My father makes the most delicious dinner rolls for Thanksgiving.  Many a-time I have asked him for the recipe, but he has simply smiled a devious, non-helpful smile and claimed they are a secret.

Fortunately, I’ve grown old enough to understand that “secret” is dad-ish for I have no idea, I find a different recipe every year.  And yet, somehow, they always come out just the same, perfectly delicious, sweet, and yummy.  I’m not the type of girl who even puts butter on her dinner rolls, because I’ve gotten so spoiled by delicious, flavorful ones that don’t require a flavor boost.

My family may not have had much, but growing up was always tasty.

This recipe is similar to my dad’s – they’re a little denser, but they are very soft all around.  I’ve been bringing them to work for lunch instead of a sandwich, and I have no regrets!

Homemade Soft Rolls

You’ll Need:

1/2 c. warm water
1/2 c. warm milk
1 egg
1/3 c. butter, softened
1/3 c. sugar
1 tsp. salt
3 c. flour
2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast (1 package)

 

How To:

Dissolve 1 tablespoon of sugar in the warm water.  Not hot water, warm.  Super important.  Stir in the yeast.  Cover with a clean towel and let it sit for 10 minutes.  It’s going to get all frothy and wonderful.

Meanwhile, add the milk, egg, butter, remaining sugar, and salt to a mixing bowl.  If you have a KitchenAid, use it.  Once the ten minutes are through, add your frothy yeast mixture and knead.  Add the flour bit by bit until the dough is smooth.  It’ll still be sticky!  You can add more flour, but then the rolls won’t be as soft. Knead 5-10 minutes.

Scoop up that sticky, wonderful dough and plop in into a well-oiled bowl.  Cover it with a towel and let it rise for an hour.

Pull apart the dough and form your rolls. Remember, they’ll get bigger in the oven, so plan accordingly. Place them in a greased 9×13 pan (or on a greased baking sheet – that worked for me).  Cover, and let rise 1 hour more.

Preheat the oven to 375F.

Bake your rolls for 12 minutes.

Remove from oven, and eat them.  Or store them in a covered container for later.  Your choice.

Makes: 8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes, plus 2 hours rising
Chill Time: n/a
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Calories:  446

Source: A Chocolate Day with Ashley Ray.

 

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Homemade Soft Rolls

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You’ll Need:
1/2 c. warm water
1/2 c. warm milk
1 egg
1/3 c. butter, softened
1/3 c. sugar
1 tsp. salt
3 c. flour
2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast (1 package)

 

How To:

Dissolve 1 tablespoon of sugar in the warm water.  Not hot water, warm.  Super important.  Stir in the yeast.  Cover with a clean towel and let it sit for 10 minutes.  It’s going to get all frothy and wonderful.

Meanwhile, add the milk, egg, butter, remaining sugar, and salt to a mixing bowl.  If you have a KitchenAid, use it.  Once the ten minutes are through, add your frothy yeast mixture and knead.  Add the flour bit by bit until the dough is smooth.  It’ll still be sticky!  You can add more flour, but then the rolls won’t be as soft. Knead 5-10 minutes.

Scoop up that sticky, wonderful dough and plop in into a well-oiled bowl.  Cover it with a towel and let it rise for an hour.

Pull apart the dough and form your rolls. Remember, they’ll get bigger in the oven, so plan accordingly. Place them in a greased 9×13 pan (or on a greased baking sheet – that worked for me).  Cover, and let rise 1 hour more.

Preheat the oven to 375F.

Bake your rolls for 12 minutes.

Remove from oven, and eat them.  Or store them in a covered container for later.  Your choice.

Makes: 8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes, plus 2 hours rising
Chill Time: n/a
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Calories:  446

Source: A Chocolate Day with Ashley Ray.

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