Sadly, if you don’t have a bread machine, this recipe is not for you. Also, if you don’t have a bread machine, you should get one! They are wonderful. I have owned two of them. I wore the first one out! The second time, I got a Sunbeam. I absolutely love it. It is easy to use and consistently makes wonderful baked loaves of all kinds, and perfect dough for shaped loaves and rolls. When the dough cycle is done (1 hour 30 min) the first rise is already completed and you can shape your bread or rolls and do the second rise. The best part is doing other things while the machine does the work.
This recipe is a family favorite. When the kids come over, the two dozen rolls disappear. If there are any left, they all want to take them home.
I did what I usually do… I tried the recipe that came with the machine for rolls. Then I made changes and adjustments until it suited my tastes. It is also the perfect basic roll to top with all kinds of herbs and spices. My son Joe’s fiancee Tessa loves it when I brush the tops with butter, garlic powder, parsley and Parmesan cheese. Sometimes she only eats rolls!
Every bread machine comes with a recommended order for you to put in the ingredients. Follow the order for your machine.
Buttered Yeast Rolls
In the pan of your bread machine, pour 1C warmed milk. Add 1 stick room temperature butter cut in pieces. Beat 2 room temperature eggs and pour those in. Add 1/3C sugar, and 1 1/2t kosher salt. Next, pour in 4 1 /2 C bread flour. Take a small measuring spoon and make a little well in the top of the flour. Into the well pour one packet active dry yeast. Secure the pan into the machine, close the lid, adjust to dough setting and press Start. Now you have an hour and a half to do something else!
When the cycle is finished, remove the dough to a lightly floured surface. Divide into 24 equal portions. Roll each piece in your hands into a ball. Lightly spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray. Arrange the dough balls in the pan in rows 4 across and 6 down. It’s okay if they are in there snugly. Cover pan with a kitchen towel and leave in a warm dry place to rise until doubled, 30-45 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350. Bake rolls 12 to 15 minutes, til golden. Brush tops with melted butter as soon as they come out of the oven.
These rolls are heavenly as they are, but you can flavor the butter with just about anything to go with your meal. To every 1/2 stick of butter add:
1/4 t garlic powder, 1t dried parsley, 1T Parmesan cheese
1/4t dried rosemary, 1/4t dried thyme
1/2t garlic powder, 1t dried parsley
These are just three examples, feel free to experiment with whatever you like!
These are great with the chicken and gravy dinner I posted yesterday, as well as pasta meals, beef stew, anything that requires bread to go with it. I will provide a recipe to make yeast rolls by hand, but I hope those who don’t have a bread machine consider putting it on their wishlist!