This wonderful (and I mean wonderful!) dinner roll recipe was sent in by our friend Paula, from A Catholic Harvest. She’s a great gal. I adore her for so many reasons, but to sum it up, she’s a mixed bag. I love people who are full of wonderful qualities, but also full of surprises. For instance, recently I learned that she’s a ‘closet head-banger’. Inside this sweet, funny, supportive and faithful girl, is an inner rock-n-roll chick!! It’s true! Who knew?!
So speaking of rolls…lol….I love this recipe she sent us. I have a few recipes sent in that I’ll be making, now that I have more time to cook and bake. But here is one for now. She sent it, we made it, we photo’d it, and now we’re bloggin’ it!! I wanted to be sure I posted it at least by today, because really, these are perfect Thanksgiving Day rolls to have on your table! And chances are, you already have all of the ingredients you need, to make some last minute. (But please don’t hold us to that. lol) Regardless, these are truly wonderful ANYTIME rolls. So here we go.
- ***1/2 c shortening (or unsalted butter)
- 1/2 c sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 4-1/2 tsp yeast
- 5+ c flour
- 2 eggs
- stick of butter (not shown)
*** Since the sharing of this post, we have revised our family’s diet, for a healthier lifestyle.
Therefore, we substitute the shortening now for unsalted butter. We believe it’s a better choice.
NOTE: If you have a kitchen mixer, you are welcome to do this part using that. But did not have one at this time, so we mixed the dough by hand.
In a large bowl, combine flour, yeast, sugar, salt, and shortening, mixing up and cutting up with pastry cutter.
Now, the next step in the directions is to beat 2 eggs in a measuring cup , and then fill the cup to the 2 cup mark with hot water. However, we did not have a 2 cup measuring cup, we only had a 1 cup Pyrex measuring cup. So, we measured out the eggs, dumped them in a small bowl, and added the remaining needed hot water, to collectively make 2 cups of eggs and hot water. I sure hope you followed that.
So here are our two measured, beaten eggs.
Adding the remaining measurement of how water.
Pour hot water, over dry ingredients in big bowl, and mix together. Slowly add 3 more cups of flour. Once all of the flour is in, and as you mix, you may realize that the mixture is really very wet, and is not really going to form a dough mixture at any point. This means you need to add even more flour, little by little, until it becomes more dough-like.
Once all combined well, cover the dough bowl, and let rise in a warm oven until doubled. (Paula uses 170 because it’s the lowest setting on her oven. Ours is 150, and that worked too.)
On a floured surface that you can cut on, knead the dough.
Flatten the dough out with your hands, or with a rolling pin, into a large pizza shape. Then cut with a pizza cutter into 16 triangle shaped slices, like seen above.
Roll each piece from the wide end of a slice, to the point. They’ll look like crescent rolls.
Place in greased pan (Paula uses Pam spray), allowing enough space for rolls to double in size again. Paula says you can use 2 9×13 pans and put 8 on each as we did, or she also has a large pan she thinks is about 11×20.
Cover and let rise in a warm oven again, about 20-30 minutes. When doubled, remove from oven, and heat oven to 375. Bake in 375 oven for 20-30 minutes, depending on how dark you want them.
Immediately rub on, or brush, with 1 stick of melted butter. ( Paula says, “Yes, 1 whole stick!”).
Do these look savory, or what?!!
Paula states at the end of the recipe, “YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!” And indeed, we were not!!
We loved them so much, that we’ll be making them again and again. In fact, I am making more today. However, since we don’t normally eat all white bread, I am going to try this time making them with about 1/3 wheat flour, and see how those come out. I can keep you posted!
We hope you’ll find this recipe a new favorite in your home. Paula also sent a recipe for Indian Fry Bread, which we have plans to make in the next few days. I’ve got a list of recipes we’ll be sharing, actually. Meanwhile, if YOU have a recipe you’d like to see featured on our blog, please use the e-mail button in the sidebar on the right, and send it along! If it remotely appeals to us, we may just Make it-Photo it-Eat it & Blog it! And we’ll link to your blog too, if you’d like!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have rolls to make. And Taco Soup!