I love freshly made bread, warm from the oven, cosy in my palms, and the smell that seems to tell me that my day would go great. (Mmm… I like to eat mine with ham and cheese!) I love brioche and croissants from Tiong Bahru Bakery, sourdough (especially for pizza dough), soft and fluffy Hokkaido milk bread, brown rice bread from Provence, dinner rolls, and even, white bread. Mmm…
My kids have inherited my love for bread, and that’s why I want to bake my own bread. I want them to be able to enjoy the taste of freshly baked loaves. At the same time, I’m not keen about spending half my day in the kitchen. (Thankfully, they are not into complicated types of bread with nuts and seeds, just plain bread.)
Dinner Rolls: Bready or Not, Here I Crumb
That brings me to hours on the Internet, scouring for the perfect dinner roll recipe to add to my list of quick and easy recipes. (Here’s another recipe my kids love and is so easy to make.) It’s the yeast I can do! And I don’t ask for very much. I just want my buns to be yummy, light and fluffy, and easy and fast to make.
A bread maker is an easy and fantastic way to make bread with. However, I do not enjoy the density it creates. I need something lighter, and that brings me to dinner rolls. These unassuming rolls of goodness are light, soft, fluffy, and they melt in your mouth. Dinner rolls are perfect for the young and old, and the in-between. In other words, they are so easy to eat, literally.
Homemade with Love
This dinner roll recipe was adapted from another recipe I found. It’s simple. No need for any fancy appliances. Since I started baking it, my children, who prefer soft, white crusted bread, have requested for these soft dinner rolls every week. One would eat it with just ham, and the other with butter.
The recipe creates a flavour that leans on the sweet side. It makes 12 rolls and our family of four would polish off all within a day. However, if you can’t finish everything you baked in a day, you can still eat the rest on the next day. Though the rolls would have become slightly dry, you’d still get the fluffy texture.
Makes 12 rolls
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water
⅓ cup oil
2 tablespoons active dry yeast
¼ cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
3½ cups flour (either bread flour or all-purpose flour)
1. Preheat oven to 205 deg C.
2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine warm water, oil, yeast, and sugar. Allow the mixture to sit for 15 minutes.
3. Mix 2 cups of flour, salt, and egg into the yeast mixture using a dough hook. Add the remaining 1½ cups flour, ½ cup at a time.
4. Shape dough into 12 balls (my kids love to help with this part), and place them in a 9×13 pan. Let dough rest for 10 minutes.
5. Bake for 10 minutes, or until tops are just golden brown.
(If you like a shiny, slightly crusty top, brush on some melted butter. However, I skip this step as one of my kids doesn’t like butter.)
Images by Chelza Pok.