Sunday, October 28, 2012

Dinner Rolls

If you have known me long, you know bread and pie crusts have been my challenge in the kitchen.  I finally found a pie crust that usually works for me, and now, as the beautiful music plays above my head, I have found a bread recipe that I can actually use to make beautiful, soft rolls!  :)  I cannot believe these things actually came from my oven.  My husband didn't even believe it; he kept saying I bought them at the store!  ;)  I cannot remember which recipe site this recipe came from.  I wrote it down a while back, and I guess I didn't think it would actually work.   I'll do an update at the bottom if I can find it again.  It certainly deserves credit!

Don't look too closely.  I forgot to put the eggs in the picture!

4 1/2 t active dry yeast
1/2 c warm water (110-115 degrees)
2 c warm milk (110-115 degrees)
6 T shortening 
2 eggs
1/4 c sugar
1 1/2 t salt
7- 7 1/2 c flour

1.  In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water.  Add the milk, shortening, eggs, sugar, salt, and 3 cups flour.  Beat until smooth.  Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.

2.  Turn onto a floured surface, knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes (dough will be very sticky).  Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top.

Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

3.  Punch dough down. 

Turn onto a lightly floured or oiled surface.

Divide into 24 pieces.

I divided each fourth into six pieces.
Shape each into a roll.  Place 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets.

Cover and let them rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.

This picture doesn't really show how much the rolls had risen.
Oh, well.  There's always next time.  :)
4.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove to wire racks. 
Yields 2 dozen

I hope you try them and let me know how they work for you.  Mine came out perfectly soft on the inside, but they weren't so great the next day.  They were a little too dry and crumbly.  I think the next time, for the rolls our family will not use right away, I will slightly under bake and freeze.

Until we meet again, may you be blessed!

*Update:  I found it!  This is the link for the recipe on the Taste of Home website.  It wasn't the original recipe of whoever posted it, either.  :)  .  Happy baking!


  1. Loved the tutorial! Looks so yummy, maybe I should come and get snowed in at YOUR house!

  2. Lol! Thank you, but you would have a hard time getting snowed in here. You would be more likely to get iced in, but we can pretend can't we? :) You need a winter getaway, right? Just call and let me know when you're coming! :)

  3. LOVE your pics!! Very tempting to a lady on a trial gluten free diet with her 1yr old nurser!! :P ;)

    The recipe looks easy enough to reduce by half... or! 'Flash Freeze' the rolls after you have them rolled out... after they are frozen, place in a zippy bag in the freezer... then you can pull out just what your family needs & leave them on the counter to thaw & rise before baking... FRESH rolls! :D

  4. Thank you, Blessed Mama! I didn't know how to do that before! I'm sorry I'm tempting you with something you can't have for now. :)

    1. No prob! I broke down & made the rest of the family homemade biscuits to go along with our soup today... I held strong and didn't even nibble!! :D

    2. Oh, man! That would be tough for me! :)

    3. Today, I bought a small box of GF Bisquick... This Mama needs a waffle tomorrow!! :D
      I also bought a GF brownie mix since we have a birthday in the house while we are on this trial diet!!

    4. Aw! I hope it all turns out for you!

    5. I made GF Pumpkin Waffles... they rocked! The other kids kepy asking for waffles even though they had pumpkin muffins! :)
      Now, Let's hope the GF brownies are just as good! ;)
      And little Seth has been teething... He's now 15.5 months with 16 teeth!