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Bolillos (Rolls)
Total : 3 hours Prep : 30 min


  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon shortening, melted and cooled
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 ¼-4 cups flour
  • Nonstick spray


  1. Sprinkle yeast over the warm water in a large mixing bowl; stir and let stand 5 minutes.
  2. When the yeast is working a bit stir the honey, shortening and salt into the yeast mixture.
  3. Add 2½ cups flour.
  4. Mix at low speed and then beat at medium speed until the dough is very elastic, about 5 minutes.
  5. Gradually stir in as much of the remaining flour as needed to make a soft dough.
  6. Knead on floured surface until dough is smooth in texture and very elastic, 15-20 minutes.
  7. Spray bowl with nonstick spray. Wipe with towel and spread spray over bowl.
  8. Place dough in a grease bowl, turn the dough so all surfaces have a sheen of oil.
  9. Cover and let rise in a warm place until it has doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  10. Punch the dough down and knead briefly on a floured surface.
  11. Divide dough into 10 pieces and roll into balls.
  12. Work with the palms of your hands and start at the center of each ball to toll out into ovals.
  13. Each piece should be able 5 ½" long and 2" in the middle, tapering to each end.
  14. Place rolls on a greased baking sheet, cover and let rise until almost doubled, about 25 minutes.
  15. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 375°F.
  16. Slash each roll down the middle stopping about ½" from each end and cutting about ½" deep.
  17. Bake until the rolls are brown and sound hollow when tapped, about 30-35 minutes. Remove from baking sheets and cool on racks.
  18. Serve warm and fresh from the oven.
Exchange: 2.5 starch
Carbohydrate Units: 2.5
Nutrition Facts
Servings per Recipe:
1 roll
 Amount Per Serving
 Calories 180      Calories from Fat 15
% Daily Value 
3% Total Fat 2g
0% Cholesterol   0mg
15% Sodium   350mg
12% Total Carbohydrate   36g
4%   Dietary Fiber   1g
0%   Sugars   0g
10% Protein   5g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs: