Tuesday, October 6, 2015

mmmmm, homemade dinner rolls (in a bread-maker or by hand)

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carbs are my nemesis. truly. i love them and hate them at the same time. i love how they taste. i hate how little control i have around them. it is because of recipes such as this that i will never be skinny. truly. these are so, so good. i could eat the entire pan out of the oven. this is the perfect side to a holiday dinner, a soup night or just for no reason at all. you'll want to make a few pans of it. if you have a bread maker, this is even easier. you will not be able to stop yourself.



homemade dinner rolls


ingredients: 


3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
1 egg, beaten
1 package active dry yeast (or 1 tablespoon)



in the bread maker:


dump in all the ingredients. put the bread maker on the "dough" setting. as the cycle starts, make sure all the ingredients get mixed into the dough. you may need to scrape the sides of the bread maker with a spatula to get it all integrated. wait for the cycle to complete. once the bread maker cycle is finished, punch the dough down in the bread maker. 



in a bowl:


mix all of the ingredients in a bowl with a spoon. transfer the dough to a well floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes. place kneaded dough in a greased bowl and cover with a towel. allow to rise in a warm, dry place for about 1-2 hours. i like to turn my oven on 200 degrees, allow to warm up and then turn it off. i will then place the bowl with bread in the turned off but still warm oven. once it has had a chance to rise to double, punch down dough. 

baking directions for both methods: 


allow to rest and rise for 10 minutes more. divide the bread into 24 small balls. i like to manipulate the dough by pushing up from the middle bottom of each ball to give the rolls a smooth appearance. place the dough balls in a greased 9 x 13 pan. cover and allow to rest until doubled in size. i usually give it another hour of rising time.

bake at 375 degrees for 15-18 minutes, until golden brown. top the rolls with melted butter using a pastry brush. serve warm and try not to eat the whole tray yourself!