Thursday, November 21, 2013

Simple Yeast Rolls

 Rolls are so easy to go buy at the store and so for a busy holiday meal many people resort to the store bought variety.  But there is something so spectacular and special about homemade rolls.  When we gather with family and friends and there is all that love there, I think there should be some extra love in the form of homemade rolls.  As a dear friend told me yesterday, carbs are love.   

 These rolls are super easy to make and are fool-proof– I have made them dozens of times with fantastic results each and every time.  Maybe I won't convince you to add homemade rolls to your already busy Thanksgiving schedule but I hope I do.  They make a holiday meal so much more special and memorable.  

Simple Yeast Rolls

Yield- 2 dozen

1/3 cup sugar
3 Tbsp yeast
1 1/4 cups warm water
1/2 cup oil
2 beaten eggs
1 1/2 tsp salt
5 1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup butter, melted

In a large bowl combine sugar, yeast, water and oil and whisk well.  Cover the bowl and leave in a warm place for about 15 minutes to proof the yeast.  Whisk in the beaten eggs and salt.  With a wooden spoon mix in the flour 1 cup at a time until you have a soft dough, I often dig in with clean hands with the 4th cup and start to knead it in.  Knead for 5-8 minutes, until dough is elastic feeling (can stretch it without breaking)  You may need a little more flour or you may need less. Cover and let rise until doubled.  Punch the dough down.

Melt butter in a small bowl.  Brush some of the butter on a half sheet sized jelly roll pan.  Turn dough out onto a floured surface.  Roll the dough into balls about the size of a doughnut hole.  Place the dough balls about 1/2 inch apart on the greased pan.  Cover with a light cloth and let rise until they have doubled.  Preheat oven to 400 and bake for 10 minutes or until the tops of the rolls are starting to brown slightly.  Remove from oven and brush with the remaining butter.  Return to the oven until the rolls are golden brown.  Remove, let cool slightly, and serve.

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