Thursday, July 16, 2009

Pillow-Soft Dinner Rolls

Along with the Light Wheat Rolls that I made for my coworker I also made a couple batches of these rolls. I wanted the guests at the wedding to have a choice of white or whole wheat but I also wanted to try out a couple new recipes. I liked this recipe because it was relatively quick to make and the ingredients were common pantry staples.

I made one batch of these following the original recipe and then I ran out of white flour so I made another batch with half whole wheat flour and half bread flour. The dough rose very quickly and had a really nice soft and velvety texture when shaping. Both batches turned out great. The rolls rose high and tasted delicious. I think that next time I make these I will try to sub butter for the shortening and see if they come out the same.

Pillow-Soft Dinner Rolls
Adapted from: Taste Of Home

~makes 24 rolls~

4-1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
2 cups warm milk (110° to 115°)
6 tablespoons shortening
2 eggs
1/4 cup sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
7 to 7-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, shortening, eggs, sugar, salt and 3 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes (dough will be sticky). Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into 24 pieces. Shape each into a roll. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks.


Jessica said...

I really love rolls/bread. I think you can officially be labeled the bread queen!

Kristi~Leigh said...

These look so good! I have never made rolls before. I wonder if it would be too bold to start with this recipe? I have watched my mom make them for years. I just might try it.

Sherri Murphy said...

I love Taste of Home recipes- They are always delicious. I'll try these- yours look perfect!

Amber said...

I still haven't made the first bread I posted about from your blog. I can't keep up..each time I think I am about to make the honey rolls you come out with another delicious recipe that makes my mouth water! I promised my oldest we would make bread from's going to happen! Thanks for sharing all your yummy recipes! I can't wait to try them all..........

That Girl said...

These do look so soft!

Bob said...

Very little is as good as a fresh baked roll. Those look wicked good!

Molly Jean said...

YUM! They turned out beautifully. You're pretty slick with breads... I'm jealous!

Mary Ellen said...

These are beautiful! I have never made bread but have bookmarked a few of your recipes and need to go make use of my dad's KA mixer!

Laura said...

These remind me of the rolls they used to bake in the school cafeteria (yeah - they had a great cafeteria here. REAL homemade food. When the entire high school population is only 200 people - they can do that!)
They were delicious - melt in your mouth. I've been looking for something similar for a long time. Will definitely have to try these out!

Jade said...

These look so good!! I have never made rolls before, but will give these a try

Katy ~ said...

Amber, these rolls do look pillow soft! Well done!

A Cooking Bookworm said...

Mmmm! These look so good! I love making (and eating) homemade rolls - I could NEVER go on a low carb diet! :-)

Found you while food blog searching! Added you to my blog's blogroll :-)

Julie said...

I started salivating immediately when I looked at that pic. Wonderful!

Karine said...

They look great! You did a wonderful job!

Amber said...

Hi Amber! This is an amazing recipe! It was so easy! I tried substituting the shortening with butter and the results were fantastic! It was a huge hit with my family and will definitely be on the table this Christmas! Thank you so much!