Monday, October 11, 2010

Basic Sweet Rolls

This is another of my favorite roll recipes. This one you don't need to let the dough sit in the fridge, so it can easily be made in one afternoon. I use it for dinner rolls, but I've made cinnamon rolls and bear claws with it. It makes 2 dozen dinner rolls, but can easily be doubled if necessary, for a crowd. You can make into whatever shape of dinner roll you want--see my feather roll recipe for ideas! Also if you divide into 24 pieces and roll into balls and put in a greased pan you could make regular pan rolls. I made mine into crescent rolls, so I will post those instructions here.

Basic Sweet Rolls

In a small saucepan, heat 1 cup of milk hot enough to melt 1/4 cup butter. Add 1/4 cup sugar and let cool. (for faster cooling set pan in a sink that has been filled with a little cold water)
While milk is cooling, dissolve one package of yeast in a 1/4 cup luke warm water (just warm on your wrist, too hot of water will kill the yeast) Add 1/2 Tablespoon sugar to the yeast, stir to combine. Let yeast mixture rest for about 5 to 10 minutes or until it starts to bubble on the top.
Add 1 egg to the milk mixture when it's cool, whisk to combine.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, add 3 cups of flour and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Pour in the milk mixture and the yeast mixture. Mix on medium speed in your mixer for about 3 minutes. Add 1 more cup of flour slowly until you have a sticky, elastic dough. (you may not need the whole cup, you will add more flour when you roll out the dough, let dough be sticky)
Place dough in a large lightly oiled bowl, turn the dough over so it has oil on the top, cover and let raise for about an hour or until double in size.
When ready to make into rolls, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Punch down dough, and divide into two pieces. On generously floured surface, roll out one piece of dough into a circle about 1/2 inch thick. Spread with butter, and cut into 12 pieces like you would a pizza.

Start rolling up into a crescent from the larger end and roll to the point. Place on greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until lightly golden brown on top. Remove from oven and brush the tops of rolls with butter. Serve immediately. Bet ya can't eat just one!!

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