How To Make Soft Dinner Rolls, Or Bread at Home
Breads, Breads, Breads!
There is nothing like the aroma of bread baking in the oven as you enter a house, in a cool fall day. The best kind of breads, I find, are the one that has been baked at home with love, and care. You will either make bread because you are forced to make it, like in the stores, or you love to make it, like at home. And then there are those who are forced to make it at home!
In any case, I love to try out different recipes, and then come up with my own. This recipe, that I haven't given a name yet, is what I like making and I usually throw everything in without measuring, but for here I will try to give out the measurement.
These rolls, (can be made into a bread, but I prefer making rolls, as they cook faster), come out nice and soft with a slight sweet taste.
2 cup regular flour,
2 cup wheat flour (brown), and little bit more,
Tbsp, or one pack of active dry yeast
1/3 cup of sugar
1/4 tsp of salt
1/4 cup oil (canola, or corn)
1 1/4 cup very warm water (more or less)
Or you can use butter if you prefer butter
1/2 cup powdered carnation milk, or any other brand.
Powdered milk is the secret ingredient in this recipe. I find using the powdered milk instead of regular milk, gives it a nice flavor, and texture.
Method is pretty simple
You can use the manual way of mixing and kneading with hands, or use the kitchenaid.
Combine all the dry ingredients together, and mix them well. Mix the egg and the oil together. Combine the egg mixture, and the water to the dry mixture separately in batches. Do not pour all the water at once. You might no need all the water, or you might need more.
If the dough seems too wet, add some flour to it, and if it looks too dry then add water to it little at a time. Once the dough seems smooth (pic), knead it for 10 min by hand or with the mixture.
Once done, transfer it to an oiled bowl, or do like I do, use the same bowl that you used for kneading. Cover it, and let it rise for an hour. If you live in a cold climate like me, then do this, turn your oven on to 200F, and heat it up for 8 to 10 min. You can start the oven while you are kneading the dough. Shut it off and stick your covered dough in the oven.
After it has risen, it should be almost double in size, take it out on a floured surface, and shape them the way you want. Put them on a baking try to leave it for another 15 min. You can glace the tops of the rolls with either butter, egg, or milk.
Preheat the oven to 375F. Bake the rolls for 18 to 20 min., or until they turn golden brown. Take them out and enjoy.