Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so here is one of my favorite recipes for dinner rolls.
I came across this recipe from Alex Guarnaschelli 6 years ago in Food Network Magazine . I loved that it gave a step by step picture guide and how simple these dinner rolls were to make. Plus the of freshly baked bread is amazing. Ever since then, I’ve made these rolls several time and each time I do, they’re definitely a hit.
Here is what you will need:
1 1/4 -ounce packet active dry yeast
1/2 cup sugar
7 1/2 to 8 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus softened butter for brushing
2 cups whole milk, at room temperature
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling
Sprinkle yeast in to a bowl and add 1/2 cup warm water – should be 110 degrees F and 120 degrees F
Whisk in the sugar – let mixture sit for 1 minute.
Gently mix in 1 cup flour and set aside.
To make the dough:
Mix melted butter and room temperature milk on low speed.
*** Note – make sure the butter is cooled and that the milk is room temperature. I mixed in slightly cold milk and the butter clumped up. Needless to say I had to start all over ***
Add eggs – mix until blended
Next add the yeast mixture – make sure it’s fully incorporated.
Once the yeast is mixed in, start adding the flour and salt. I added one cup of flour at a time.
The dough will form a ball.
Next place the dough in a bowl coated with softened butter. Cover with a towel and let it rise for about 2.5 hours.
Once dough has risen it will double in size.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
To shape the dough, place on a floured surface and press down with your hands to shape in to a 16×18 inch rectangle. No need for a rolling pin. Just make sure you also flour your hands too.
Cut the dough straight down the middle.
Next cut across in to 12 strips.
Fold the strips of dough halfway towards the center cut, tuck in, then roll it over.
Make sure the seam side is down.
Continue for each strip.
Once all have been folded place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Brush some melted butter on each strip and bake for 18-20 minutes at 375 degrees.
Once out of the over, brush with more melted butter, pull apart and serve immediately.