Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sweet Rolls

These are my go to roll when it comes to holiday meals.  I love it, its easy, but at the same time complicated, and tastes awesome with some good old honey butter. 

Sweet Rolls

3 cups milk
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons yeast
2 eggs well beaten
6-8 cups of flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 very large bowls

Scald the milk. Melt the butter in it. Pour into a very large bowl(you will be rising the bread in this, at least for the first rise), add sugar, stir to dissolve. Let sit until you can put a finger in it and it doesn't burn you. You don't want it cold, but you don't want it hot. If you have ever made a baby's bottle, this is the temperature you are going for. Once it hits that temperature, stir in the yeast. Let sit for 5 minutes so that the yeast can wake up and eat a bit.

Whisk in the eggs. Now with a heavy wooden spoon, stir in 2 cups of flour. Then stir in the baking powder and a third cup of flour. Oil the top of the mixture and wait for it to double in size. Once it has risen, gently punch down with your fingers until the dough is all at the bottom of the bowl. Add a cup or two of the flour to the bowl and knead the dough in the bowl until it can come out and onto the tablet to be kneaded. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 2-3 minutes, adding flour only as needed to avoid sticking. You don't want to overwork it, but you want to make it all come together. Let rise until doubles in size. All rising really depend on your yeast, your kitchen, etc. It should take an hour or so.

Once risen, shape the dough into rolls. I haven't made it into loaves or anything else, so I don't know how it works as anything but a roll.

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