Nothing says comfort food like bread. Am I not wrong? Sometimes, indulging in fluffy white bread loaded with butter is what we all should be doing. 100% yes!!! These rolls are great on their own, with soups, salads or even to used for mini sandwiches. Take a look!
Way back the beginning of January, I woke up and decided I needed to take a serious look at my diet. Like a serious look. For me, that's not easy because I love to cook whatever I want and eat the same way. In moderation of course...ha! However, climbing up the ladder (the age ladder that is), my body is screaming at me to make some "minor" changes. So, I took this in check on the 1st of January. Yes, I know, doomed to failure as how many of us start out in January about to change the world? Exactly. Like I said, doomed to failure.
I made a plan for myself to write down what I eat in a day. FYI, I never ever do stuff like this. I am just a regular person with a regular diet and a regular exercise plan. All in moderation, right? I cook all my own food from scratch most of the time, and although I love to bake, I don't indulge too often. Well, that was what I thought. So, I did this writing down of food for a full week. Every single bite. Tedious. I was just curious. I wasn't counting calories, or fat, or sugar or anything else. I just really wanted to see what the damage was.
I gotta' say, I was kind of shocked. I eat that much crap! So be it home made crap, but just way too much of everything. So, it was a good wake up call for me to get a better balance. Since that first week of January, I really have been paying more attention to all my meals and snacks. In a healthy way, not in a over the top, out of control obsessive compulsive way. Eeeek!
How do I feel? Honestly, better. I am still eating all the stuff I cook, just making sure I get the balance right. Which means more chocolate and wine right? Trust me there is chocolate and wine. In my world, life just doesn't exist without the two.
Which brings me to bread, my other love.
If I knew bread were the best think I could put into my body like spinach or kale, I could probably live off it. No joke, I really think I could. I haven't met a bread I didn't like. I love it all. There is nothing better than warm home made bread straight out of the oven smothered in butter. Now that really does bring me back to my childhood. How many other people came home from school with the smell of fresh bread wafting out through the front door? There was nothing better in the the world. Nothing.
As much as I love bread, I am not in the kitchen knocking out loaf after loaf. But I do usually make something bread...ish about once a week. It could be nann bread, loaf bread, baguette bread, or rolls like you see here. But my limit is generally one bread making session a week. As there are four of us living under this roof, it doesn't usually last long. So the temptation is removed from my little fingers quickly. Ummm, looking down at my fingers now they really don't look that small. Anyway, another story. I don't do too well with food hanging around staring at me and taunting me. So when I make something, I just hope and pray that it's gets gobbled up by the other three before I am left alone with it. I have said this before, discipline is not my strong suit.
Let's see what these bread rolls are all about.
I have probably been making dinner rolls off and on for about two decades. Yes, that long. And I KNOW I am getting old. Where's the wine? Anyway, I have had mixed successes with different recipes and different methods. I have persisted with adding, taking way, then adding again until I found something I really liked. And these, I really like!
If you love a good bread roll, why not try these. They really are not that difficult, they just take time.
A little bit about making the rolls.
First of all, always use good strong flour. If you use pastry flour, you will not get a good bread. Fact. You can choose to use fresh yeast, if that is your preference, but I always use dry yeast. And lately I have gotten into instant dry yeast, which I really love, You just add that directly to the flour mixture. I have never ever had it let me down. It's great stuff.
You do need a warm place for bread to rise. This proves problematic in Spanish houses in the winter. As there is no central heating and the houses are generally the same temperature as outside. I would like to point out that this week we had temperatures plummet to just about freezing. Seriously. So, bread making in my case, needs to be by a gas heater or the wood burner. So rising time does vary. I would say anywhere between 1/2 hour to 1 hour and you dough should have doubled in size. Then of course, as these are dinner rolls, they have to do a second rise. So, they are not quick. From start to eating, we are talking about 3 hours. If you compare that to sour dough bread, it's pretty quick!
This dough will be quite sticky, but it is meant to be that way. So, when you are kneading the dough, you will probably need to add a little more flour so it doesn't stick to your hands too much. I generally always coat my hand with flour when kneading dough. It helps. Be careful not to add too much flour. I am merely talking about a dusting. If you do this, you should be able to knead your dough to perfection.
They really are a great dinner roll and worth making. And with the freezing temperatures, I just might be making another batch today with some warming soup.
Happy cooking and have a great Saturday!
Fluffy White Dinner Rolls
Makes 15 / Prep time: 20 minutes / Rise time: 2 hours / Bake time: 20 minutes
4 Cups/500 grams strong bread making flour
2 Tablespoon sugar
1 Tablespoon instant dry yeast
1 1/2 Teaspoon salt
3/4 Cup/180 ml water
2/3 Cup/160 ml milk
3 Tablespoon butter, cut into small pieces
Extra melted butter for brushing the rolls
In a large bowl, add the flour, sugar, salt and yeast. Stir and set aside.
In a medium saucepan set over medium to low heat, add the milk, water and butter. Stir until the butter is pretty soft and the mixture is hot to touch. Remove from heat.
Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in the milk mixture. Using a fork or spoon, start mixing the flour into the milk. Continue doing this until it is completely combined. Dough may be sticky.
Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 5-8 minutes. This dough is will probably be sticky and that is okay. Use little bits of flour while you knead the dough if you find it is too sticky.
Place the dough back into the bowl and cover with a damp tea towel. Leave it in a warm place to rise for about an hour. The dough should double in size.
Punch the dough down and then divide it into 15 equal parts. Gently roll each one into a ball.
Lightly grease a deep sided 16 x 10 inch baking dish. Evenly place the dough balls in the baking dish. Cover and leave in a warm place to rise for another hour or until it has doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. When the rolls are ready, place them in the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes or until they are golden.
Remove from oven and brush with extra melted butter. Can be enjoyed straight away.
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