Thank you, thank you to Heather at The Healing Homemaker for this great recipe. I don’t know about you, but I love fresh rolls! Today Heather is sharing a recipe from her college years! Homemade Rolls PDF recipe
This roll recipe has been with me since my college days at BYU. I love it because it is quick and easy and pretty much foolproof. We used to bake these to bring the boys running, then I snagged my hubby with them (and a few of my other stellar recipes) and now my kids say I make the best rolls ever. I tell you what, these are some powerful rolls;) Once you start making your own rolls you will wonder how you ever ate those hard, over-processed and overpriced store bought ones! This recipe is also really flexible. You can make it in the time frames listed below or give it more time to rise for extra height. This recipe makes 18-24 rolls.
Preheat oven to 375° F. This will help create some warmth in your kitchen for rising the dough. In a large bowl mix together 1 ½ c. water (hot to the touch), ¼ c. oil, ¼ c. – ½ c. sugar and 2 tbsp. yeast. Put mixture in a warm spot for 15 minutes.
It should look something like this after those 15 minutes. See all those beautiful bubbles? That means the yeast is doing it’s job.
Add 1 tsp. salt and 2 1/2 cups flour; mix. And then add another 2 cups flour; knead until mixed and elastic. For me this is around 5 minutes or so in my kitchenaid. Then throw a towel over it and let it rise for 10-15 minutes or more.
Now it’s looking like some serious fun! I have to note that this is a double batch of these rolls, so if yours isn’t rising over the top of your kitchenaid, bowl do not fret:)
Shape the dough into individual rolls. Place on cookie sheet previously sprayed with cooking spray if your pans tend to stick. You can also use a 9×13 pan if you like the pull-apart style better. I usually am doing ten other things while I make these rolls, but a trick I learned for making your rolls look a little prettier is to tuck all the lose ends under them, kind of like a balloon tie. Grab a scoop from the bowl and then pinch everything underneath so you get a nice smooth top. Let rise for 10-15 minutes or more. You can see from the pictures below how much it will rise in a short amount of time. Bake at 375° F for 10-15 minutes or until lightly brown.
As soon as they come out, I rub a little butter on top to give it that golden shine. Then throw some homemade jam on these bad boys and you are done!
What is your favorite part about homemade rolls? Watching the dough rise? The buttery softness? All of the above?