Sep 27, 2013

Quick Dinner Rolls (without a stand mixer)

I bookmarked this recipe so many months back but knowing my history with bread, I was afraid to try it. Its so pretty like a flower with bread petals. Anyway, yesterday I decided to give it a try. While the result was a soft, light bread, the process without a stand mixer was totally icky. Thanks to my friends T,O and B for helping me with very good advice!

I followed this recipe  but I made several changes to make it by hand and to reduce the number of rolls.

My rolls were not perfectly round!

Rising to double the size

Served with tomato pepper soup.

Ingredients -
Active dry yeast - 1 packet
Warm water - 3/4 cup
Honey - 1/4 cup
Butter - 1/4 cup
Egg - 1
A pinch of salt
Flour - 3 3/4 cups

Method -

1. Soak the yeast in lukewarm water for 5 minutes.

2. Melt the butter in the microwave. I used a kadai for mixing but you can use a glass bowl.

3. Add the yeast/water mixture, butter, honey, egg and salt in a bowl and mix well.

4. Now add flour one scoop (upto 3 scoops )at a time and mix. I mixed with a spoon while it was liquidish but once it comes together, ditch the spoon.

5. Sprinkle a bit of the last 3/4 cup of flour. Flour your hands, fold in the dough. Sprinkle flour again and fold. Repeat this process until the dough is springy and mostly non-sticky.

6. Make a big disc and cut the dough into equal portions. This recipe makes seven big rolls. Arrange in a greased skillet.

7. If you kitchen is warm, leave this to rise for 30-40 mts. If not, I preheated the oven and left the bowl in to rise.

8. After 40 minutes, the dough balls must be doubled in size. Now bake them in the oven for 20 minutes (I baked for 18) at 400F.

Serve with soup. Would make very good pav bhaji too!

If you do not like to touch stuff with your hands, you are in for trouble. I washed my hands about twenty times because yeasty dough is sticky and they get on everything. If you have a kitchen aid stand mixer, then life became easier for you. Other than the one drawback, its a very very very easy recipe and a very rewarding one. Hope you love it as much as I do. I am still not over the thrill of actually producing bread in my own kitchen. Its a wonderful feeling!

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