There is no meal so plain or so elaborate that cannot be enhanced by the addition of freshly baked homemade bread. Whether it’s a simple soup and salad lunch or a full oven rolls is guaranteed to bring exclamations of joy from the eaters. It seems to convey a sense of special care and attention that warms their hearts.
We served these beautiful, easy-to-make rolls to a retreat of ladies for lunch today and their response was absolutely overwhelming.
- This recipe is best made in a standing mixer with a dough hook.
- Dissolve the yeast in some water with a pinch of sugar and let sit for approximately 5 minutes to proof.
- Add milk, sugar, 1/2 cup melted butter, salt and eggs. Mix well.
- Add flour as needed and mix well.
- Blend at medium-low speed for about 5-10 minutes, scraping down sides of the bowl once or twice.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap; let rise in bowl about 1 hour or till doubled.
- Remove the plastic wrap and turn mixer on low to “punch down” the dough; if you wish, you can let the dough rise a second time as it makes for a more flavorful roll.
- Remove the dough from the bowl and divide into 36 rolls. The dough will be very sticky.
- Place rolls, edges just touching, in a buttered 9″x13″ or 9″ round pan.
- Cover pan with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, about 30-40 minutes.
- Brush with reserved butter before baking or an egg wash.
- Bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit convection oven or 350 degrees Fahrenheit conventional oven until golden.