Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Virginia Light Rolls

I like to experiment with bread recipes until I find one that I absolutely adore! This is one of those recipes! It's from THE BREAD LOVER'S Bread Machine Cookbook, by Beth Hensperger.

Virginia Light Rolls
-1 cup plus 1 Tbls Milk
-3 Tbls honey
-2 Large Eggs
-6 Tbls butter, cut into pieces

-4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
-1 1/2 tsp salt

-2 tsp SAF yeast OR
2 1/2 tsp bread machine yeast

*Place all the indgredients in the pan according to manufacture's instructions. Program machine for DOUGH cycle and press START.
-Dough ball will be soft, but after a few minutes of kneading, if it is to "wet" add no more than 2 to 3 extra TBLS of flour, you still want it to be somewhat "wet" or soft.

*Remove dough from pan and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. (I always use my Tupperware Pastry Mat for this) I just take some flour by hand, or cup, spoon, whatever (or my Pampered Chef shaker) throw it on the mat/counter and just kinda rub it around some, then take dough and dump it out of the pan.

Just punch it a time or two and throw it around, you don't have to roll it out here if you don't want to. Divide dough in half (I use a little knife to cut it)

Set one half to the side, cover with upside down bowl, or just throw your bread machine pan on top of it while you work with the other dough.

*To make Crescent Rolls: Take the divided half and roll it out with rolling pin, my little helper is my 3 yr old son! cut dough into a pizza, 1st go up and down, side to side and then cut the triangles, (I hope that made sense!)

*Take the longest end and start rolling up from there

*If you just want regular round rolls, just cut into equal portion numbers and roll around in your hand, the wonderful thing about homemade is you don't want it to look perfect, imperfections are okay. After all, if you have little hands helping you (and I really hope they are!) then you won't even notice the differences in the rolls when you see that big smile on their cute little faces :)

*Put on baking sheet and spread about 1 TBLS melted butter over the tops with a pastry brush, or just take your fingers and dip and spread, kids' love that! cover with a clean dish towel and let rise for 45 minutes.

After it has risen, bake at 350 in a pre-heated oven for 18-20 minutes. Put some honey butter on them and enjoy!

Goes great with any meal :)

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