Friday, November 19, 2010

Here's my famous dinner roll recipe that many people have requested -

Basic Roll Dough
This recipe will make about 12-14 rolls.

3 ½ cups flour
1 package yeast
1 ¼ cups milk (I use water)
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup shortening (I use butter or margarine)
1 t salt
1 egg

Mix all of the dry ingredients together. Heat the liquids till about 115-120 degrees. If you don’ have a thermometer, heat the liquids till you can put your finger in the pan and it hurts a bit to keep it in the hot mixture. Add the liquids to the dry mixture and mix, add the egg and mix for about 3 minutes. Pat the dough out on a floured surface and cut them out, a thin edged glass dipped in flour works just fine. Bake for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees. The secret is not to overcook the rolls; you want them just beginning to brown on the bottoms, and the tops will hardly looked cooked. As soon as they are out of the oven, rub the tops with a stick of butter so that they stay soft after they cool.

Cinnamon rolls– double the sugar and after you pat out the dough on the board, pour on melted butter, sprinkle generously with cinnamon and sugar. Then roll the dough into a long log. Take several pieces of thread and tie them together at each end, put it under the log, cross the pieces on top and pull hard to cut thru and make a spiral roll. Make the glaze with powdered sugar, vanilla, melted butter and a little water. Yum.

Whole wheat rolls, use all whole wheat flour and honey instead of sugar.

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