Monday, December 22, 2008

Honey Yeast Rolls


I really wanted to do a trial run with some yeast rolls before I baked them for Christmas, so I made these with potato soup yesterday. The only item I've successfully made with yeast is Babka, so I was hoping I'd do ok. When I first made the dough I thought I had done something drastically wrong. The dough was really heavy and dense and it just wasn't what I thought it would be. But I continued with the recipe and had some bakery bread for back up! I'm really glad I continued because the rolls turned out really great! They were really fluffy and had a great, sweet taste. I will definately make these for Christmas!

Ingredients

Adapted from Annie's Eats

2 ¼ tsp. instant yeast (1 packet)
1 cup warm water (105°-115° F)
¼ cup honey
3 tbsp. canola oil
1 ¼ tsp. salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
4 cups bread flour
vegetable cooking spray
1 tbsp. butter, melted
1 tbsp honey


Directions:
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the yeast and warm water. Add the honey, oil, salt, and egg and mix well. Add 3 cups of the flour and mix until the dough comes together in a sticky mass. With the mixer on low speed, add the remaining 1 cup flour and mix until it is incorporated into the dough. Switch to the dough hook, and continue kneading on low speed until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.

Form the dough into a ball and transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, turning once to coat. Cover the bowl with a damp kitchen towel and let the dough rise in a warm, draft-free spot until it doubles in bulk, about 2 hours.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 30 seconds. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.

Punch the dough down and divide into 12 equal portions. Shape each portion into a ball and place into a round, lightly greased baking dish, spacing evenly. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place for 20 minutes. Mix together the melted butter and honey, and brush lightly over the tops of the rolls. Bake at 400° for 13-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm or at room temperature.

2 comments:

Kristina R. said...

We made these for Thanksgiving and they were a big hit.

Joelen said...

This is on my list to try!

 

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