Thursday, February 4, 2010

Gram's Dinner Rolls

If you are looking for a soft, moist, fluffy, no-nonsense, easy roll recipe that will have you craving more, then this is for you. I have personally made these rolls at least a dozen times and never ONCE have they gone wrong...they could not be easier- 1 1/2 hours start to finish, promise. A few tips: this dough is very sticky. It calls for 4-5 cups of flour- the less you use, the fluffier your roll. So, if you are feeling like its too sticky, add more flour, but its just going to make your roll more dense. Also, I have made these with (hard white) whole wheat flour and they turned out wonderfully as well. Taylor requested these today (she's home sick!)...besides donuts, these are definitely her food of choice. Please give these a try- they are the BEST rolls we've ever eaten.
picture courtesy Janette Davis
Gram's Dinner Rolls
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2 Cups warm water
2 Tablespoons yeast
½ Cup sugar
1/3 to ½ Cup vegetable oil (I use Canola)
1 Tablespoon salt
2 Eggs
4 ½ to 5 Cups of flour - (do not use more than 5 cups)

Put warm water and yeast in large bowl and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix until ingredients are incorporated- add more flour if needed, but beware! :) The dough will be messy and sticky, but its worth it. Turn oven to warm (I put mine on 180 F) and put dough in oven to raise- I use an oven-safe big bowl. It will take about 20 or 30 minutes, it should be double in bulk. Pour out on floured surface and sprinkle flour on top so that you can roll out the dough to about 1/2 inch thick- remember, the dough will be sticky/messy. Cut with a round cup or plastic glass, spread melted butter on top, fold the circle over and put on cookie sheet. Don't try to mess with the dough too much, don't try to make perfect-looking rolls like Mom's- they don't need to be Martha Stewart, just cut them out in whatever shapes/sizes work best without wasting too much dough. Put in pan just barely touching each one and let raise till double in bulk in warmed oven again. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 or 20 minutes. If you have questions, call me. I will be more than happy to help because you need to try these! Enjoy!


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