Prep 30 mins
Cook 45 mins
These are so good!! We use them a lot for pulled meat sandwiches and such. Enjoy!
- 2 (1/4 ounce) packages active dry yeast
- 3 cups water, divided (110-115 degrees)
- 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
- 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 8 -8 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- In a mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast in 1/2 cup warm water add 1 T. sugar and then let stand about 5 minutes.
- Add remaining water and sugar. Beat in oil, salt and 4 cups flour until smooth. Stir in enough flour to form a soft dough.
- Turn onto a floured board. Knead until smooth and elastic for about 6-8 minutes.
- Place in a greased bowl turning once to grease the top.
- Cover and let rise 45 minutes.
- Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured board, divide into 18 pieces.
- Shape into an oval.
- Place 2 inches apart on a greased baking sheets.
- With scissors cut a 1/4-inch slash across the top of each.
- Cover and let rise 20 minutes.
- Bake at 400° for 13-18 minutes until golden brown.
- Remove to wire racks to cool.
This is going to be my go-to sub sandwich roll recipe from now on! I did it the lazy way though using my bread machine to do a dough cycle. I halved the recipe and used 4 1/2 cups AP flour with 2 TB olive oil since that's the only oil I had on hand, but loved the taste so I'll make it with olive oil again definitely. After the dough cycle finished, I did the thing with slitting the tops and letting them rise on the pan for another 20 minutes covered in paper towels. (I'm ghetto.) I also wanted a little variation, so I put sesame seeds on one roll, poppy seeds on another, and garlic granules on another...you can put nearly anything on the tops for variety really. I baked them for 15 minutes at 400F, perfection!
No doubt, these hoagie rolls are the real thing. Made them the 1st time today, turned out fantastic. Even my daughter liked them! If yours came out to dense or to small, I suggest on the following: Don't skimp on the yeast, the proofing really helps later with the rise since we use the oil. Really thorough kneading helps as well. Make sure you dough is easy to knead, if not add warm water. Let it rise, let it rise....cover with lid (yeast does not like draft from the A/C) in a warm place 80 F until at least double or more of the original volume. I took the 18 count recipe, halved the ingredients and made only 8 rolls of it instead of nine (easier to divide) and rolled them out to about candy bar size "logs". Let it rise again, 80 F, no draft, until more than double the size 30-40 min - then in pre-heated oven. Giving the rise enough time, temperature and no drafty air is really the key. LOVE THEM ...will be a staple, for sure.
This is my favorite bread recipe! I usually make 16 rolls (it's just easier to divide). If you place them far enough apart on the cookie sheet, they will get a nice crust. If you put them on with sides barely touching, you get rolls that are softer. I bake these into hoagie rolls for hubby's fav French Dip or I make dinner rolls with the dough and bake in a lasagna pan. To make the bread more flavorful, I double the oil and steep herbs or garlic in it while I'm proofing the yeast. Add flour until the dough is no longer sticky, but still really pliable. If you over knead, you WILL get tough bread! Thanks for a great basic recipe, Hansen!