Buttery Baked Dinner Rolls

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These rolls are so unbelievably good they deserve step by step photos.  The best thing about them is you make the dough on a rainy Sunday when you have nothing better to do and you freeze it.  Yep, you heard me.  You freeze all these little balls so when it comes time to make some fresh buttery rolls for your dinner guests, you’ll look like you slaved all day!

First thing you need to do in order to have these HEAVENLY biscuits is make the dough.  The recipe is down below and I used my Everything Bread dough to make these.  You could use any dough recipe you’d like really.  Just make the dough.  I will be experimenting with whole wheat dinner rolls next time and I CAN’T wait!

In the meantime, let’s get started on these babies, shall we?

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You want to place the frozen dough balls in a cast iron skillet.  This one is HUGE and very HEAVY.  I could get a smaller one, but well, then I’d have less rolls wouldn’t I?  This is a 10″ skillet and it is my best friend in the kitchen.

Leave plenty of room around the dough because they are going to double in size as they rise.  I was able to fit 11 into my pan.  Jealous aren’t you?

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Next you’ll want to cover them with a clean dish cloth and let them rise.  Give them anywhere from 2-4 hours depending on the temp in your house.  Don’t let them rise TOO much or they won’t have any room to bake.

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Isn’t that great??  I just LOVE when that happens.

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Now it’s time to brush some melted butter on them.  How much?  oh… I don’t know.   But you want to be VERY gentle here.  I made the mistake of pushing too hard once and it deflated!  Right before my very eyes, it squished and never recovered.  We don’t want that to happen to you.

I also added the same seeds I add to my everything bread (caraway, poppy, sesame, minced onion, sea salt).

It’s getting mighty tempting now isn’t it?

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Bake ’em for 15-20 min.  You want them to get nice and brown but not too brown.   And yep!  More butter baby.  Now I know it looks like I’ve used a lot of butter here but that’s just to make your mouth water.  I really only used about 3 Tbsp or so and when you think about it, it’s very easy to put a Tablespoon of butter on ONE roll, right?  So here we have almost a dozen and I’m using only 3 or 4 Tbsp.

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Behold the beauty of freshly baked rolls!

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Buttery Baked Dinner Rolls

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg dry active yeast
  • 3/4 warm water (between 110-115 degres)
  • 1 cup warm organic milk (between 110-115 degrees)
  • 1/4 cup organic butter softened
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cups flour

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl (or Kitchen Aid bowl), dissolve the yeast in warm water.
  2. Add the milk, butter, sugar, egg yolk and salt.
  3. Using a dough hook, slowly add flour and beat on medium for 2-3 minutes until the dough forms a ball. It will pull away from the sides of the bowl
  4. Take the dough out of Kitchen Aid and put it on a floured surface and knead until elastic, approx 5 min.
  5. Add small amounts of flour if dough sticks to surface
  6. Place the dough in a greased LARGE bowl, turning once to grease both top and bottom and cover with clean cloth for 1 hour. (TIP: If your house is below 68 degrees try turning the oven on 100 for abou 20 seconds and then turning off. Put the bowl in there and close the door and leave in oven to rise)
  7. Punch the dough down and roll out if you’d like to make it easier to handle and roll into small balls.
  8. Freeze until ready to bake

When ready to bake:

  1. Coat a cast iron skillet with oil and place the dough balls in the pan leaving plenty of room for them to rise!
  2. Cover with a clean cloth and let the dough rise 2-4 hours
  3. Preheat the oven to 350
  4. Put plenty of melted butter on them (and I use caraway, poppy, sesame seeds along with sea salt)
  5. Bake until browned – approx. 15-20 min
  6. Give them another tiny brush of melted butter and watch them be devoured !!!

Notes

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