Monday, December 24, 2012

Instant Homemade Rolls

Ok so this recipe is not really "instant." But it is as close as I can find for homemade rolls. Seriously start to finish is about 30-40 minutes. Yes. Homemade rolls from scratch in about a 1/2 hour! Yum!

1 + 1/8 c. warm water (1/8 c. = 2 T.)
1/8 c. active dry yeast
1/4 c. sugar 
1/3 c. vegetable oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg
4-5 c. all-purpose flour (possibly more?)
1-2 T. butter (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine warm water, yeast and sugar; let rest for 5-10 minutes or until frothy and bubbly.  With a dough hook, mix in oil, salt, egg and 3 cups of flour until combined.  (With a KitchenAide, you can only go up to speed 2 once you add flour or you will burn out the motor.) Gradually add remaining flour until barely not sticky; if you add too much flour, the rolls will take a lot longer to rise but not enough will be too sticky to handle

Divide the dough into 12 equal (ish) portions then roll into balls. (Note: you could use this dough and make any shape of rolls you wanted. But we are going for the speedy method!) Place on lightly greased cookie sheet and let rest for 10 minutes.  (I placed my cookie sheet over the burner that is the heat exhaust for the oven. After about 5 minutes, I rotated the pan. This helped them rise better! If you added too much flour, just let them rise longer and they will still turn out!!) Bake for about 10 minutes or until tops are lightly golden.  Brush with melted butter right after taking out of the oven. (This will make the tops of the rolls softer. Sometimes I do this--sometimes I don't. Casey likes it better with the melted butter brushed on the top.)

Yield: 12 good-sized rolls. {Can also divide dough into 24ths for small dinner rolls.} 

This dough would also make great breadsticks, cinnamon rolls, etc.

Through trial and error, I created a 30 MINUTE HEALTHY ROLLS recipe. It is 100% whole wheat, fat-free, sugar-free and only has 100 calories per roll!! Be sure to check them out! :)

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