There is a fantastic restaurant in Springfield, MO where they throw the most delicious rolls at you before, during and after your meal. This is a copy cat recipe of those exact rolls. If you get the chance, visit the restaurant. If not, try these rolls anyway. They are so very good!
- Combine sugar and yeast in tepid water.
- Let stand 5-10 minutes until yeast begins to foam.
- Thoroughly mix milk, butter, sugar, egg and salt in large bowl.
- Stir in the yeast mixture and 3 1/2 cups of flour, adding a bit more if necessary to make a soft, pliable dough.
- Turn dough out on floured board and let rest while you clean and butter bowl.
- Knead dough gently 4-5 minutes, adding flour if necessary, until dough is smooth and silky.
- Return to bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in warm place until doubled in size (1 1/2 hours appoximately).
- Butter a 12 cup muffin tin.
- Punch down dough.
- Pinch off pieces that are about 1 1/2 inches in diameter, (enough to fill one-half of muffin cup), and roll into smooth spheres.
- Place two such pieces in each prepared muffin cup- it will be a tight fit.
- Cover dough loosely with plastic wrap for 45 minutes.
- Bake rolls in preheated 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes, or until light brown.
- Serve as soon as they are cool enough to throw.
I was nervous when I used a lot more flour than the recipe called for but when my Mom (whose bread is repeatedly asked for at dinners) asked me "these were store bought, right?" I knew I'd done good. She went on to say "are you kidding me, yeast breads don't usually rise this much in the cold weather" My little trick: When letting bread rise during the winter, I heat my oven to 200 and then turn it off, letting the covered bread rest in the warmed oven. This method has never failed me. YUM
I wish my rolls looked like the ones in the photo. Honestly, I was pretty disappointed....wasted good ingredients. My issue was while the rolls were pretty light...they HAD NO FLAVOR AT ALL! I followed the recipe to the letter expecting a great roll. I am glad I did a test batch before I made a batch for a church pot luck. I can only recall one other time in the last year when I've had such a tastless roll. What a waste!! Look for another recipe because this is not the one!!!!
I subbed white whole wheat flour for the AP. I also had the website reconfigure the ingredients to make 18 rather than 12 rolls. That was a mistake. These are huge! I could easily have made 18 normal sized rolls from the original recipe. I used roughly 90g of dough per roll. Next time, I'd probably go somewhere between 50-60. I also baked them side by side on a parchment lined cookie sheet rather than in a muffin pan and put an egg wash on top.
I never measure flour by volume, always by weight. My converted recipe called for 6c of flour, which is 240g. It was nowhere near enough. I added at least 1.5 cups while my Kitchenaid was mixing this and I was still adding when I did a little bit of hand kneading at the end.
The verdict: Texturally, these were great. I was (apparently unnecessarily) worried about all of the extra flour. Flavor-wise, they need a little something more. I think next time I make these, I'll try buttermilk instead. It would have helped if I had remembered salted butter for the table too. I haven't been to Lambert's in at least 5 years but I'm willing to say these are comparable to their rolls. Even people who know I'm serious about cooking were asking me where I bought them. :) This one is definitely a keeper.