Sunday, September 20, 2009

1-Hour Dinner Rolls

I found this recipe here and with a few minor adaptations, made some scrumptious and EASY dinner rolls that actually turned out (yay!). Pair with homemade jam and butter...YUMMY!

Perfect Dinner Rolls
Adapted from My Kitchen Cafe

1 1/2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon instant yeast
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
4 cups all-purpose flour, lightly spooned into measuring cup, then leveled off

In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together warm water, yeast, and sugar. Let stand about 5 minutes.

Add the oil, salt, and 2 cups of the flour to the yeast mixture, then mix on low speed with the paddle attachment incorporate the flour to create a wet, sticky mixture. Still on low speed, add 1 cup of the remaining flour and incorporate. Switch to the dough hook and add the remaining 1 cup flour. On low speed, mix the dough to incorporate the final addition of flour until the dough has pulled away from the sides of the bowl. Turn the speed to medium and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl and place the dough in the bowl - turn to coat. Cover the bowl with a cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 20 -30 minutes.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently deflate into a rectangle. Cut width-wise into 6 equal strips of dough. Then cut each strip of dough into fourths by cutting length-wise to make 24 little squares of dough. Take each piece of dough and ball it (I fold the insides into the bottom over and over so that it's smooth on the top and in a perfect little ball--I like to call it "mom" style, that's how she taught us!)

Place each ball of into a lightly greased 9x13 baking pan in rows of 4 (I used a cookie sheet). Cover the rolls in the pan and let rise to double while your oven is preheating to 400 degrees F - about 20 minutes. If you want an even more golden color to the rolls, brush them with a little melted butter before baking. Bake for 13-15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown. Serve warm and enjoy!

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