Bread Rolls cooked over a fire

We’re back from a wonderful week spent at Mahai Campsite in Royal Natal National Park in the Drakensberg Mountains – it was so peaceful, despite the fact that it rained for four days. We were forced to relax, which was good!

We did all our cooking over a braai-fire, even our bread (even if sometimes our fire was made under a beach umbrella), so I thought I’d share my favourite bread recipe with you, and the method for making bread-rolls over the coals.

Brown Seed Bread Rolls

3 1/2 cups of brown bread flour
1 sachet instant yeast (10 grs)
5 mls salt
1/2 cup of mixed seeds – I used poppy, sunflower, sesame and linseeds
30 mls syrup or honey or sugar
60 mls of oil
1 to 2 cups of luke-warm water

  • Mix together the dry ingredients
  • Add the honey and oil, stir slightly
  • Add the warm water slowly, while stirring, until the flour binds into a dough
  • Continue stirring with your spoon until the mixture is ready to tip out
  • Lightly flour a large bread board or clean table, and tip the dough out onto it
  • Knead gently but thoroughly until the dough is very smooth, and elastic when stretched

  • Lightly oil a clean bowl, and place your dough in it, cover with a clean cloth and set aside somewhere warm to rise
  • When the dough has doubled in size, knock it back, and press out flat until about 1 inch thick
  • Cut out circles with a glass or cookie cutter – don’t make them too big, the dough should yield about 16 rolls


  • Flour the tops as well, and set aside, covered, to prove
  • Get the fire going, you will need a bed of of coals for a gentle heat
  • Place the rolls directly on the grid and allow to cook, turning them over frequently


  • The rolls are done when they sound hollow when tapped.
  • The whole process should take about 2 hours, and there is nothing as good as a hot bread roll baked over the coals!

Enjoy!  We had our hot bread rolls with some warmed-up left-over braaied kassler ribs – with plenty of mustard, these were the ultimate ‘burger’!



4 responses to “Bread Rolls cooked over a fire

  1. >Yummy they do look good. Will copy and paste recipe thanks


  2. >Ooooh like roosterkoek, just healthier. Love it!


  3. >I bet the neighbours stopped laughing at your umbrella once these babies came off the fire!!! Lovely campsite!!!


  4. >Oy yoiyoiyoi I am drooling …. really awesome xxx jan


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