October 5, 2010

Dinner Rolls

I gotta say it. I love bread. Good homemade bread is as tasty a treat to me as any dessert.
This recipe I got from a friend. They are so savory! Let me know if you think you have a better roll recipe. You can also use this recipe to make cinnamon rolls, but my mom's recipe is the best! :) Freeze any extras. It's always nice to have homemade rolls on hand!

Dinner Rolls

2 Tbsp yeast
2 c hot water
1/2 c water
3/4 c sugar
1 c butter, softened, half melted
4 eggs, beaten
8 c flour
2 tsp salt

1. Combine yeast, cold and hot water and sugar; let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.
2. Mix in butter, eggs, flour and salt. Knead until smooth, adding flour until dough is sticky, but does not come off on your finger when you to touch it. (You want it moist, not too much flour.) Lightly grease large bowl with olive or vegetable oil. Turn dough over in bowl to coat both sides with oil. Cover lightly with saran wrap and let sit until double in size, about 1 hour.
3. Gently push a hole in middle of dough to deflate. Shape into rolls (about 3 oz each) and place in greased 9x13 or jelly roll pan for baking. Let rise until doubled in size, 20-30 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375. Once dough has risen, bake 15 to 20 minutes or until light golden brown on top.

Makes 3 dozen rolls.

For cinnamon rolls: Follow steps 1-3, except instead of shaping dough into balls, roll it flat on a lightly floured surface. Baste with butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Roll up like a jelly roll and slice into 1/4 to 1/2 inch sections. Place in 9x13 or jelly roll pan to rise and follow directions for baking above.

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