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bolillo

Pronunciation: [boh-LEE-yoh]

Shaped like a football and about 6 inches long, a bolillo is a Mexican roll made from dough similar to that for a French baguette. Bolillos have crisp brown crusts and light, chewy interiors and are most often used to make tortas—Mexican sandwiches. A telera is very similar but scored to divide it into three sections.