I've been getting a lot of emails recently about people looking for good dinner rolls for their Thanksgiving table. It seems more-and-more people are stopping their self-induced poisoning of buying breads at the market. So, I will share with you one of my favorite rolls and I think they go pretty much with any and everything you will have on your festive Thanksgiving table.
This is a very easy recipe and has one of the better crusts you will find and a nice density to the dough. There is a total of 2 1/2 hours of rising times (3 different rising periods) but once you taste them you'll find the time was worth it. These rolls are of the "sweet" variety, as opposed to sourdough, and because of this will have no taste clash with whatever they are being served with.
Feel free to brush these with a little warm water and sprinkle some poppy seeds upon them for a festive look.
Ingredients needed for Dinner Rolls (serving amount depends on size):
4 ½ cups flour
¼ cup sugar
2 tsp. salt
2 ½ tsp. yeast
1 ¾ cups warm water
- In a large bowl, combine all the dough ingredients and stir to form a dough.
- Place the dough on a floured surface and knead 10 minutes. Place back into the bowl, cover and let rise 1 hour.
- While still in the bowl, punch the dough down, cover and let rise another hour.
- Punch the dough down and place on a floured surface. Divide the dough into 12 pieces and flatted each into a ½-inch thick round.
- Line a baking sheet wit parchment paper.
- Place the dough on the prepared sheet and let rest 30 minutes.
- Pre-heat oven to 450.
- Place in oven and bake 20 minutes or until lightly brown.
- Remove from oven and let cool on a rack.
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