Friday, October 23, 2009

Soft White Dinner Rolls

I was making soup several Sunday's ago, and wanted to have some nice soft dinner rolls to go with the it. I checked out the King Arthur Flour Website, and as always they delivered the perfect recipe.

I used my muffin pan and rolled the dough into rounds and also brushed them with butter as soon as they came out of the oven.

These rolls are fluffy and delicious with butter, and a great accompaniment to just about any meal, trust me!

1 packet "highly active" active dry yeast; or 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast; or 2 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
7/8 to 1 1/8 cups lukewarm water*
3 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup nonfat dry milk
1/2 cup instant mashed potato flakes

*Use the lesser amount in summer (or in a humid environment), the greater amount in winter (or in a dry climate), and somewhere in between the rest of the year, or if your house is climate controlled.

1) If you're using active dry yeast, dissolve it with a pinch of sugar in 2 tablespoons of the lukewarm water. Let the yeast and water sit at room temperature for 15 minutes, until the mixture has bubbled and expanded. If you're using instant yeast, you can skip this step.

2) Combine the dissolved yeast (or instant yeast) with the remainder of the ingredients. Mix and knead everything together—by hand, mixer or bread machine set on the dough cycle—till you've made a smooth dough. If you're kneading in a stand mixer, it should take 5 to 7 minutes at second speed, and the dough should barely clean the sides of the bowl, perhaps sticking a bit at the bottom. In a bread machine (or by hand), it should form a smooth ball.

3) Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl. Cover the bowl, and allow the dough to rise, at room temperature, until it's nearly doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. Rising may take longer, especially if you've kneaded by hand. Give it enough time to become quite puffy.

4) While the dough is rising, lightly grease two 9" round cake pans, or a 9" x 13" pan.

5) Gently deflate the dough, and transfer it to a lightly greased work surface. Divide it into 16 pieces.

6) Shape each piece into a rough ball by pulling the dough into a very small knot at the bottom, then rolling it under the palm of your hand into a smooth ball.

7) Place eight rolls in each of the round cake pans (or all 16 rolls in the 9" x 13" pan), spacing them evenly; they won't touch one another.

8) Cover the pan(s) with lightly greased plastic wrap, and allow the rolls to rise till they're very puffy, and have reached out and touched one another, about 1 hour. While the rolls are rising, preheat the oven to 350°F.

9) Bake the rolls until they're a deep golden brown on top, and lighter on the sides, about 25 minutes.

10) Remove the rolls from the oven, and after 2 or 3 minutes, carefully transfer them to a rack.

They'll be hot and delicate, so be careful. Serve warm, or at room temperature.


Bethie said...

Well aren't you good, homemade bread. I would eat the entire basket, no joke. I love bread(any and all carbs), but stink at making it. Good job! Now, mail me one.

PJH said...

Cheryl, those rolls look fabulous! Glad you enjoyed them - PJ Hamel, King Arthur Flour baker/blogger

Sophie said...

Ooooooh,...Cheryl!! These white dinner rolls look fantastic & so lovely!!

I would like to savour at least 2 with my midday soup!

Denise said...

Am making pot roast on Sunday these are a must try- will let you know

Donna-FFW said...

Goodness, lord have mercy lady. Are you cooking up everything so homemade, I love it. I have got to try these. They look perfect! Are they your go to dinner roll?

teresa said...

oh i love these. i love bread that's been baked with potato flakes because it always comes out so soft and tender, delicious!

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

These look wonderful. I wish we could see the inside of them. I guess I'll have to make them so I can see and taste them. Don't you just love King Arthur?

The Blonde Duck said...

Ben would love these!!! I must make them!

Pam said...

They look delicious. I love fresh dinner rolls slathered in butter. :)

Sophia said...

Reminds me of the first thing I ever baked in my life. Rolls! SO good!

Spryte said...

Mmmmmm.... fresh warm dinner rolls....

Shelly W said...

King Arthur has the best recipes doesn't it? It's my go to for bread recipes, too. These look fantastic! I'll have to give them a try next time I make rolls.

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