I’m not much of a baker, never really have been. Before starting this blog, I think my baking was limited to cornbread or maybe dropping some ingredients into a bread machine. Occasionally, I’ll make my Mom’s banana nut bread. But cookies? Not so much. Cakes? Never. Pies? Not on your life. But this blog has pushed me to try new things, expand my horizons, and let me tell you…..it’s kind of fun. These dinner rolls aren’t difficult to make. They are super simple. In fact, you don’t even need a stand mixer or electric mixer. You can do it all by hand. And they are super cheap. I bet you have everything in your house right now to make these….well, maybe not the yeast. Depends on how much you bake.
(makes 1 dozen rolls)
- 1 package of yeast (or 2 1/4 tsp yeast)
- 1 cup warm water, divided
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 tbsp oil
- 2 cups flour
- Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup warm water. Allow mixture to sit for 5-10 minutes, giving the yeast time to do its thing. It should get all bubbly.
- Dissolve sugar in remaining 3/4 cup warm water.
- To the yeast mixture, add salt and oil.
- Slowly sift in flour and then add the sugar/water mixture.
- Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes until smooth and elastic. Add more flour to your surface if dough begins to stick.
- Cover and let rise until double in size, should take about 20 -30 minutes. (I like to turn the light on in my oven and place the dough as close to it as possible during the rise)
- Flour hands, pinch off pieces of dough and roll in flour.
- Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 400F for 15-20 minutes. If desired, brush rolls with melted butter after 10 minutes.
When rolls are done, slather with butter and serve with dinner…..if you can wait that long. I had to try one right away to see how it came out. Couldn’t wait one second longer.
We served up the Simple Dinner Rolls with some Hanging Chicken Legs, a link of sausage, some home made pasta that Mrs. G whipped up (would you like the recipe for that?) and some green beans. Mrs. G isn’t a big fan of bread or rolls, but she took one bite and quickly put two on her plate, mumbling about how good they were. That in itself says something to me and made me smile. If you are hesitant to make your own rolls, I encourage you to try these. Super simple, super cheap, but the results are so worth it (and much better than store bought ones). Try them, your family will thank you for them.
***I was going to try to make these on the Big Green Egg, but I got a late start on dinner, so for ease they got tossed in the oven while the chicken was cooking on the Egg. I still think they would work on the Egg and I’m determined to try and make them on it next time. I’ll let ya know how that works out.***