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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Quick and Easy 30 Minute Yeast Dinner Rolls

30 minutes and counting! That's how much time I realized I had before Ben would be home for dinner. Not very much time to make the original bread that I had on to plan B with just enough time to make some quick rolls. Ben loves his carbs...he is a bread and butter kind of man through and through and it can be a struggle keeping bread on the counter or in the house for that matter....the struggle is real people!!! Can anyone else relate to this?

We have at least reached a great communication milestone when it comes to "bread low" alerting. He has been doing great with letting me know before we run out of bread. That way I usually have time to whip up a batch of (my favorite) Dutch oven artisan bread or a french loaf or in this case...dinner rolls so as to avoid going to the store for the dreaded basic sliced store bought kind.

I am not opposed to the convenience of the grocery store but I love to provide wholesome, preservative free food for the table as often as possible...For one thing, who doesn't like the smell of fresh baked bread in their home and for another in this case with these rolls you don't have to sacrifice time to get here we go!

2 Tbsp Active Yeast (not rapid rise)
3 1/2 Cups Flour
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1- 1 1/8 Cups room temp or lukewarm water
3 Tbsp sugar or honey
(Optional- butter for brushing over the top of the rolls after baking)
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg 

In a large bowl add the water and stir in the sugar or honey until dissolved and then sprinkle in the yeast evenly over the top of the water. Let the yeast begin to activate and become foamy (5-10 minutes)
Stir in the oil, salt and egg  with a fork.
Add 1 cup of flour at a time...When you are approaching the last cup of flour I usually will use my hand at this point to mix the dough. Use the bowl or a floured surface to begin to kneed the dough for a minute or two. You want the dough to be a little tacky but NOT sticky. You may need to add a little bit of flour or water as needed.

Let rest and rise for a little bit (about 5-10 minutes)
Pull pieces of dough and divide evenly (should be 12-15 rolls), then using your hands roll each piece of dough into a ball and place evenly spaced apart on a non-stick cooking/baking sheet. Cover with a clean dish towel and let rest and rise for another 5-10 minutes

While the dough is rising preheat the oven to 400 degrees and make sure to adjust to bake on the center/middle rack.

Bake rolls for about 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. I turned my baking sheet around halfway through because my oven cooks a little unevenly.)

After you have removed from the oven, you can opt in to brush the tops with a little butter...but I opted out of this butter option for two reasons...It's obviously healthier not to and it doesn't really add to the flavor and you can always butter your bread for your dinner if you want. Ben said he didn't miss the butter either.

Eet Smakelijk!

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