Wednesday, November 25, 2009

  Sweet Dinner Rolls

1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup warm milk
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 egg
1/3 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3-3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 package dry yeast (2.5 teaspoons)

In a glass bowl combine the butter, water, and milk.  Microwave the mixture until it is the proper temperature if needed. The temperature should be between 115º and 120ºF.  If its any hotter it may kill the yeast; too cool and it will not grow properly.

In a mixer combine the water, butter, milk, yeast, sugar, and 1 cup flour.
Cover and wait 5 minutes.  After 5 minutes the mixture should be bubbly.  (If its not, then the yeast isn't growing properly, and you may have to start over.)
Beat in the egg.
Add the remaining flour, and mix for 5 minutes.  The dough should be soft, pulled away from the edges of the bowl, and not sticky.  Add a little more or less flour as needed.

(I used our Bosch mixer so I skipped this next step, but if you have a kitchen-aid, any other type of mixer, or you are mixing by hand you need to include this step.)
--Cover the mixing bowl and set in a warm (not hot) place.  Let rise until doubled in size.
Dump out the dough on a lightly floured OR well greased counter top.  Punch the dough down, and knead for about 10 minutes.--  

Then divide the dough into 16 pieces.  Shape into a small ball.  Place in a greased baking dish.  Cover and let rest in a warm place until doubled in size.  Bake at 400° for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown.  Serve warm.

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