Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Yummy Rolls

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These are a delicious addition to any meal or great for a meal itself with a nice big cup of Nutella Hot Chocolate! They take a while from start to finish to make (about 2 hours total) but so worth the rising waiting time. This recipe makes a dozen rolls, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

One of the tricks I learned about baking with yeast is to make sure that you don't "kill" it. This is why I always add my yeast to liquid seperately no matter what the recipe says to do, because if I kill the yeast I won't have wasted all the ingredients, just the yeast and the liquid. To make sure you don't kill your yeast, add it to liquid that is lukewarm, ie. if it would be to hot to put in a babies mouth it will probably kill your yeast. So be patient and let that liquid cool (I know it's hard when you are anticipating a yummy treat)! Yeast that is active will bubble and foam; and when you see it you can silently rejoice, mad scientist style, in your head that "It's ALIVE!" If your yeast sinks to the bottom of your bowl and doesn't bubble it's a sign that it is dead...may it rest in peace. Just toss the dead yeast and try again.

Okay, now on to the recipe:

-3 Cups All-purpose Flour
-2 packets of active dry yeast
-1 tsp salt
-2 T sugar
-1 Cup milk
-1/4 Cup water
-1 egg
-1/4 C + 2 T melted butter

1) Scald milk, add water, and then let cool to nuke warm temperature (warm but not hot) in a large bowl.
2)While liquid mixture is cooling, combine flour, salt, and sugar in a medium bowl.
3) Once milk mixture is cooled enough, add yeast and then the egg and 1/4 C. melted butter.
4) Slowly mix in flour mixture about 1/3 cup at a time.
5) Transfer mixture into a large greased glass bowl. Spray the top of dough with cooking spray, cover with plastic wrap, and allow it to sit for about an hour in a nice warm place to rise and double in size.
6) Once dough has doubled, roll it out and divide it into 12 equal pieces using a pizza cutter.
7) Place rolls on a greased or buttered cookie sheet, brush the tops with 1 Tbs melted butter and allow to sit for an additional 30 minutes.
8)Bake for 15-18 minutes in a 400 degree preheated oven.
9)Once it is done baking take out and give one last brush with melted butter.

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