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!
IngredientsAdapted 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
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.