quick dinner rolls

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adapted from: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/big-batch-quick-dinner-rolls-recipe

these were incredibly quick! i made the dough, kneaded it for about 10 minutes, and then did some homework and took a shower while it was rising. i skyped with friends from home while the bread baked, and by the time the rolls were done, it was almost time for college friends to come over for dinner. i think this recipe yielded somewhere around 18 dinner rolls- the original recipe recommended making 24, but i wanted each one to be  a bit bigger. i made these little breads, home-made lasagna (recipe to follow in a bit), and roasted asparagus for a group of ten people to eat for a tuesday night family-style dinner. really delicious! and easy!

  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 cups warm milk ( 100 – 110°F)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons yeast, instant preferred
  • 6 to 7 cups ap flour
  • herbs, optional- i used about 1/2 tsp of dried thyme and about 1/4 tsp dried oregano. use whatever you like, or nothing at all! some extra honey might have been nice, too. next time i think i might try some fresh sage.
  • vegetable oil- about 1-2 tbs

combine water, milk, yeast, and sugar in a bowl; stir, and let sit for about 5-10 minutes, until foamy. while waiting for the yeast mixture, melt butter. add salt and melted butter to yeast mixture, and mix a bit. add herbs (optional) and 5 cups of flour and stir well. slowly add more flour, about 1/4 to 1/2 cup at a time, until dough comes together. knead for about ten minutes, adding a bit more flour if the dough gets too sticky. clean out bowl a bit, and coat with a thin layer of vegetable oil. place the bread inside the bowl, and turn it over a couple of times. put plastic wrap on top, and let the dough rise until it is full and puffy- at least 20 minutes at room temperature.

gently deflate the dough and section it into 16-24 equal bits. roll into balls, and place on baking sheets. cover loosely with plastic wrap, and leave alone for another 20-25 minutes. preheat oven to 350. after time is up, bake bread until golden brown. enjoy!

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