Here is my attempt to provide a detailed explanation of how Grandma Carol (my mom) makes her rolls… (Recipe at bottom of page)
Put milk and water in a pot on the stove.
Add Salt and Butter
Add Sugar (I am no chemistry major but I’m pretty sure yeast likes sugar).
Heat until butter, salt and sugar melt together.
Get out some eggs
Prepare the yeast and flour in a mixing bowl while your liquids are heating.
When there is no visible steam, it is good to test the temperature (with a clean finger) If it is too hot for your digit, it is too hot for the yeast!
Pour the warm liquids into your mixing bowl.
Now add the eggs
Mix, Mix, Mix. It is really nice if you have a special mixer with a dough hook, but this kind works too…
Begin adding flour little by little until a sticky dough forms.
Spray the bowl that the dough is going to rise in.
Cover and set in a warm sunny place.
When it doubles in size you can begin forming the rolls. Charlotte was thrilled and gave Grandma the go ahead when she felt it was good and ready.
Cut the dough into 4 sections to make it easier
Shape into little rolls using flour as you go.
Line them up in your baking pan (remember they are still going to rise some more) This is how they will look after they rise. Now you can bake them! YUM…
I am already thinking of the midnight snack I will be having with Smoked Turkey and Brie on a beautiful buttery roll. Goodness.
Ingredients: * NOTE * We doubled this recipe…. We always double the recipe (because we like midnight snacks and lunch tomorrow!)
3 1/2 Cups of Flour plus a little to sprinkle on counter when you shape dough into rolls)
- 1 Package of Rapid Rise Yeast
- 1/4 Cup Sugar
- 1/4 Cup Butter (plus 1-2 Tbsp. to smear on the rolls while they bake to make them golden and shiny)
- 1 tsp. Salt
- 1/2 Cup Milk
- 3/4 Cup Water
- 1 Egg (beaten)
Combine 1 1/2 cups of the flour and the yeast packet in a large mixing bowl. Meanwhile, heat milk, water, butter, salt and sugar on the stove until melted. When it is warm but not steamy (see picture above) pour over the dry ingredients in your mixing bowl. Add egg and begin mixing. Add the rest of the flour to form a big ball. At this point it is a little sticky. Transfer this to a greased bowl for rising. Cover with a cloth and set in a warm place. Let it rise until it doubles in size. Preheat Oven to 350. Sprinkle a little four on a board or your counter and form into small balls and place them in baking pan to rise. To make them more even, Carol cuts the dough into 4 sections. Cover the pan with a damp cloth and when they double in size you can bake them! Bake for approx. 10 minutes and then carefully baste them with a little butter and Bake 2-4 more minutes until golden (ovens vary). Enjoy!