Sweet bread rolls are sort of sweet rolls covered in white sugar. It is very airy from inside, sweet and tender from the outside. Shoreek is sold in every pastry shop in Egypt. I remember eating it with a warm cup of milk during winter as a night snack, it gives energy and help me stay awake doing lots of – unjustified- home work. So whenever I see Shoreek, I remember these sad school days :).
Egyptian Shoreek/ sweet rolls recipe:
- 3 cups of all purpose flour.
- 1/2 cup of oil.
- 1/2 cup of granulated sugar.
- 1 large egg.
- 1 Tbs of yeast.
- 1/2 – 3/4 cup of warm milk.
- Egg wash and some granulated sugar from the top.
Start by mixing the dry ingredients first then add the egg and oil. Add the milk little by little until you achieve a dough that is not sticky and not too hard. Cover and let it rise for an hour.
Punch the dough and let it rise again for another hour. Repeat this process from 3 to 4 times as this is the secret to a fluffy moist shoreek.
Take a small piece – almost the size of a lime – shape it into a rope and then you can shape it like above – the traditional one- or you can braid it.
Cover and let it rise again for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350F and when you are ready to place them , brush the rolls with the egg wash and sprinkle some sugar and/or sesame seeds.
Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown.
Serve warm with milk/tea or coffee.
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