By Gourmet Nun
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.
Very Best Dinner Rolls
4 teaspoons dry yeast
2 1/2 cups warm milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 teaspoon salt
7 cups flour
1/4-1/2 cups butter (reserved)
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.