Every time I go to a church potluck I bring rolls. I really enjoy making rolls and everyone loves eating them. On more then one ocasion I have been asked "These are so great! How do you make them?" Well, here you are, step by step directions on how I make rolls... to bad they don't make smell-o-Internet cause these babies are aromatherapy for the soul!!
4 1/2 to 6 cups flour
2 tablespoons yeast
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup warm water (115-120 degrees)
1 cup milk
1/4 cup butter or margarine
This is my Kitchen Aid stand mixer. A house warming gift from my mother. I don't know what I love more, my mini van or my kitchen aid (wow... did I just say that! Yep I am a mom alright!) This thing is the secret to my success. If you don't have one that is OK. The rolls will still turn out great, I promise!
With my trusty 60 hour roll (thank you Jenny!) recipe for inspiration (I kind of don't follow the instructions, I do my own thing) I am ready to get to roll making!
Add the yeast to the mixing bowl and add the water. I plug up my sink and let the hot water run till it's at max hotness and measure the hot water from the tap. (When I bake I have a sink of hot soapy water ready to toss the used utensils in. Helps with clean up.)
- Form it into balls about 3 inches in diameter and place on a cookie sheet to make hamburger buns. Cover and let rise till double, about 25 minutes. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until golden brown on top.
- Flatten it out into the shape of a rectangle and cut into smaller rectangles and place on the cookie sheet and you have hoggie or hot dog rolls. Cover and let rise till double, about 25 minutes. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until golden brown on top.
- You can make cinnamon rolls... roll the dough out into a rectangle and spread butter on it. Sprinkle cinnamon and brown sugar on over the butter. starting from the longer end roll the dough up into a log. Slice the log into 2 inch pieces, place in a 9x13 pan. Cover and let rise till double, about 25 minutes bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes. While they are baking make a glaze for them. Mix 2 cups powered sugar, 1 tsp vanilla and 1 tablespoon milk in a bowl stir to combine. Right after you take them out of the oven pour the glaze over the rolls.
- Divide the dough in half and roll out to make 2 round pizza crusts. Make sure to prick the dough so it won't get lots of bubbles. When making pizza dough you do not need to let the dough raise a second time. Add toppings and bake at 400 for 15 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. When making pizza you can forgo adding the sauce and put the topping and cheese on half of the pizza. Fold the untopped half over the topped half, crimp the edges and you have a calzone. Bake it at 375 for 25 minutes and serve with pizza sauce to dip.
- Or you can make regular dinner rolls! Of course you can make them any shape you want.
I punch it down and with my hands flatten it down to a rectangle like this...
So there you have it; amazing dinner rolls that are done in about an hour give or take. You can use the same process with making bread. Just use different ingredients and longer raising time. I swear by the whipping method. It works so well. If you think I left anything out or if you have questions please feel free to leave a comment. happy roll baking!