Thursday, January 10, 2013

Eggless Pesto Rolls with Homemade Pesto

There was a time when the Yeast monster gave me nightmares,not anymore.I started baking with those uneven granules of Yeast which required heaps of luck,more than a warm atmosphere to rise.Now good quality yeast is available aplenty in our part of the world too and you just need a good recipe,some time in hand(bread baking is time consuming!)and confidence.
Eggless Pesto Rolls with Homemade Pesto
One recipe which never NEVER fails for me is this Garlic Pull-apart bread rolls.I still remember when I baked it,it was too much of a success to me.I just couldn't believe that the soft and so-bakery-like bread could be baked at home,just like that!

When Nags posted a Pesto version,I bookmarked it to try immediately.Only,there was no Pesto at home.I haven't tried making/eating pesto but had heard so many people raving about it.Decided to harvest my basil pot and made a batch of Homemade Pesto.Though I didn't like it initially(probably because of the taste of raw garlic)it tasted delicious when baked as a filling for this bread.
Eggless Pesto Rolls with Homemade Pesto
If you are scared of yeast and are intimidated at the thought of baking bread,I'd suggest you start with this one.It gives perfect results every single time!

Eggless Pesto Rolls with Homemade Pesto
Recipe source - Nags;Original recipe - Suhaina


Maida/All purpose flour - 1 cup
Atta/Whole wheat flour - 1/2 cup
Vital wheat gluten - 1 1/2 tsp(optional)
Salt to taste
Warm water - 1/2 cup
Instant Yeast - 1/2 tbsp(I used Mauripan)
Sugar - 1 tbsp
Olive oil - 1 tbsp
Basil Pesto - 1 cup
Amul Cheese cube - 1,grated(optional)


Garlic Pull-apart Rolls-step1 
Mix together warm water,sugar and yeast in a bowl and let it proof for about 5-7 minutes.It should bubble and froth up within minutes,if not start afresh.
Eggless Pesto Rolls with Homemade Pesto 
Mix together both the flours,gluten,salt and yeast mix till you get a slightly sticky dough.
Eggless Pesto Rolls with Homemade Pesto 

Add oil and knead for 5-7 minutes till you get a smooth dough.
Cover the dough with a cling film or a kitchen towel and allow to proof for 40-45 minutes.
Grease a baking pan or a loaf tin with butter.
Eggless Pesto Rolls with Homemade Pesto 
Knock down the air in the dough and divide the dough into two equal portions.
Roll one half of the dough on a floured surface using a rolling pin to a rough rectangle.
Spread about half of the pesto on one side.Add grated cheese on top(if using)
Eggless Pesto Rolls with Homemade Pesto 
Roll from one end as you would for a swiss roll.
Cut the roll into half and further into two making it four rolls.
Eggless Pesto Rolls with Homemade Pesto 
Now place the rolls with the cut side up in the greased pan. 
Repeat the same procedure for the remaining dough. 

Allow to rise for another 20 minutes. In the mean time preheat the oven to 180C / 375F.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or till the top has become golden brown.
Eggless Pesto Rolls with Homemade Pesto

  • The recipe is a very simple one,perfect for beginner yeast bakers.Of course,it all depends on the quality of the yeast you use.Make sure you use a fresh batch of yeast.I use Mauripan Yeast sachets.
  • The yeast granules can be directly added with the flour,but I always take the tried and tested route of proofing the yeast first and then kneading the dough.
  • Knead the dough for at least 5 minutes to develop gluten.This creates soft and fluffy rolls.
  • Every oven is different so baking times may vary.


  1. Wow Divya, the rolls look perfect. Perfect brown and perfectly rolled. Loved the pics. :)

  2. Second your feelings about baking bread! Thank God for good yeast being available easily now :)
    Basil pesto plus soft homemade rolls - heaven!!
    And yes, just go ahead and add the yeast with the flour next time :))

  3. This is a fail-proof recipe for me too.

  4. Me too had trouble with yeast monster before, now it is a good friend of mine!!!! Rolls look super inviting! !!!

  5. wow...ur step wise snaps r so helpful...will try it soon and let u knw the results :)

  6. hi divya! yes iv tried the garlic pull apart rolls too.......arnt they the best?
    ur pesto rolls look so perfect!good one!

  7. Pullapart rolls with Pesto is looking very nice. I have also made these pullapart rolls and they came very soft and excellent the 1st time itself.

  8. Even am planning to make some pesto rolls, you r pulling me now to make some soon.Well done.

  9. Delicious n yummy rolls! !! Drooling clicks!!

  10. Well I am still not confortabel till i bite in the bread to be rest assured that I have baked a delicious bread. Guess I poof before the yeast does. Bookmarking thi sone my neice will love it.

  11. Those rolls look gorgeous! Pesto is definitely on the top of my list of things I want to put in my bread next :)

  12. its a wonderful recipe....m trying today...but can i store it

  13. Hi Divya,

    Can i use active dry yeast (blue bird) instead of instant yeast. If yes, would the proportions vary?


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