I have been trying my very best making the soft and fluffy sweet dough for ages only to end up with a rock hard one. I lost interest in it but not until I found a recipe that requires minimal ingredients and easy to follow instructions of a Dinner Roll from The Food Charlatan.
I suggest to spare your hand mixer from using in this recipe because mine broke while making this mouth watering bread for the second time. I suggest that you use the Heavy Duty Stand Mixer or the Commercial Grade Dough Mixer.
Below is the recipe adopted from The Food Charlatan:
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
- 2 teaspoons white sugar
- 2 cups milk
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 cup butter-flavored shortening OR real butter
- 1 egg
- 4-5 cups all purpose flour, spooned and leveled
- 4 tablespoons melted butter, for brushing
- In a small bowl or coffee mug, microwave the 1/2 cup water for 20-30 seconds, until it is lukewarm but not hot.
- Add the yeast and 2 teaspoons sugar and stir. Let this mixture sit for 5 minutes. Watch it so it doesn't overflow!*
- In a glass measuring cup, microwave 2 cups milk for 1-2 minutes until it is warm but not hot.
- In a large bowl or stand mixer, add 1/3 cup sugar, salt, and shortening, and 2 cups of the flour. Stir together with a wooden spoon.
- Add the warm milk, yeast mixture, and 1 egg. Mix well and let rest 5 minutes. At this point I started using the dough hook on my mixer.
- Add 2-3 (or up to 3 and 1/2) cups flour, one cup at a time, mixing in between. Once all the flour has been incorporated, knead for 5-6 minutes, using your hands or the dough hook.
- Grease a large bowl well with oil or butter. Scrape all the dough into the bowl, shape it together, then turn it over so that the top is greased.
- Cover loosely with a tea towel or plastic wrap. Let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
- Punch down the dough. Divide the dough into 24 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball (pinch one end with your fingers).
- Place the rolls in 2 well-greased pans. I used one 9x13 pan and one 2 quart casserole dish.
- Cover the pans with tea towels and let them rise in a warm spot for another 30-45 minutes, until doubled in size. When they are almost done rising, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
- Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown all across the top.
- Remove from the oven and brush with melted butter.
- Eat hot!
All of us in the family love how it tastes. I sprinkled some sugar and cheese and it tastes heavenly!