They're shaped more like biscuits and very easy to handle, so this is a good recipe for bread noobs. :)
Step 1: Ingredients + Tools
- 1 tbsp dry active yeast
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 2 tbsp melted butter
- 3/4 cup warm water (115-120 F)
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- hand mixer
- rolling pin
- baking sheet
- clean towel
- large bowl
- cooling rack
- 375 F oven
Step 2: Dry Ingredients.
Step 3: Wet Ingredients.
I tend to use the hottest water I can get out of my tap, and I use a probe thermometer to make sure it's between 115-120 F. I like to be sure.
Step 4: Mix!
The mixture should be very smooth at the end - and, if your yeast has activated properly, it will be smelling nice and yeasty.
Step 5: Add in More Flour.
Dump in no more than half of the reserved flour and mix with a spatula, scraping down the sides and folding until all the flour is absorbed. Check the consistency - if it's still wet and very stringy, add more flour and mix. See the difference between photos 3 and 4? Three still doesn't have enough flour, and four is right where it needs to be.
Step 6: Kneading!
You'll want to use the rest of your flour to sprinkle over a clean work surface and to dust your hands so the dough does not stick to everything.
To knead the dough form in into a nice rounded lump with your hands, place it on the work surface, and push the dough away from you with the heels of your hands and then fold it up and over onto itself turn it 90 degrees, and do the whole thing again. A video makes much more sense than all that, though, so here it is:
Make sure to keep the surface and your hands nicely floured during the entire process. :)
Step 7: Resting.
Step 8: Rolling and Cutting.
Roll the dough out so it's a little thinner than a 1/2 inch. This might take a few tries - your dough will have a mind of its own.
Grab a glass from the cupboard, and cut out your rolls. If the dough sticks, put some flour on the rim of the glass.
Re-roll the dough and repeat until all the dough has been used. Depending on the size of your glass, you can get anywhere from 8-12 rolls.
Step 9: Rising and Preheating
Preheat your oven to 375 F.
Let the rolls rise until they double in size - I've made a little collage so ya'll can see what to look for. :) This should take 30 minutes if they're in a good warm place, or up to 45 if it's a little cooler where they are.
Step 10: Baking!
Take them out of the oven and cool on a rack for a few minutes and then enjoy with copious amounts of butter.