Rolls, rolls, butter your rolls

Homemade rolls are the best. I know, I know, they take more time but in my opinion, the payoff is well worth it. So if you would like to try your hand at homemade rolls this Thanksgiving, here is a simple recipe to help you in your quest for the perfct dinner roll.

Fluffy Dinner Rolls
Time: about 1 hour 10 minutes
Yield: 12 rolls
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 (use active dry)
DIRECTIONS:
  • 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.
  • 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.  Add hot water. You want it to be almost too hot to put your hand in.
  • 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.
  • Add the yeast. Turn the mixer on and add the rest of the flour 1 C at a time.
  • You have enough flour when the dough scrapes the side of the bowl clean. Mix on medium speed for 5 minutes
  • Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 5 minutes. You need the plastic wrap to trap the heat.
  • Take a bit of butter and coat the inside of a 9×13 pan.
  • Spray your counter, or a cutting board with cooking spray. Lay your dough on top of it.
  • 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.
  • Gently round them into balls, and put them in your buttered 9×13 pan.
  • 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.
  •  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.
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