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Making yeast rolls (some folks call them dinner rolls) starts with the first section of instructions on my home made bread page. This page picks up where that one left off.
Fresh piping hot dinner rolls have been a part of Sunday dinners for my family for generations. Maybe we don't make them as often as my grandmother or great-grandmother used to, but I still know how to make 'em.
They pop up at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners as well as family reunions and cold winter weekends when it's too cold to do any work outside.
Slather them with a little butter while they are fresh and hot out of the oven and they can practically become a meal by themselves. Not to mention the way they make the whole house smell when they are baking!
After dough has risen to double it's original volume (about 2 hours), and you have kneaded it a second time on an oiled counter, follow these instructions:
Form dough into slightly smaller than tennis ball sized pieces.
Place them in a deep dish baking pan so that the rolls barely touch each other.
Pre-warm oven by turning it on lowest setting for 2-3 minutes and then turn it back off. Cover the rolls and put them back in the oven and let rise for about 2 hours.
When your rolls have risen for about two hours, the dough should have doubled in size by this time. Remove them from the oven, and preheat the oven to 350°F.
Uncover bread or rolls, and bake for about 45 minutes. When they LOOK done (golden brown), give them another 10 minutes, or the rolls in the middle of the pan will be doughy in the center.
Yeast rolls made in this manner can be frozen after baking. When cooled, put them in a zipper seal bag, squeeze out as much air as you can without smashing the rolls, and freeze. Thaw them back out in a microwave oven and they are as good as when you first took them out of the oven!
Making yeast rolls is it's own reward. Imagine serving fresh hot,
homemade dinner rolls the next time you have guests for dinner. Your
home will smell of freshly made bread, and you can impress folks with
your baking skills! Give it a try...it's easier than you think.