Thursday, December 2, 2010

Special Occasion Dinner Rolls

This is my recipe for special occasion dinner rolls. Why are they "special occasion"?  Because they are made with white flour instead of wheat, which is a rare event in our home. It makes these rolls perfect, fluffy and light! They are soooooo amazing warm fresh out of the oven smeared with a little Earth Balance butter. Mmmmmmm...

 Special Occasion Dinner Rolls
makes 1 baking sheet of rolls, feeds 4-6
Printable Recipe

I made these using a Kitchenaid standing mixer.
Prepare the yeast:
Mix 2 1/4 tsp of yeast with 1/4 cup of warm water. Make sure the water is not hot. just warm.
While the yeast is dissolving. Let yeast sit 5 minutes.

Add to the yeast:
 2 Tbsp. Olive oil, 2 Tbsp. sugar and dissolve.

Meanwhile gently heat :
1 cup of soymilk or almond milk  with  3 Tbsp of Earth balance butter. Heat until the butter is melted. 
Add this to the yeast mixture, making sure that the milk is warm, not hot. If the milk is too hot it will kill the yeast.

Then add to the yeast:
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp xanthan gum
2 Tbsp. arrowroot or cornstarch powder mixed with 2 Tbsp. water

Mix and then add an additional cup of flour. mix, then add a third cup of flour. You should have a wet and sticky dough, but not so sticky that you cant work with it. Add additional flour if needed until the dough is slightly sticky but not overly so.  Let the Standing mixer knead the dough for about 5-8 minutes. If the dough is sticking really badly to the sides of the bowl, add a touch more flour, until the dough is barely pulling away from the sides. These can also be done by hand, and kneaded by hand on a flour surface. You want the dough to knead until is is smooth and elastic to the touch. Don't add too much flour to the dough, just enough that it isn't sticking to the surface while kneading.

Time for the dough to rise:
In a large mixing bowl, add about 1/2 tsp of oil and roll your ball of dough in it, making sure it is coated slightly with the oil so it wont dry out. Cover with a towel and allow to  double in size (about an hour).

Making the dinner rolls:
Pour out the risen dough onto a floured board. Roll out gently into a rectangle and cut the dough into 12 dinner pieces.  Shape each piece into a circular roll shape, then place on a baking sheet. Place the rolls somewhat close to each other so that their edges will touch when they rise and bake.

Let them rise again:
Cover and let the rolls rise a second time for 35-40 minutes until they have doubled in size. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Once the rolls have doubled in size and are barely touches on the edges, bake them for about 20-25 minutes, until golden on top. Remove from the oven and brush the rolls with a tiny bit of earth balance butter.


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