I say, there’s nothing quite like the smell of fresh, piping-hot dinner rolls, straight out of the oven. It truly takes the cake, wouldn’t you agree? Anyway, enough beating around the bush: here’s the story of one such culinary escapade of mine.
So, it all started on a lazy Sunday afternoon, you know, one of those rare, serene days you get! Barefoot in the kitchen, Katy Perry blaring from my speakers, I rolled up my sleeves, ready to make some dough.
Now, in most circles, making bread is considered a Herculean task. Not to put a damper on things, but it can be a bit of a mixed bag if you don’t know what you’re doing. So, to keep it simple, I started with the basics – flour, yeast, sugar, salt, and a bit of lukewarm water. Kneading it just right is the real secret – don’t go overboard or else you’ll have a tough time later, if you know what I mean.
Next, it’s time to prove the dough – a bit like teenagers proving they’re ready for an allowance increase, only a lot less stressful. Heck, making homemade dinner rolls should be a walk in the park, but sometimes it’s like herding cats!
Once the dough has puffed up nicely, thanks to our friendly yeast, it’s time to shape it. A few gentle turns and folds, also known as techne-bread-pulls, and voilà, our rolls are en route to the oven.
Finally, when those golden-brown beauties prance out from the fiery depths of the oven, the satisfaction is untold. Like kids making their parents proud, they fill the air with a delightful aroma. Make no bones about it, friends – this is the magic of homemade dinner rolls!
Well, folks, there you have it. Be it as soft as a feather or as rich as a queen, each roll is a piece in the puzzle of this splendid banquet called life. Until next time, keep your dough rolling and your soul stirring!
- Gather all the necessary ingredients: 1 package of active dry yeast, ¼ cup of white sugar, ¾ cup of warm water, 2 ½ cups of bread flour, 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 egg.
- Dissolve yeast and sugar in the warm water in a large mixing bowl and let stand about 10 minutes, until the mixture is frothy.
- Stir salt, egg, and melted butter into the yeast mixture.
- Gradually mix in the flour to form a soft dough. Keep mixing until it pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
- On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until it’s smooth and elastic, this should take about 8 minutes.
- Oil a large bowl, place the dough in it, and then turn to coat the dough in oil.
- Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and leave it in a warm place for about 1 hour, or until the dough has doubled in size.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C)
- When the dough is ready, punch it down and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface.
- Divide it into equal 12 parts, form them into rounds and place them into a greased 9-inch round baking dish.
- Cover the dish with a damp cloth and leave it to rise for about 20-25 minutes, until they are puffy and take the shape of the dish.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Serve warm with butter and enjoy!
That was fresh!