Friday, December 3, 2010

0 World's Best Dinner Rolls

Picture and recipe by Our Best Bites

Look at these rolls . . . flaky, delicious, melt in your mouth. . . and another delectable recipe from Our Best Bites!
Let me say this up front, I have not mastered yeast yet. Whenever I make anything with yeast it turns out too thick (still good, especially if covered in Honey Butter, but very thick!)
So, I will continue in my quest for the ability to make flaky, light rolls . . . BUT if you HAVE mastered the art of yeast, then here is a wonderful recipe! (and if not, the only way to get better is to practice!)

World's Best Dinner Rolls 
2 c. whole milk
½ c. + 1 Tbsp. sugar, divided
1/3 c. (5 1/3 Tbsp.) butter
2 tsp. Kosher salt
2 pkgs. active dry yeast (or 4 1/2 tsp.), preferably bread machine yeast
2/3 c. warm (105-115-degree) water
8-9 c. all-purpose flour
3 beaten eggs
Combine milk, 1/2 c. sugar, butter, and salt in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat until butter melts.
Remove from heat. Allow to cool to lukewarm. This step is really important because if the mixture is too hot, it will kill the yeast
While the milk mixture is cooling, dissolve the yeast and 1 Tbsp. sugar in warm water. Let stand about 10 minutes. If the yeast hasn't bubbled, you'll need to repeat this step
In a large mixing bowl, combine 3 c. flour and milk mixture. Beat on low for 30 seconds, scraping sides of bowl constantly. Add yeast mixture and beat on high for 3 minutes.
Add beaten eggs. 
Stir in as much remaining flour as needed to make a soft dough. This dough should be very soft--it will be coming away from the sides of the bowl, but it will still stick to your finger when you touch it. Don't worry, it will firm up during the rising process. Part of what makes these rolls so good is that they're so soft and light; if you add too much flour, they will be heavy and dense. Place the bowl in a warm place and cover with a clean towel; allow to rise 1 hour
Punch down dough. Lightly flour your work surface and turn dough out onto surface. Divide in half.
Spray 2 9x13 glass pans with cooking spray. Roll first portion of dough into a rectangle and then cut it into 12 equal-sized pieces. This dough should be very easy to work with, almost like play dough. Shape each piece into a ball and place in prepared pan. Repeat with remaining dough in the second pan Cover with a clean cloth and allow to rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes. When dough has about 15-20 minutes to go (depending on your oven), preheat oven to 375
Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown
When done, remove from oven. Rub a stick of cold butter over the tops of the rolls.
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