Picture of Pav – wala’s (Person who sell’s bun) in Mumbai never fades from my mind, the sound of cycle- bell early in the morning. Homemakers in Mumbai are pampered with these fresh – soft Pav available in their door step in the morning and then all you need is a little butter for a yummy Breakfast , I think that’s how majority of Mumbai-kar’s starts their day.
All purpose flour – 2 cups
Wheat flour – 1 cup
Egg – 1
Sugar – 1/4 cup
Yeast – 2 tsp
Salt – 1 tsp
Butter or Olive oil – 4 Tbsp
Warm water – 1/4 cup
Milk – 3/4 cup (Approx)
Sesame seeds – (few , optional)
Milk for Milk wash or Egg for egg wash
* Add yeast and 1 table spoon sugar to the warm water and keep aside to get the yeast activated.Keep for 10 minutes till the water slowly rises.
* Mix All purpose flour , wheat flour , sugar ,salt , activated yeast mixture , milk , egg and 2 table spoon butter. Combine well to make a soft dough, if its difficult to work with it add little more flour help kneading. Knead for 10 to 15 minutes with a stand mixer or use hands to knead.
* Coat the dough with melted butter and cover with wet towel , keep it in a warmer place for’em to rise. Check after an hour if the yeast started doing its work , that’s when the dough rises Punch’em down and keep again for rising in the same warm place for another 1/2 an hour.
*Roll these dough to any shape, divide the dough to 10 to 12 equal portion and make ball’s with each portion.Keep these balls in a greased baking tray .Leave space in between each ball’s for them to rise and spread. Cover the tray with wet towel and keep for rising as this decides the size of the dough. It has to be given sufficient time and equally important is the warm environment the yeast needs to rise.Keep minimum 1 hour for rising.
*Preheat the oven to 380 degree F. Brush the dough balls with milk and sprinkle sesame seeds on top(if using) (There is no sesame seeds in Pav though).
Bake these Bun’s for 20 to 25 minutes till the out side looks nice and brown.
*Take these baked bun from the oven once its done. Spread little butter on top for the glaze.
* Serve with Bhaji or Vindaloo. Goan’s special.