Sunday, March 28, 2010

Shaped Dinner Rolls

I love this dinner roll recipe, they look so pretty and are pretty simple to make. You can even make the day before and they will still be relatively soft. For tips on shaping check out this site. I was too lazy to diagram step by step- but if you know how to roll a snake out of dough and tie a knot or braid you can figure it out...

2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
1 cup warm milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 teaspoon dough enhancer (optional)
3-4 cups flour

Egg glaze
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon water

1) Microwave milk and butter just until milk is warm. Mix with yeast and sugar in bowl and let sit until foamy.

2) Mix in egg, salt, and dough enhancer. Add flour gradually until dough starts to form into a ball and cleans the side of the bowl. The dough should be soft not sticky.
3) Cover and let rise in a warm place until double in size, about 1 hour.
4) Shape into balls or roll into long thin "snakes" and tie in a knot or braid.
5) Let rise until double- about 30-40 minutes. I like to let them rise in the oven because it can sometimes disturb the dough when you try to remove the cover.
6) In small bowl mix egg yolk with water. Gently brush tops of rolls with mixture, careful not to make them fall. Sprinkle tops with sesame seed or poppyseeds. Bake in preheated 425 degree oven for 15-18 minutes. Tops will be golden brown.
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