Aunt Jo graduated from college, taught first grade, married and had a baby girl. Missing her mother she tried to remember the dinner roll recipe that her mother taught her. She practiced making it until she got it perfect. Obviously the thought of mama's dinner rolls brought her comfort.
I have been working on a cookbook of favorite family recipes and wanted to include a recipe for steakhouse bread. My children and I love the bread they serve at steakhouses. Our family did not eat out much so when we did go out it was a special treat. I thought that I would use our aunt Jo's original yeast dinner roll recipe as a foundation to make steakhouse dinner rolls. They turned out so wonderful I wanted to share it with you.
Step 1: Recipe
3/4 Cup molasses (don't use black strap)
1/4 Cup brown sugar
1/2 Cup Salted butter If using unsalted butter add salt to this recipe.
2 Packages of dry yeast regular
1 1/4 Cups warm tap water
1 Cup Almost heaping whole wheat flour
5 Cups unbleached white flour almost heaping
Pam or oil to grease pans.
Makes approximately 12 large dinner rolls.
If you are watching your sugar you may omit the brown sugar and 1/4 cup of the molasses but the bread will not be the dark color.
These are sweet dinner rolls.
Step 2: Utensils
Several different bowls
Measuring cups liquid and dry
Glass baking pan 9 X13 X 2 Pyrex works nicely. Glass pans will brown the bottoms of the rolls better.
If making an extra batch of rolls these can be frozen in a zip lock bag for about 6 months.
Remove frozen rolls from the freezer and thaw in Micro-wave when needed. I never microwave in plastic bags. I use glass containers.
Step 4: Yeast
I do not know why it is best to use a wooden spoon but it is.
Let stand for 10 minutes or until it is bubbly.
Step 6: Mix Liquids
Mix until smooth.
Step 7: Mix In the White Flour
Add the remaining water slowly as needed alternating the water and flour as you go.
Mix thoroughly until the dough is well mixed and all the water and flour is used.
Please note: The dough should be smooth and not sticky. It should be pliable and elastic.
After a total of 6 cups of flour have been worked into the dough to form a rather stiff dough, oil another bowl and place the dough in it and turn it over to get some of the oil on the other side. Cover it with a clean towel and place it in a warm place to rise away from drafts until it is double in size. Set the timer for 1 hour and check to see if it is double in size. If it has not risen double allow it to rise more. Mine took 2 hours. I do not know if altitude makes a difference or not.
If the dough seems too dry to form a ball add very small amounts of warm water as needed.
If the dough seems too wet and sticky slowly add small amounts of flour as needed. If the dough is too sticky the rolls will not have a nice rounded plump top.
Step 8: Punch Down The Dough
Place them in a warm place away from any drafts uncovered until they are plump filling the pan. This should take about 45 minutes. If you allow them to rise too much they will spill over the pan.
Set timer for 45 minutes and check on them. If they need to rise longer try 10 minutes and check on them again.
Step 9: Grease Pans
Step 10: Bake
Bake rolls for 15 minutes or until the crust makes a hollow sound when tapped.
It took my rolls 20 minutes.
Remove rolls from oven.
Spread the roll tops with butter to give it a nice golden brown look.
This will also soften the crust.
Let completely cool.
Cut the rolls carefully with a knife evenly, when you do this they fit into the bag like they came out of the oven. Very pretty.
Place into a freezer bag for up to 6 months.
Step 11: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts . . . .
I found a useful link about how to make bread and will add it to my cookbook. I am sharing it here: http://dinnercoop.cs.cmu.edu/dinnercoop/Recipes/breadtips.html.
Here is a copy cat recipe for Outback bread from aunt Jo's original recipe: http://www.instructables.com/id/Outback-Copy-Cat-Recipe-From-Aunt-Jo/. I have added aunt Jo's original recipe to this link. It is well worth checking out.
Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!