Rolls rolls rolls. I promise if I can pull this off so can you! Lets just say that rolls and I have had a tumultuous past. I have been known to botch even Rhodes rolls. Yes I hear the gasps. . . I promise its possible. In fact said botched batch was for a family event fairly early in my cooking career. Let’s just say I haven’t been asked to bring rolls again. (Now I will never know if it is due to the less than ideal rolls – slightly flat and excessively brown – or that there are so many others to bring stuff my number just hasn’t come up again.)
Anyway what you are really waiting for the recipe. While this can never replace the passed down through the years take all day Great Grandma So and So’s recipe here we go.
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1/2 cup plus 1 TBSP sugar, divided
- 1/3 cup butter
- 2 tsp. salt
- 4 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
- 2/3 cup warm (105-115) water
- 8-9 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 beaten eggs
- Combine milk, sugar, butter and salt in a saucepan. Heat until butter melts
- Remove pan from heat and cool to lukewarm (a sink full of cold water works great for this!)
- While milk mixture cools dissolve yeast and 1 TBS sugar in warm water. Let stand about 10 minutes. (Make sure yeast bubbles!)
- In a large mixing bowl combine 3 cups flour and milk mixture. Beat on low for 30 seconds, scraping sides of bowl.
- Add yeast mixture and beat on high for 3 minutes
- Add beaten eggs ( beating them in advance apparently helps the consistency of your dough!)
- Stir in as much of remaining flour as needed to make a soft dough. It will come away from the sides but you want it to still be sticky when you touch it.
- Place in a bowl, in a warm place, and cover with a clean towel. Let rise 1 hour.
- Punch down dough
- Lightly flour your work surface and turn dough out onto surface and divide in half.
- Grease 2 – 9 x 13 glass pans with cooking spray.
- Roll first portion of dough into a rectangle and cut into 12 equal sized pieces. (*A Pizza cutter works great to do this!)
- Shape each piece into a ball and place in pan
- Repeat with remaining dough
- Cover with a clean cloth and allow to rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 375 part way through the rise time above
- Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown
- Remove from oven and rub a stick of cold butter over the top.
These rolls despite the number of steps really are SIMPLE! They taste great even on day 2 or 3 and so far they have frozen beautifully too. They have been a huge hit here with the family. I even baked them for company and had them turn out!! (Consequently they turn green great too!) 🙂