Saturday, April 26, 2008
Bolillos, Birotes, and Teleras are three types of rolls to be found in Mexico. Of the three, only the Bolillos and Teleras are common in La Paz.
The bolillo is the oval shaped sandwich roll with a light crust and soft interior, similar to french or italian bread. Birotes, similarly shaped, usually are found on the mainland. I am told that the birotes one finds here are brought over on the morning ferry. The Telera roll is rounder and flatter with two creases running lengthwise across the bread.
The birote is made with a sourdough starter, giving a thicker crust than bolillos and a light sourdough tang. Sourdough style breads are known as pan salado.
Telera rolls have the softest crust and one might see them streaked with a bit of flour, due to their higher water content requiring the baker to flour the table before forming rolls to keep them from sticking.
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- The Bread Guy
- La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
- Before gaining control of my life, I created pastries for some cool places in California: San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, Brix Restaurant in Napa and The Lodge in Sonoma. Now I am the chef/owner of Pan D' Les bakery in La Paz. My personal favorite is the Multigrano loaf, full of crunchy seeds and a nice chewy crust.