Friday, October 11, 2013

The fluffiest rolls ever!

Now, some of my family will debate with me about these rolls.  They will be picky and say that our grandmothers rolls are the fluffiest rolls ever.  Once upon a time I used to agree with them.  Then I grew up and tried to make said rolls and they always turned out like bricks.  See my post about bread making and you will understand my angst.  A friend posted this recipe on her Facebook page and I had to try them.  The recipe said they could be done in under an hour, so I couldn't resist making them for dinner that night.  I also invited the son of that grandmother over to try them out.  I didn't tell him they weren't his mothers recipe until after he had eaten a couple.  Much to his surprise, they were better.  Mmmm, warm fluffy dinner rolls slathered with butter and jelly.  Makes my mouth water just thinking about them.  By far the easiest recipe for rolls ever.  I also made this dough for cinnamon rolls that turned out Ah-MaZiNG!  Here is the recipe, thanks to my friend Nicholya for posting and thanks to for coming up with this recipe.  It is now the star of my Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and pretty much anytime I want them, dinners!

This recipe costs about a $1.00 to make, that's a much better deal than going to the grocery store where you can pay about $3.00 per dozen and they don't taste as great as these.  You can also substitute buttermilk for the regular milk for pennies more!

Fluffy Dinner Rolls
Time: about 1 hour 10 minutes
Yield: 12 rolls
Recipe from Jamie Cooks It Up!

3/4 C milk
4 T butter
3/4 C hot water
4 T sugar
1 t salt
4 – 4 1/2 C flour
1 heaping T yeast (I use active dry)
 1. Pour your milk into a microwave safe container. These Pyrex glass measuring cups work fabulously. Add your butter to the milk and put it in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes.
2. Preheat your oven to 170 degrees. While the milk is getting nice and toasty, turn on the tap to get your hot water. Temperature is important to making these rolls rise quickly. If you add cold water, your rolls will are going to rise at a snails pace, and you’ll feel like cursing. We wouldn’t want that kind of thing going on….so please add hot water. I put my hand in the water to test it. You want it to be almost too hot to put your hand in. 
3. Put your milk/butter and hot water in the bottom of your Kitchen Aid Mixer. Add the sugar and salt. Then add 2 C of the flour…let it mix for 1 minute.
 4. Add the yeast. Turn the mixer on and add the rest of the flour 1 C at a time.
 5. You have enough flour when the dough scrapes the side of the bowl clean. Mix on medium speed for 5 minutes.
 6. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 5 minutes. You need the plastic wrap to trap the heat.
 7. Take a bit of butter and coat the inside of a 9×13 pan.
 8. Spray your counter, or a cutting board with cooking spray. Lay your dough on top of it.
 9. Take a sharp knife, spray it with cooking spray and cut your dough into 12 pieces. Make them as equal as you can….perfection is not necessary. What a relief.

10. Gently round them into balls, and put them in your buttered 9×13 pan.
11. Put the pan into your warm 170 degree oven. Let them rise for about 20 minutes or until they have risen an 1 inch above the rim of the pan.
12. Leave your pan in the oven and turn the heat up to 350 degrees. Bake for 15 minutes. The 15 minutes includes the time it takes the oven to increase in temperature. If your oven takes a long old time….you will of course need to increase the time baking. Bake until golden brown. 

 13. Brush with a little softened butter. 


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