Dinner Rolls Recipe© Copyright 2017. All rights reserved and enforced
The actual work for these rolls will only take about 20 minutes. People will go mad for these classic dinner rolls.
The recipe dates from a time when kitchen staples such as salt, sugar, butter, etc, were still dear, and home cooks used only as much as they needed in a pan of bread rolls and no more. Fast forward to today's excesses, and in comparison you have an incredibly healthy dinner roll, low in fat and salt. Each generous-sized roll has only about 46 mg of sodium in it, and is 3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus®.
Number of servings: 16
Estimated Prep Time: 30 minutes
Estimated Cooking Time: 25 minutes Cooking at: 350 F / 180 C / Gas Mark 4
Have some soft butter or margarine handy.
Butter (or spray) a square cake pan, 8 x 8 inches (20 x 20 cm) works best. 9 x 9 will do.
Flour a surface, and turn the finished dough out onto it. Toss the dough a few times so its surfaces are lightly floured to be easy to work with; no need to knead.
With a large knife, cut the dough into 16 equal pieces.
Now butter the fingers of at least one hand.
Take a piece of dough, and form it into a round. Smear the top lightly with butter. Place in buttered pan, with the smoothest, rounded side up :}
Repeat, tucking the rolls in next to each other, touching, so as to make 4 x 4 rows in the pan. Cover with a clean towel, let sit in warm area to rise, about 1 hour, until they have doubled in size.
Remove tea-towel, pop pan into an oven that has been heated to 350 F (175 C) and bake till they are golden brown and crisp on top -- about 25 minutes. If you're not sure if they're done, remove from oven and test by rapping one with a knuckle -- you should hear a hollow sound.
Turn out of pan onto a wire warm. (Don't let them cool in the pan or you'll never get them out.)
Optional: brush right away with melted butter.
Serve warm. If you made them a few hours ahead of time to make sure the oven was clear for other things, wrap as one big square in tin-foil and reheat that way in oven (not microwave!)
Recipe notesUse all-purpose or bread flour.
If you use iodized table salt which inhibits yeast, you may want to use an extra 1/2 teaspoon of yeast.
Allow 2 dinner rolls per person. If you need to double the recipe, best to do it in separate batches unless your bread machine can handle 4 pound loaves.
Equipment: bread machine, cake pan, wire rack, tea towel.
The story behind this recipe...
- Dinner Rolls are small, individually-baked breads served along with a meal, typically the main meal of the day. They are usually served warm, in a basket lined with a cloth such as a clean tea-towel or a large napkin, whose edges are folded over the rolls to keep the heat in.Read more >>>
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