean plastic bag (making sure that it doesn't touch the dough), or with oiled clingfilm. Leave to rise for about 45 minutes until puffy and the dough springs back slowly when you poke it with a finger, if it springs back quickly then it needs a little longer. (They don't rise as much as standard bread dough so don't expect them to quite double in size).
  7. Meanwhile heat the oven to 190C/375F/gas mark 5. Once the buns have risen, gently brush them with egg wash then use a sharp pair of scissors to make about 6 diagonal cuts on the top of each bun in a zig zag pattern.
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden and the internal temperature registers as 94C/200F (or a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean). Transfer to a wire rack to cool, store in an airtight container, best served warm.

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44 Comments on Pain A La Crème – Double Cream Bread Rolls

  1. Girl and the Kitchen
    June 11, 2015 at 7:40 pm (2 years ago)

    OMG…fresh rolls? With CREAM!!! You had me at cream…you had me at cream 🙂

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    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:21 am (2 years ago)

      LOL! 🙂

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  2. Rebecca
    June 12, 2015 at 1:57 am (2 years ago)

    These rolls are gorgeous! I’d love to smother one of them in nutella and eat it for breakfast!

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    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:24 am (2 years ago)

      Now I’m going to have to bake another batch because I didn’t think to try one with nutella and it sounds amazing! 🙂

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  3. coconutcraze
    June 12, 2015 at 2:39 pm (2 years ago)

    I love to grab some of these rolls! Lovely!

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    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:32 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you!

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  4. Jhuls
    June 12, 2015 at 3:08 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh my! This would be perfect for my black coffee. Amazing, amazing rolls, Hannah! Happy FF! xx

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    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:33 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you! They are delicious with coffee, or tea, or hot chocolate! (Yes I did try them with all of those 😛 ) x

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  5. Quinn Caudill
    June 12, 2015 at 4:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow those look yummy. I have never heard of pain au lait. Which I see means Milk bread. These are beautiful and I will be giving them a try. Thanks for bringing this to Fiesta Friday #72. Have a great weekend and Happy FF! :)) Quinn

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    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:34 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you 🙂 I should probably have specified that pain au lait is milk bread!

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  6. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    June 12, 2015 at 10:59 pm (2 years ago)

    These would make the perfect breakfast or brunch treat – love this! Thanks for linking up with us for Fabulous Foodie Fridays, I hope you have a great weekend 🙂

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    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:36 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Lauren 🙂 They are perfect for breakfast, and disappeared very quickly!

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  7. Cindy Kerschner
    June 13, 2015 at 12:38 am (2 years ago)

    These rolls look amazing! Thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday!

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    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:36 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you!

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  8. Cynthia
    June 13, 2015 at 4:30 am (2 years ago)

    Yet another gorgeous bread recipe! You`re magnificent with making bread and I wish I could be as skilled as you at them! Would you consider mailing me a box or letting me take the entire platter from FF home this evening hehehe

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    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:37 am (2 years ago)

      Ha ha! I’ve had a lot of practice! 🙂

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  9. KitchenSpells
    June 13, 2015 at 9:00 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh wow! they look amazing! I might have to try this recipe 🙂

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    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:38 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you!

      Reply
  10. Julie is Hostess At Heart
    June 14, 2015 at 4:35 pm (2 years ago)

    These rolls sound amazing! I am sure the cream kept them moist with a slight sweetness?

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    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:39 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Julie 🙂 Yes they are very moist and slightly sweet – delicious!

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  11. bakeplaysmile
    June 14, 2015 at 9:25 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh these would make the most delicious breakfast!!! Gosh they look absolutely perfect! Thanks for linking up with our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party xx

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    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:39 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Lucy 🙂 x

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  12. Aruna Panangipally
    June 15, 2015 at 9:16 am (2 years ago)

    I would absolutely love some of these warm rolls for tea!

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    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:40 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you!

      Reply
  13. Claire | Art and Soul
    June 16, 2015 at 7:55 am (2 years ago)

    I haven’t branched out into make anything bready yet, but I think these lovely rolls will have to go on my list. One of these for breakfast would be a great start to the day! 🙂
    #tastytuesdays

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    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:41 am (2 years ago)

      They make a great breakfast! Bread making is not as complicated as it seems, it just takes a bit of practice to learn what it should look and feel like at each stage, and there is nothing as satisfying as home made bread!

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  14. Honest Mum
    June 16, 2015 at 9:49 am (2 years ago)

    They look literally perfect. Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x

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    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:42 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Vicki 🙂 x

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  15. K @ Eat.Love.Live
    June 16, 2015 at 10:04 am (2 years ago)

    This looks so delicious! It makes me want to just go and bake them now. I love fresh bread a little too much K x #recipeoftheweek

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    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:43 am (2 years ago)

      Me too! Freshly baked bread is addictive!

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  16. Sophie @ Mum, M & More
    June 16, 2015 at 7:05 pm (2 years ago)

    WOW!! I never know what to do with left over cream, and now I know what I’m trying next! 🙂 #tastytuesdays x

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    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:51 am (2 years ago)

      I’ve thrown so much of it away in the past and hate wasting things so had to come up with something to do with it! x

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  17. Fionnuala
    June 17, 2015 at 8:39 am (2 years ago)

    I am a massive fan of starting my yeast dough after dinner and letting it rise overnight so that we can have fresh, warm bread or cake for breakfast.
    These look delicious!
    #TastyTuesday
    Fionnuala from http://www.mykitchennotebook.blogspot.com

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    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:52 am (2 years ago)

      I almost always let it rise in the fridge overnight, you can have fresh bread so much quicker in the morning that way! 🙂

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  18. Helen at Casa Costello
    June 17, 2015 at 11:09 pm (2 years ago)

    No need for leftover cream to go off in the fridge! You wouldn’t believe how much we throw away. I am completely sold on these bread rolls! #Bakeoftheweek

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    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:55 am (2 years ago)

      Yes I’ve thrown away loads of cream, but I hate to do so! Making bread with it is a much better idea 🙂 x

      Reply
  19. sarahgiebens
    June 18, 2015 at 9:30 am (2 years ago)

    Your bread looks awsome! I’m bookmarking this 😀

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    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:55 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you!

      Reply
  20. Jenny B @ Honey and Birch
    June 19, 2015 at 1:38 am (2 years ago)

    I’ve been dying to make my own bread – this looks awesome!! I always have a little leftover cream so I will know what to do with it next time! I featured your post this week at #FoodieFriDIY – thank you so much for participating!

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    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:57 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Jenny 🙂 I adore baking bread, and its the best way I’ve come up with to use up cream!

      Reply
  21. Katie
    November 16, 2015 at 7:22 pm (1 year ago)

    Won’t these be pretty small if the recipe calls for 2& 1/2 cups of flour for 10 bread rolls?

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    • hannahhossack
      November 16, 2015 at 8:09 pm (1 year ago)

      They are fairly small, though not tiny. You could make six to eight bigger ones if you prefer.

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      • Katie
        November 17, 2015 at 4:24 am (1 year ago)

        Thank you 🙂
        Is there also an easy way to shape the bread ?

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        • hannahhossack
          November 18, 2015 at 9:16 am (1 year ago)

          No problem 🙂 you can just roll them into balls then snip the tops a couple of times with a pair of scissors before you put them in the oven.

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