Thursday, April 9, 2015

Sky-High Dinner Rolls!!

Mmmmmmm.......All I can say is "Mmmmmmm" .......We had a young couple over for dinner last night to do some pre-wedding discussion with them -my hubby is marrying them later this month. Though my plans for the meal weren't  fancy, I was in the mood to try a new dinner roll. I had filed this dinner roll recipe in my "to-try" file, so last night was the night. There were a thousand other things happening yesterday, so I raced in the house at 4pm, knowing everyone was arriving at 6 for dinner. First thing on the list was mixing up the rolls, then everything else followed. By 6, the house was tidy, the table was set and I was pulling the meal, including the rolls ,out of the oven. If I might say so myself, these rolls were fabulous - soft and beautiful and sky-high! What I also found is that they were just as tender and tasty on Day 2, when I enjoyed this egg salad sandwich on these rolls (leftover eggs from our Easter celebrations, you know!). If you'd like to try a simple, beautiful and tasty roll recipe, this is it!

Sky-High Dinner Rolls

1 pkg/Tbsp. Red Star Platinum yeast
1 cup warmed milk
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 egg, beaten
2 Tbsp. vegetable shortening
2 ½-3 Cups all-purpose flour
Melted butter for tops of rolls

Place warm milk and yeast in EZ DOH bucket and stir to dissolve yeast. Let rest 1 minute. Add one cup of flour, then additional dough ingredients, adding flour as needed to produce a silky dough.  EZ DOH-it for 2-3 minutes, or until dough is smooth and soft and all ingredients are incorporated. Remove dough from bucket, spray bucket with cooking spray, “smooth” dough and replace in bucket. Cover and let rise until doubled. *

Punch dough down and divide the dough into 12 equal balls, pulling the dough to give each “ball” a smooth top. Place rolls in a 9” round baking pan, or singly on a baking sheet or in greased muffin tins. Cover with a dish towel and let rise. Brush the risen rolls gently with melted butter before placing in a 350 oven. Bake for 20- 30 minutes or until rolls are golden. Brush rolls again with melted butter. Remove from pan and let cool slightly on a wire rack. Enjoy warm or cooled!

*A note about rising the dough: If I'm in a hurry, I'll often heat a cup of water in my microwave for one minute to warm up the environment there....then I'll place the covered dough in the microwave. It loves how cozy it is and usually rises rapidly (Thanks, too, to the wonderful Red Star Platinum yeast). The microwave acts as a "proofing box" for the dough!

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