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I love baking, especially because I love the smell of baking. And nothing is better than the smell of homemade bread or rolls in the oven. I used to be really intimidated by baking bread or rolls of any kind. It never seemed to work out for me. Then, a couple of years ago, we decided to get ourselves out of debt which put us on a really tight grocery budget. We couldn’t afford to buy frozen dinner rolls any longer. And I missed having them with our dinners. So I did a little digging, and a bunch of experimenting, to find an easy recipe for rolls. I found two that we love. One is written to be used with a bread machine and then this one can be done by hand or with a mixer.
These are dense, fluffy, and so easy. In fact, the mixer does most of the work for you.
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 package rapid rise yeast
- 2 Tbs sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ c milk
- ¼ c water
- 2 Tbs butter or margerine
- Combine ¾ cup flour, undissolved yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Heat milk, water and butter until very warm (120 degrees to 130 degrees F). Add to flour mixture. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add ¼ cup flour; beat 2 minutes at high speed. Stir in enough remaining flour to make soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cover; let rest 10 minutes.Divide dough into 12 equal pieces; shape into balls. Place in greased 8-inch round pan. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 30 minutes. Bake in preheated 375 degrees F oven for 20 minutes or until done. Remove from pan; brush with additional melted butter, if desired. Serve warm.