Once upon a time, when we were all a bit younger, our sister Elyse was hungry. Our mom was gone and I was left in charge of babysitting my five younger sisters, which was sometimes more than my teenage self could handle.
Elyse wanted not just any snack, but a warm roll.
Unfortunately, there were no homemade rolls in your house, except for some frozen dough balls in the freezer.
At this point in our lives, we had barely learned how to turn the oven on, so baking them was out of the question- but that wasn’t about to stop Elyse.
She pulled that dough ball out of the freezer, placed it in the microwave, set the timer for about 5 minutes (because that seemed like a good amount of time to cook a frozen dough blob), and waited for her warm roll to finish cooking.
Well, right before the frozen roll was finished, the dough started to smoke and then it burst into flames.
I am not sure what made that little dough ball spontaneously combust, but her plans of a warm roll were ruined and she had to explain to our parents why the microwave now had a dark spot in the middle of it. 😉
My luck with homemade rolls has been about the same as Elyse’s . . . they always seem to be burned or just don’t turn out right. I finally made the leap and got myself a Bosch, which is supposed to be the key ingredient to making amazing homemade bread. I have mastered one bread recipe and decided to give rolls a try. For a first attempt, I was pretty impressed! This recipe is so easy and the rolls are delicious.
1 package active dry yeast (equal to 2 1/4 teaspoons)
1/2 cup warm water
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
6 cups all-purpose flour
Pour milk into a small saucepan and over medium heat, bring to a simmer. Remove saucepan from the stove, stir in the butter and sugar and set aside to let it cool.
In a separate bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and let sit until foamy. Combine milk mixture, eggs, yeast, salt, and 3 cups of the flour in a mixer (I used my Bosch ) with the dough attachment and mix until smooth. Add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, and stir until a smooth ball forms.
Remove dough from the bowl and knead by hand on a floured surface (it also helps to have flour on your hands too!) for about 5 minutes. Place dough in a large bowl sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size (about 60 to 75 minutes).
Remove the dough from the bowl and on a floured surface, punch down the dough and shape into desired shapes (I just made little balls for rolls). Place on a large cookie sheet (15x10x1") that has been covered with wax paper or a silicone baking sheet . Cover dough and let rise until doubled in size (about 30 to 40 minutes).
Preheat the oven 350 degrees and remove covering from rolls. Bake for about 20 minutes or until rolls start to turn golden brown. Remove from the oven and brush with melted butter before serving (completely optional, but it is delicious!).