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Mexican Telera rolls aka Mexican breads have a slightly sweet flavor and a soft, fluffy texture. They are the perfect size to make any Mexican sandwiches or serve them on the side with your favorite entrees. Making this telera bread recipe will make any meal memorable!

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What is a Telera Roll? 

Telera rolls are a traditional Mexican baked good. They are perfect for making Mexican sandwiches, like Mexican torta. 

Some people may refer to it as Mexican bread or Mexican telera bread. It has a slightly sweet flavor and soft texture. 

It goes great with soups, like sopa de fideo or sopa de lentejas.

These rolls make the perfect companion to just about any meal so you can easily find an excuse to make them tonight!

Telera Roll /bread recipe

Ingredients needed for Telera Bread

When you make telera bread, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • All-purpose flour - You could substitute with all-purpose wheat flour, but it may change the ratios and texture a bit.
  • Salt - You can use sea salt, kosher, or table salt.
  • Dry active yeast - You can use yeast found in packets or buy it in bulk.
  • Warm water - This is to help proof the yeast.
  • Softened unsalted butter - You could replace the butter with oil if you want to make it vegan.
  • Sugar - You just need a few tablespoons of granulated sugar.
  • Small amount of oil to grease the bowl.

Step by Step Instructions - How to make Mexican Telera bread at home

There are several steps involved in making Mexican telera bread at home. Here’s how it breaks down.

Telera Roll /bread recipe

Making the dough

  1. First, add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl of your stand mixer and then add the hot tap water and butter.
  2. Next, attach the dough hook to the stand mixer and knead the dough for at least 8 to 10 minutes on low until you get a soft ball.
Telera Roll /bread recipe

Proofing the dough

  1. Once a ball forms, you can proof the sticky dough in the Instant Pot.
  2. Next, place the lid on top and press the yogurt button. Leave the dough in the pot for 60 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
  3. When your dough has doubled in size, gently punch it down to deflate the dow. 
  4. Next, dust a flat surface with a little flour and knead the dough on the floured surface with your hands for a few minutes.
Telera Roll /bread recipe

Shaping the dough

  1. Next, form dough into a flat circle and cut it into 6 equal portions. Roll each piece into a ball, lightly coat each in flour, and then cover with a towel.
  2. When covered, use a rolling pin or your hand to stretch out the dough towards the ends just a bit; this should form a slightly oval shape that is about 5 to 6 inches long. 
  3. Repeat the process with the remaining dough. 
  4. Next, place the shaped dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Make the Indentations & Let it Rest:

  1. Next, use a wooden spoon handle or chopsticks to press two deep marks on the long part of the dough. The marks should reach all the way to the bottom without cutting through but visually dividing it into three long sections. 
  2. Repeat this process twice to achieve the Telera rolls shape with three divisions on all the rolls.
  3. Finally, brush a little oil on top of the roll and cover with a kitchen towel and let them rest until doubled in volume, which will take about 30 minutes.
Telera Roll /bread recipe

Bake the Bread

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 °F. 
  2. Next, brush the tops with water and put them on the middle oven rack and then bake the telera rolls for 15 to 18 minutes or until the internal temperature of the bread reaches 190 °F. 
  3. When the Telera is done, remove them from the baking sheet to cool on a wire rack.
  4. Once slightly cooled, cut the roll and spread some whipped honey butter or butter and sugar on top.
Telera Roll /bread recipe

Pro tips and tricks

When you want to make Mexican telera, you should follow these easy tips and tricks:

  • Use warm water to help proof the yeast
  • Let the bread cool after baking before serving
  • Do not add more sugar than the recipe calls for as it can cause the dough to clump together
  • Use a chopstick to help shape the telera rolls
Telera Roll /bread recipe

FAQs

How to serve

A smear of honey butter takes the recipe to the next level! You can also serve it as a bun for your favorite Mexican sandwiches. It also makes a great side roll for Mexican or other dinners. 

How to store and reheat

To store, allow the telera rolls to cool completely and then either place in an airtight container or sealable baggies. It should stay fresh for a few days on the counter. You can then reheat the rolls in a warm oven for a few minutes.
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Can you freeze telera?

Yes, you can freeze telera. To freeze, allow them to cool completely and then place them in a freezer safe bag and seal it. They should stay fresh for up to 3 months.

What is the difference between Bolillo and Telera?

Telera rolls are a bit softer than Bolillo bread and have a hint of sweetness due to the sugar. The traditional shapes of the breads also differ. People often use telera to make Mexican tortas or sandwiches.
Telera Roll /bread recipe

Can I make the telera bread vegan?

Mexican telera bread contains butter, but you could substitute it with your favorite oil to make it vegan.

Can I proof the dough in the Instant Pot?

Yes! You can use your Instant Pot to proof yeast if you have the yogurt setting. All you need to do is set it to low on the yogurt setting.

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Telera Roll /bread recipe

Mexican Telera Bread Rolls

Mexican Telera rolls aka Mexican breads have a slightly sweet flavor and a soft, fluffy texture. They are the perfect size to make any Mexican sandwiches or serve them on the side with your favorite entrees.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons dry active yeast
  • 1-1/4 cups warm water
  • 11/2 tablespoons softened unsalted butter
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • A little bit of oil to grease bowl

Instructions

Making the dough

  • First, add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl of your stand mixer and then add the hot tap water and butter.
  • Next, attach the dough hook to the stand mixer and knead the dough for at least 8 to 10 minutes on low until you get a soft ball.

Proofing the dough

  • Once a ball forms, you can proof the sticky dough in the Instant Pot.
  • Next, place the lid on top and press the yogurt button. Leave the dough in the pot for 60 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
  • When your dough has doubled in size, gently punch it down to deflate the dow. 
  • Next, dust a flat surface with a little flour and knead the dough on the floured surface with your hands for a few minutes

Shaping the dough

  • Next, form dough into a flat circle and cut it into 6 equal portions. Roll each piece into a ball, lightly coat each in flour, and then cover with a towel.
  • When covered, use a rolling pin or your hand to stretch out the dough towards the ends just a bit; this should form a slightly oval shape that is about 5 to 6 inches long. 
  • Repeat the process with the remaining dough. 
  • Next, place the shaped dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Make the Indentations & Let it Rest:

  • Next, use a wooden spoon handle or chopsticks to press two deep marks on the long part of the dough. The marks should reach all the way to the bottom without cutting through but visually dividing it into three long sections. 
  • Repeat this process twice to achieve the Telera rolls shape with three divisions on all the rolls.
  • Finally, brush a little oil on top of the roll and cover with a kitchen towel and let them rest until doubled in volume, which will take about 30 minutes.

Bake the Bread

  • Preheat your oven to 400 °F. 
  • Next, brush the tops with water and put them on the middle oven rack and then bake the telera rolls for 15 to 18 minutes or until the internal temperature of the bread reaches 190 °F. 
  • When the Telera is done, remove them from the baking sheet to cool on a wire rack.
  • Once slightly cooled, cut the roll and spread some whipped honey butter or butter and sugar on top.

Notes

When you want to make Mexican telera, you should follow these easy tips and tricks:

  • Use warm water to help proof the yeast
  • Let the bread cool after baking before serving
  • Do not add more sugar than the recipe calls for as it can cause the dough to clump together
  • Use a chopstick to help shape the telera rolls

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Nina

Tuesday 15th of November 2022

I tried it for the first time and they turned out super amazing! Can't wait to make them again.

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