Recipe by Donna M.
These are the absolute best dinner rolls. They are light and fluffy and buttery. The dough can also be shaped in many other ways, so use your imagination. Makes awesome cinnamon rolls too!
Top Review by Ismy Echo
I have made these twice now, one batch for Thanksgiving and one today, just to make today special. The first time, I used the Gold Medal flour I had around and the rolls were met with much pleasure. Fresh baked breads and rolls are always special, so that wasn't too hard to accomplish, the smell alone is enough to make one drool. This time I used King Arthur's All Purpose Flour, which is standardized and not prone to regional fluctuations in content. Although it is higher in protein somewhat and very well suited to yeast bread making, it produced very light and fluffy Buttery Yeast Rolls, with just a slight chew to the outside to give them a little substance without overtaking the lightness at all. I don't use a bread machine, but the Kitchen Aid mixer with a dough hook attached, to mix and knead the dough. First, I heat the milk and water together until it's very warm, a bit warmer than the "baby bath" test, more of a "tired mommy bath" temp. I combine the liquid with the yeast and sugar in the bowl and allow the yeast to get it's job started and get activated. Add the egg, at room temp or warmer, the butter that is slightly melted, and the salt, but don't bother to stir. The flour is then unceremoniously dumped into the bowl and the mixer is started on low speed, to allow the flour to slowly combine into the liquids. I allow it to knead the dough until I see it is looking very elastic and stretchy. The dough is on the sticky side but improves after the first rising, which I do in a greased bowl in the warming drawer of the oven. It doesn't take long that way. After it is risen, I roll small balls out of the dough and place them in a greased 11x7 pan, spray the tops with non-stick cooking spray, cover with a towel and put back into the warming oven. Using this size pan seems to be about ideal, a little room for the rolls to spread out, but some force to make them rise upwards. This is a very easy easy, uncomplicated recipe that even a totally inexperienced bread baker shouldn't have too much trouble with and will convince the masses you are a master baker. Thank you, Donna, for sharing with us.
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 1⁄2 cup warm milk
- 1 egg
- 1⁄3 cup butter or 1⁄3 cup margarine, softened
- 1⁄3 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 3⁄4 cups all-purpose flour (NOT bread flour!)
- 1 package dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
- 1⁄4 cup butter or 1⁄4 cup margarine
- Place all ingredients except the 1/4 cup butter into bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer.
- Select the dough cycle and start machine.
- Shape dough into 20 to 24 balls and place in buttered pan (s).
- Melt the 1/4 cup butter and brush it over the tops of rolls, saving the excess for brushing on after baking.
- Cover and let rise in a warm place about 1 hour, or until double in bulk.
- Bake at 375 degrees F for 15 to 18 minutes.
- Brush baked rolls with remaining butter.
- NOTE: This dough can also be divided into two portions and each rolled into a 12-inch circle; spread each circle with softened butter, cut into 8 wedges and roll up starting with wide end, to make crescents OR use this dough for cinnamon rolls or sticky buns.