Friday, November 19, 2010

Divine dinner rolls

I received this recipe from a nice woman at a family member's funeral.  I hadn't attempted homemade bread of any kind and was skeptical I could get them to turn out without a mixer.  Gladly I was wrong!  These are so's what you need and how to do it:

1 cup water
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup cold water
2 (.25-ounce) packages yeast
1/2 cup warm water
4 eggs, beaten
7 1/2 cups flour
Butter for spreading on dough

How to...
In a 6-quart pan bring 1 cup water to a boil. 
Add 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, sugar and salt.  Remove from heat.  Add one cup cold water.
Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water (NOT HOT!)
When first mixture is luke-warm, add yeast mixture and beaten eggs.  Stir briefly.
Add flour and stir together. 
Cover pan with lid and refrigerate overnight.

This is what it will look like in the morning
When ready to roll out, divide dough in thirds.
Lightly flour surface of bread board (or counter!).  You may need to add a little bit more flour to the dough here if it's too sticky.  Don't add too much or it will dry it out!
Roll each third out in a large circle about 1/2-inch thick (mine are always thinner!)

Spread dough lightly with butter.  Cut dough into wedges. (I get 16 out of each rolled out dough ball).  This works best with a round pizza cutter.

Roll each section up, beginning at the wide end to form a crescent shape.  Place on four greased baking sheets (about 12 rolls per sheet).  I must admit mine are never exactly the same size, but they all end up tasting the same in the end :)  Cover with saran wrap (sprayed with cooking spray) and let rise about 4 hours.  Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes.  (With my oven its 375 for 11 minutes.  Watch the first few batches to get the right time and temp).

Yields 3-4 dozen rolls depending on how big you make them.  We like them a little bit smaller because they end up a little bit denser.

I've been designated "roll maker" at Sunday dinner and now Thanksgiving dinner.  If you're not wanting that title, don't bring these to the table :) 

I hope everyone has an enjoyable, relaxing Thanksgiving week with their families...oh and I can't WAIT for Christmas!!!  We have lots of fun things to share.

1 comment:

  1. I'm not sure which one of you ladies put this recipe up, but since you posted it, I've made it FOUR times for all my holiday dinners! They are spectacular, thank you for sharing!