Recipe: Walnut bread rolls

Nut bread rolls: Bziezen bil-ġewż

Nowadays, you can find all types of bread in the shops, but making your own can be extremely satisfying with the added bonus that it will fill your house with an aroma which is to die for!

Preparation: 30 minutes

Total time: 1 hour and 5 minutes

Serves: 8


  • 2½ teaspoons of honey
  • 310 ml tepid water
  • 2 teaspoons (14 g) dry yeast
  • 50 g melted butter
  • 300 g plain flour
  • 215 g whole meal flour
  • Teaspoon of salt
  • 230 g walnut halves, lightly roasted and chopped
  • Olive oil, to grease
  • Milk, to spread


  1. In a small bowl, mix together the honey and 125ml water. Add the dry yeast to this mixture and let it rest for around 8 minutes until it starts to foam a little bit on the surface. Pour the mixture into a large bowl and add the butter and the rest of the water. 
  2. Sift together the white and whole meal flour with the salt and then add the walnuts. Add these to the yeast mixture and mix everything together with a wooden spoon, then knead the mixture together in the bowl using your hands.  
  3. Spread some flour on a table, place the dough on it and then knead it until it becomes smooth and malleable.
  4. Grease a large bowl with oil, place the dough and move it around so it gets covered in the oil. Cover the bowl with cling film and leave it in a warm place for around 1 hour and 45 minutes or until the dough doubles in size.
  5. Using your fist press down on the centre of the dough, take it out of the bowl and cut it in two. Form both parts into a 35 cm roll.  
  6. Heat the over to a temperature of 180°C.
  7. Grease an ovenproof tray with oil and place the rolls on top; cover them with a clean napkin and leave them in a warm place for an hour.  
  8. Cut six diagonal lines on the surface of each roll using a pair of scissors, then brush them with milk.
  9. Bake for 35 minutes or until they turn golden and sound hollow when you tap on the bottom part. Place them on a cooling rack.

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