Thursday, July 19, 2012

Simple Dinner Rolls

It was challenge week for myself. The challenge? Baking with yeast. I have always been afraid of yeast, unless using it in my bread maker. I thought it was time to step up and give it a shot. I have seen so many yummy breads on my favorite blogs recently, that I really want to be able to try these and not be so panic stricken. I always end up walking away from the recipe, afraid to try them.

I dug through all my cook books and finally decided on a recipe. They turned out amazing!! This is a very forgiving recipe, as I know that I made several mistakes that would have ruined other recipes. The second time I made them (yes, twice in one week) I followed the directions exactly, and they were even better! They are light and fluffy, and fool proof! Truckin' Man loved them even more than I did. We both love our bread's so much, there is a whole new world of baking for us to enjoy with me no longer fearing yeast!

If you are new to baking with yeast, have no fear! Try this and it will help you conquer your fears! The other bonus of this recipe??? No kneading!

Simple Dinner Rolls

1 pkg. yeast
2 T. sugar
1/4 c. lukewarm water
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 c. sugar
1 c. water
1 t. salt
1/4 c. shortening, melted
4 c. flour
Butter (optional)

Dissolve yeast and 2 tablespoons sugar in the 1/4 cup of lukewarm water.

In large bowl add eggs, 1/4 c. sugar, 1 c. water, salt, melted shortening, and flour. Add yeast mixture. 

Mix until all are combined. (I used the dough hook on my KitchenAid for this step.) 
When everything is well mixed, cover bowl with a towel, and let dough rise until double in size.

Once dough is doubled, shape pieces of dough into rolls or buns. This is a very sticky dough, so I had my work area well floured.
Place rolls onto baking pan dusted with cornmeal.  I spaced them about 2" apart. Cover again with towel, and let rise until double.

Bake at 400 degrees for 7-15 minutes. The baking time will vary depending on the size you make them.  When removing from oven, brush tops immediately with a little bit of butter.

Sharing this recipe at:
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  1. Love making rolls and breads, these rolls look fantastic! Pinned and I'm featuring you on Thursday's Treasures tomorrow! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Joan!! Your recipe for the Quick Yeast Rolls was one the recipes that helped inspire me into finally venturing into baking bread!

  2. They look so light and fluffy! Definitely going to have to try this recipe!
    Thanks for linking up with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop, I hope to see you back again Monday!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  3. Dinner rolls are so delicious! :) We need to make them again also. I am now following you on Google Friends Connect, Pinterest and Google+

  4. Yes please - I'll take 3 for starters! Warm from the oven...slathered with butter...who could resist??? Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck!! Hope you have a great week ahead.

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    1. They would most likely stick. I would use semolina flour if you have it, otherwise parchment paper would be my only other thought. I have not tried either of these ideas though. Good luck!

  7. Can this recipe be made in the dough cycle of a bread machine?
    Thanks, Patty