Easy Yeast Rolls (Or Monkey Bread)
photo by Sstever47050
- Ready In:
- 1hr 30mins
- Heat the water to between 105 and 115 degrees F.
- If working with kids, explain that this temperature will wake up the yeast but not kill it.
- Dissolve the yeast in the water in a large bowl.
- Stir in the sugar, oil, salt and egg.
- Stir in 1 cup of flour until smooth.
- This is officially known as a"sponge" since it does not have all the flour of the final dough.
- Cover with a dishcloth and set in a warm place (over a bowl of warm water, in a slightly warm oven, in the microwave beside a cup of warm water, etc.).
- Let rise for 15 minutes. NOTE: If the sponge is not bubbly and increased in volume, either the yeast was bad, the water was too hot, or the water was too cold). THROW IT AWAY - it will not make palatable bread! If you are sure that the water was the correct temperature (and you did not set the bowl to rise in a hot oven (smile)) get some new yeast.
- This is useful time for cleanup and setting up for kneading.
- Grease a square 9 inch pan.
- If you want to make monkey bread, use a ring pan or a bundt pan and do not grease it.
- Stir down the sponge (ooh and aah over how much it has grown first!) and add 1 1/2 cups flour.
- Blend until well mixed.
- Turn out onto a floured surface.
- Knead 3 minutes adding flour if the dough is sticky.
- If using the square pan, divide the dough into 16 pieces (good math exercise!), and shape quickly into balls.
- If making monkey bread, divide the dough into 32 pieces (more math) and shape quickly into balls.
- For the square pan, arrange the balls in the pan and smear tops with softened margarine.
- For the monkey bread, roll each ball in melted margarine before arranging the balls in the ring or bundt pan.
- Cover the pan with the dishcloth and set back in the warm place (described above).
- Let rise for 25 minutes (depending on the timing with kids, I have been successful with as little as 20 minutes and as long as 30.) Preheat oven to 425°F (move the pan first if that is where the dough is rising, of course).
- Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until light brown.
- Remove from pan to a rack or plate to cool.
- To make them even better (and more fattening), brush the tops with melted butter.
- If you made monkey bread, eat the bread like a monkey by pulling off chunks.
- The monkey bread is also excellent if you roll each dough ball in cinnamon sugar after rolling in margarine and before placing in the pan.
- This makes a good breakfast bread.
These could not be any easier! I love how little time they took. I made them sweet and added coarsely chopped pecans between layers. I took them to a baby shower and only 3 pieces were left. I am making a second batch tonight for my family! They weren't ooey gooey, so if you want them that way, sprinkle extra cinnamon/sugar between the layers (which is what I plan on doing tonight). These were much better than ones made with canned biscuits!
I was surprised how fast these rolls were for a yeast bread. They were tender and fluffy. I wanted to make dinner rolls, so I put 3 balls each into muffin tin cups. They were the perfect compliment to sopping up pot roast gravy. I would make again, though in my experience I needed to add almost an extra half cup of flour to make the dough workable.
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