Monday, October 29, 2007

Second Time's a Charm

They say the third time's a charm but in my case the second time was. I first tried making these dinner rolls a couple weeks ago and they were a big flop. If I had posted a picture in my blog, you probably would have thought I was posting about biscuits or possibly hockey pucks. It was really bad. That being said, it was my first time ever making a yeast bread so I guess it was a trial run. I originally saw these rolls on Amber's blog, so I asked her for some tips before I attempted to make them again. Thankfully they turned out very good this time with her help. I was so excited when they actually started looking like rolls and not biscuits!!

Sweet Dinner Rolls
(Adapted from:

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup warm milk
1 egg
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (It only took about 3 1/4 cups flour for me)
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1/4 cup butter, softened

- Place water and milk in microwave safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute or until liquids reach (110 degrees F/45 degrees C). Pour liquids into mixer bowl; add sugar and stir to dissolve. Add in yeast and let set for 10-20 minutes to proof (the mixture will be foamy).
- Attach the bowl to the mixer and mix on low speed adding the salt, butter and egg. Once well mixed add in the flour 1/4 cup at a time. Remove the paddle attachment and attach the dough hook. With the machine; knead the dough for 5-10 minutes or until smooth and elastic.
- Remove the dough from the bowl and shape into desired shape. Cover with a clean towel and let rise in a warm place for an hour. (You can place a bowl of very hot tap water in the bottom of your stove and place the rolls in on the rack above it). Gently brush the tops of the rolls with half of the softened butter.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) and bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Upon removing the rolls from the oven brush them with remaining softened butter once again.

The yeast beginning to proof.

The dough after I kneaded it a few more times by hand.

Starting to look like rolls!

The finished product


Jaime said...

congrats on this successful attempt! i know what a great feeling it is, having recently overcome my fear of yeast :) these look great... you should try the brown sugar raisin bread next!

Anonymous said...

Great job with the yeast bread! After you get over the first trial hump it's easy. You'll be a break making guru in no time! ;)