Monday, February 27, 2012

Homemade rolls, it's not as hard as you think....

Really, it's not. I promise. A little time consuming....OK, yes. But, if you're going to be home all day, not doing too much, then that's the perfect time to try these rolls. It takes about 2 and a half hours, from start to buttery, melt in your mouth and probably burn your mouth because, you can't wait,  they are so delicious rolls. (Run on sentence, anyone?!) So my point is, you CAN do this. Don't be scared. I know I use to freak out when I heard the words, homemade, YEAST, and bread all in the same sentence. It made me a little dizzy headed.  All you need is a little confidence and a whole lot of flour. So to begin with you need these ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour(I told you, a whole lotta flour!)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted(for all that is good in the world... please....please, do not use margarine. Butter is where it's at. You can walk an extra mile later, today use butter. Life is short.)

See not so bad, right? This is stuff that you normally have in your fridge and pantry anyway. What you do, is mix the first 4 ingredients together and warm them up over medium heat, not boiling, but warm. These are scientific terms, people. You should know them! 

This is right before I took it off the stove. You want a little steam, not a rolling boil!

While your milk mixture is warming up put 5 cups of flour in a big bowl and make a well in the middle. See, super easy. 

Now, remove your milk mixture and mix in the yeast and eggs. This is what it should look like. Are you still with me? Good! 

Now pour your liquid mix into your flour well. Now, here's the hard part, are you ready? Cover it. Phew...I almost broke a sweat! Leave it for 20-30 minutes.

When you come back 30 minutes later, this is what it will look like! Easy Peasy!

Now pour in your melted butter, not margarine! Then you stir  it until it starts coming together. Then get you hands in there and mix it until it looks about like: 

This! You're almost there! Now cover it for another 20-30 minutes. 

This is what you will have in 30 beautiful minutes. Your kitchen is going to be smelling so good , right about now!

Now spray some non stick spray, or if you don't have any like me, use a little butter to smear on a cookie sheet or two. Probably two.  Now start pulling small pieces of dough from your bowl and roll between your hands to get a basic ball shape. Put it on the pan and let it rise another 20-30 minutes. 

This. This is what you get after baking in a preheated oven of 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes. *Sigh* Your house is going to smell like a bakery. You're going to have spouses, kids, dogs, neighbors, family members of all sort knocking on your front door. Why? Because these babies are that good.

These are so light and fluffy on the inside. Nice and crisp on the outside. Really, you may need to walk an extra 2 miles after eating a couple of these. But, let me tell ya....It's so worth it. If you have a little butter and a little honey and you mix them up. Oh! Then you put them right in the middle of that hot, steamy yeast roll. OH. MY. YUM. You're going to want to slap your mama!*** Now, go make some of these today. If not today, then Saturday. Trust me! Your family will love you for it and ask about them all. The. Time.

Until our next warm buttery encounter,


*** Please, don't really slap your mama. That will result in the biggest mistake of your entire life! I totally, meant figuratively! This is only a saying, please don't get yourself killed. 

 If you would like to see the original recipe go Here. This is not my own recipe, except substituting the butter for the margarine. I only wish I would have came up with this awesome recipe! ;)

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