Monday, April 30, 2012

Melt in Your Mouth Dinner Rolls

If there is one thing the women in my family know how to make, it’s bread, especially rolls. They are the one thing I get asked to ALWAYS bring, which is fine with me because they use basic ingredients that I always have on hand, which means I don’t have to make an extra trip to the grocery store!!!
And c’mon who doesn’t love having hot, yummy rolls with dinner?
Dinner rolls 1

Today I’m going to show you just how easy it is to make these delicious dinner rolls!
I’ve made this printable recipe card
for you. Click on the picture or HERE to download.
Dinner rolls recipe card
I recommend using some sort of mixer like a Bosch or KitchenAid. Personally, I have a Bosch and LOVE it!
I like to tilt my mixing bowl for this first step. If you don’t want to, use a small side bowl instead.
Tilted-mixer
Step 1: Pour 1/2 cup warm water in your bowl. How warm do you ask? I like to think of the temperature I would use for a baby bath. Sprinkle 1 active-dry yeast cake (2 1/4 tsp) over the water, as well as 1 tsp of sugar.
Yeast-water-and-sugar
One of the most important things in making bread is letting the yeast proof. Let the yeast mixture sit for about 5-10 minutes until bubbly. If it looks like this below, you have now activated the yeast and it is proofed.
Yeast-proofed
Step 2: While the yeast is proofing, melt 1/2 cup butter (margarine is ok as well) in the microwave. Add enough water until you have 2 1/2 cups.
Melted-margarine-and-water
Step 3: If you tilted your mixing bowl, level it out now on your mixer. If you used a small side bowl, dump the yeast mixture into your large mixing bowl. Pour butter/water mixture into yeast mixture as well as 2 well-beaten eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp salt, and 2 1/2 cups flour.
Ingredients
Mix together, scraping bowl as needed.
Scrape-sides
Step 4: Once combined, change out the beater attachment for the kneading hook attachment.
Kneading-attachment
Add 1/2 cup of flour at a time. Mixing and scraping each time. You’ll probably be adding around 3 1/2 – 4 1/2 cups more of flour, but it’s best to gradually add it so you get the right consistency of dough. You’ll know if you need to keep adding flour if it’s sticky like this.
Sticky-dough
You want the finished dough to be slightly sticky, but when you touch it, you shouldn’t be able to pull any dough away.
Slightly-sticky
Stickier dough means lighter, fluffier rolls. If your dough is stiff and firm, there’s too much flour and will have heavier rolls. Just add a little more water to get it sticky again. Basically you want it as sticky as you can without the dough actually sticking to your hands.

Once you have the dough to this consistency, turn on your mixer and let the dough knead for about 5 minutes.

Step 5: Place dough on lightly greased counter and cover with a light cloth/towel. Let rise for about 1 hour or until double in size. Go fold some laundry and clean up around the house….wait, is that just me?
Risen-dough
Step 6: Shape rolls. I like to shape mine in crescents. Divide dough in two. Take one half and roll it out on a lightly greased counter into a circle. Using a pizza cutter, slice into wedges. Usually I slice one circle into 12 wedges, but when I was making this batch of rolls it was for a big family dinner and I needed more, so I sliced each circle into 16 wedges.
Cut-dough-with-pizza-cutter
If you see the dough pulling apart from each other as you are slicing, then you know you have a good, pliable dough and are going to have light and fluffy rolls.

Starting at the wide part of each wedge, roll the dough up and pinch the end into the roll.
crescent-shaped-roll
Repeat with all your wedges, then for the other half of the dough.
Shape-rolls
Step 7: Cover and let rise for about an hour or until double in size. Go do some more laundry and cleaning…

Step 8: Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden.
Step 9: Remove from oven and butter the tops.
Dinner rolls
Mmmmm…now that your house smells divine, break open one of those succulent rolls and watch the steam escape.
Then go ahead and bite into a light and fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth dinner roll!
Light-and-fluffy
These are a crowd pleaser for sure. Bring them to your next gathering, and you’ll be everyone’s favorite person there!
Angled-rolls
Enjoy!
Tam

8 comments:

  1. Mmmm... these look great! I have and love a Bosch too! My mom had one while I was growing up, and then my mother-in-law gave me one as a wedding shower gift. It may not be as trendy as others, but is sure is an amazing machine!

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  2. Thanks for sharing your recipe, I'm excited to try it! :)

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  3. these are good rolls. I have made some similar to these and I get asked to bring them to Sunday dinner A LOT. I will have to try yours next and see which ones I like more.

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  4. I have one, too, but have kept it as a backup to my kitchenaid. Makes me want to get it out and figure out all the parts.

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  5. I love my Kitchenaid for dough making. I'm going to make these rolls soon. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  6. Just wanted to let you know that I made your rolls today for dinner and my family LOVED them! They all agreed that they truly do melt in your mouth. :) Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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  7. How many rolls does your recipe make?

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  8. These rolls are AMAZING!!!! Thank you for sharing the recipe. I am on my second batch for the day. :)

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