Behold- THE ultimate bread roll recipe that will be sure to dazzle your special occasion (or regular occasion) with warm, fluffy goodness.
I am not one to boast about anything I make or do (aside from having one of the sweetest and most adorable babies in the world) BUT I just have to share this recipe. I promise, you will not try a better bread roll (and this is coming from someone who is unashamed of her love for bread!)
When I first got married, I was gifted with an exciting new culinary tool…a bread machine! Shortly after my November wedding, I decided that one of my contributions for Thanksgiving dinner would be some homemade rolls with my new bread machine. I began with a recipe that I have since tweaked enough over the years to surely say it has been perfected. One of my favorite parts about making these rolls, is that my younger brother probably eats at least four…they’re that good! It is now forever kept and semi-annually used in my fancy little “favorite recipe” cookbook!
1.) 3/4 cup milk, slightly warmed
2.) 6 tbsp. butter, softened
3.) 1 large egg, slightly beaten
4.) 3 cups all-purpose flour (or bread flour, if you’d like)
5.) 1/4 cup granulated sugar
6.) 1 tsp. salt
7.) 1.5 tsp. active dry yeast
Directions (so easy, by the way!)
1.) Place the ingredients in the above order, into your bread machine (starting with milk, ending with yeast.) It should look like this:
2.) Set your bread machine to the “dough” setting, then clean up your work station and take a break (the dough will take about an hour and a half!)
Your dough should look like this: (if not, let it rise for a little bit so it can get nice and “puffy!”)
3.) Remove your dough! If you don’t plan to use it immediately, it can be stored for up to 24 hours, just make sure it’s in an air-tight container (I prefer a bowl with plastic wrap to cover it.)
4.) Cut your dough into as many even pieces as possible. In this batch, I ended up making 18 rolls. (Next step is my technique to making them into cute little “ball” shapes!)
5.) To get the desired “shape” I press the smoothest side of the dough into my palm, pinching the pieces all around and pressing them into the middle. This part will go down on the baking sheet.
Your rolls should all be able to fit onto one baking sheet! I highly recommend using a silpat if you can, otherwise, make sure your sheet is greased or has parchment underneath.
6.) Gently brush your rolls with a little bit of extra butter (to your preference.) They’re ready to go into the preheated 400 degree oven for 10-15 minutes, or until all rolls have a nice, golden-brown look going on.
Your rolls should come out looking like this:
7.) Enjoy! 🙂
I truly hope you enjoy these as much as my family and I do! They’re easy, pretty fun to prepare, and make your home smell sooooo good! It will be fun when Hadley is old enough to help me make them, but in the meantime, I definitely let her enjoy just a few nibbles during her first Thanksgiving anyways! 🙂