I mean really, who? Warm, soft, buttery, yeasty…
One of the best things about going to the buffet restaurants isn’t the food – I mean, its okay, but it’s buffet, you know? But there is one thing they do really, really well and that’s yeast rolls. There is just nothing like it. I love a good biscuit, but sometimes you just want that extra something that a yeast roll provides.
And slathered with butter while still hot inside? Yes, please!
This recipe uses a stand mixer with a dough hook. You could just as easily use a large capacity bread machine, but check first – this takes 6 cups of flour. I would suggest warming the milk, and letting the butter soften to room temp before starting, just to kick start the process.
I let this dough rise in the oven because that’s the least drafty place in my kitchen. What with the doors open shut open shut open etc all day long, you get the point. I start a preheat for just about 2 minutes, just long enough for the gas to kick on good. Cut it off, and place the pan in the oven to rise. And by the way – that bowl? Not big enough. I happened to glance in the oven window about an hour into the rise and saw the dough creeping over the side! Use a BIG bowl.
Once the first rise is done, punch down the dough, split it in half. Split each of those halves in half. Now take each of the half halves and pinch into 6 rolls. Just pinch it off – don’t roll it or work it if you can help it. Make an ‘OK’ sign and use that circle of your thumb and forefinger to pinch off your individual rolls. Place them on a large baking sheet for the second rise.
As these are baking, your kitchen will fill with the most buttery, yeasty aroma. You’ll be dreaming of more butter and honey, or dippin’ gravy… The link says you can freeze these, but I don’t really think they will last that long here. I can eat several, and I know the spouse can polish off 3-4 at a sitting. Brush them with butter the minute the come out of the oven, and then try not to burn your fingers as you pull them apart.
This is a great dough recipe to try if you are new to the bread game. Enjoy!