Saturday, November 7, 2009

Make Ahead Butter Rich Rolls

Several months ago I was on a search for a great dinner roll recipe where I could freeze the unbaked dough and just bake as many as I wanted at each meal. We love the taste of having homemade rolls with our supper and it's much easier, cheaper and healthier to make them from scratch. I love recipes from America's Test Kitchen, but I tried several times making their rolls and they did not cook well after freezing. I have made this recipe many, many times during the last few months and have never been disappointed!

Some quick notes about this recipe: I use my Kitchen Aid standup mixer with the dough hook to mix the dough and to knead it for the 10 minutes. If you don't have a standup mixer, I'm sure the recipe will do just fine my hand mixing and the hand kneading. I use one package of Hodgson Mills fast-rise yeast. Usually I make the cloverleaf shaped rolls, but I tend to make them in about 1 ounce pieces. I never make the egg glaze, although putting on a little bit of salted butter on top before cooking makes it have a nice texture and flavour. I find that it doesn't take near the time specified time to cook the rolls, less than 8 minutes definitely.

If you have any questions about the recipe let me know!

Make Ahead Butter-Rich Rolls

1 cup milk (110 degrees F.)

1/2 cup butter, room temperature

1/4 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs, room temperature and lightly beaten

3/4 teaspoon salt

4 cups bread flour*

3 teaspoons instant yeast (I use Red Star Instant Active Dry Yeast)

Egg Glaze (see recipe below), optional

* You can also substitute whole wheat flour or rye flour for some of the bread flour.

Lightly grease baking pans, baking sheet, or muffin pans; set aside.
Place all ingredient (in order given), except Egg Glaze, in bread pan of your bread machine. Select dough setting and press start. When dough cycle has finished, remove dough from pan and turn out onto a lightly oiled surface (I use a non-stick cooking spray. Form dough into an oval, cover with plastic wrap, and let rest for 10 minutes.

NOTE: Check the dough (don't be afraid to open the lid). It should form a nice elastic ball. If you think the dough is too moist, add additional flour (a tablespoon at a time). The same is true if the dough is looking dry and gnarly. Add warm water (a tablespoon at a time). If you can't judge your dough by looking, stick your finger in and feel the dough. It should be slightly tacky to the touch.

Standup Mixer: In a large bowl or in the bowl of a 5 quart stand mixer, combine all the ingredients in the order given except the Egg Glaze. Using a dough hook, mix everything together until a soft dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a lightly oiled surface (I use a nonstick cooking spray), and knead until elastic, approximately 10 minutes. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rest for 10 minutes.

After resting, shape the dough as desired (see Types of Rolls below).
For 16 small rolls - weigh dough into 2-ounce pieces.
For 13 large rolls - weigh dough into 3-ounce pieces.
Shape pieces of dough into balls and place in two greased 8-inch cake pans or large baking pan.

Refrigerating or Freezing Unbaked Butter Rolls:
At this point, the rolls can be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated overnight (I've actually made them two days in advance) or frozen for 1 month. Before baking, allow rolls to thaw completely and rise in a warm place if frozen. I have found that I have to take the unbaked frozen rolls out of the freezer 3 to 4 hours before planning to bake. I just put the frozen rolls (container and rolls) on my counter (not in the refrigerator) and let thaw and rise.
You can also freeze shaped dinner rolls on a cookie sheet, and once frozen transfer to a plastic bag. this way you can bake up just the quantity you desire for dinner and not the entire batch.
If refrigerated, they can be either baked upon removing from the refrigerator or let come to a room temperature (I've done both ways). They do a slow rise overnight and it is not necessary to let them come to room temperature before baking.

Bake Immediately After Making:
Cover rolls and let rise in a warm place for approximately 45 to 60 minutes or until doubled in size (after rising, rolls should be touching each other and the sides of the pan). After rising and before baking, brush rolls with Egg Glaze (see below recipe).

Convection Oven - Preheat convection oven to 350 degrees F. Bake in a convection oven approximately 15 to 20 minutes until they are a light golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Regular Oven - Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Baked in a regular oven approximately 20 to 25 minutes in a regular oven until they are a light golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Makes approximately 13 to 16 rolls (depending on size).

NOTE: This recipe is also excellent to use for sandwich or hamburger buns. If using a 1-pound bread machine, cut the recipe in half.

EGG GLAZE: 1 egg white, beaten1 tablespoon water
In a small bowl, combine (whisk together) egg white and water.

Types Of Rolls:

CLOVERLEAF ROLLS - Form dough into one-inch balls. Place three balls into each greased muffin cup. Brush with melted butter.

CRESCENT-SHAPED ROLLS - Roll dough into a twelve-inch circle, about one-fourth-inch thick. Spread with melted butter. Cut into sixteen wedges. Roll up, beginning at rounded edge. Place rolls, with point underneath, onto greased baking sheet, curving slightly. Brush with butter.

PARKER HOUSE ROLLS - Roll dough into an oblong shape, about one-fourth inch thick. Cut into three-inch circles and brush with melted butter. Make a crease across each circle; fold so top half overlaps slightly. Press edges together. Place close together onto greased baking pan. Brush with butter.

ROUND ROLLS - After resting, shape the dough into 24 tight balls between the palm of your hands. NOTE: To make uniform rolls, weigh the dough into 2 ounces each. As you shape the rolls, stretch the top of the dough ball while simultaneously sealing the bottom. This stretching helps the dough hold up to the expansion that occurs in the oven, and the sealing prevents the roll from opening up while baking. As you make each roll, transfer the roll to a non-sticking baking sheet

The original recipe has been taken from this website.

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