Sunday, October 18, 2015

Versatile Dinner Rolls

I love this roll recipe.  You can customize the dough to your taste references by adding herbs, spices, cheeses, dried fruits, or leave them plain for a perfectly light and golden dinner roll that is the perfect compliment to your meal.

They come together quickly, and you will find yourself snacking on them all week.  We used ours for sandwiches the day after, and they were just as delicious the next day as they were the day they were made.

We made a big batch, and did 1/3 plain, 1/3 herb and Parmesan, and 1/3 cheddar, but the possibilities are positively endless!















Versatile Dinner Rolls

Ingredients:

1 1/2 c. warm water (110 degrees or so)
1 Tbs plus 3/4 tsp yeast
1/2 Tbs sugar
2 Tbs butter (melted and cooled)
2 Tbs milk
1 egg (beaten)
1 1/2 tsp salt
5 c. flour
1/3 c. sugar
2 Tbs shortening

Directions:

Place the water, yeast and sugar in a medium bowl and let sit for 3-5 minutes.  Add the cooled butter, milk, egg and salt to the yeast mixture and stir until combined.

In a separate, large bowl, combine the flour, sugar and shortening.  Mix in the shortening with your fingers until there are no large clumps.  Add the liquid to the flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until combined.

Knead the dough for 2 minutes until the dough comes together to form a large ball.  Cover the dough and place in a warm area for it to rise (I use the oven, heated to the lowest setting, then turned off...the dough will rise in about 20 minutes this way).  Once doubled in size, punch down the dough and knead it for an additional 2 minutes (additional flour may be needed if the dough is sticky).

Preheat oven to 400.  Spray your baking sheets with cooking spray.  Tear off 2-inch pieces of dough, and form balls by turning the dough "inside-out" from the middle, and sealing on the other side.  Place sealed side down on your baking sheet about an inch apart.  Allow the dough to rise for about 15 minutes before baking.

Brush rolls with melted butter, and bake for 12-14 minutes or until tops are golden.

Enjoy!

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