How to Make Amazing Homemade Yeast Rolls

First attempt, turned out great! :-)

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DISCLAIMER #1: This recipe takes TIME. If you want quick rolls, this is not the recipe for you.

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DISCLAIMER #2: I am not a culinary expert. In fact, I don't even own a full sized mixer! I found this recipe online and thought I would give it a go. I'm happy to say the rolls were AMAZING!! :-)

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Pour 2 cups flour into a large mixing bowl.

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Add sugar.

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Sift sugar and flour together.

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It will blend quickly and make a fine powder.

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Like this.

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Add yeast.

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Stir well.

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Use olive oil to coat the inside of a separate mixing bowl. This will keep the dough from sticking to the edges when it rises. Set bowl aside; you will use it later.

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Add softened butter to flour and mix with a mixer on low speed.

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It will blend nicely.

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Add hot tap water all at once and continue mixing.

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You may have to scrape the edges to make sure all the flour blends with the water.

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Add egg. Mix well.

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Add 2 more cups of flour.

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Add salt. (You could have done this step with the sugar, but I forgot to do it earlier!)

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Now when you mix, it will become thick and somewhat hard to blend. Use a scraper to get flour on the sides and under the bottom.

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At this point, using a hand mixer was near impossible because the dough was so thick. I started using two forks to blend the dough.

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Sprinkle some flour on a flat surface.

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Transfer dough to the flour covered surface.

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Add more flour to the top of the dough. Coat your hands with flour, too.

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Punch the dough a few times and flip.

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Sprinkle a little more flour and repeat. It's OK if your kitchen starts to look like an episode of "I Love Lucy"... Getting messy is half the fun! :-)

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Add dough to the bowl you oiled earlier.

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Cover the bowl with a dish towel and place in a warm location for 2 hours. Yes, it takes that long for the bread to rise.

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While you wait, play a game with your kids.

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You might have enough time to get Yahtzee!! (Tap on picture to see all the dice. Happy son!)

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There will even be time for you to do a pedicure (Happy daughter!)

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Back to baking. Look how much the bread expanded in just 2 hours! Wow!

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Sprinkle a little flour on top and on your hands. Punch down the dough.

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Spray a baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. (You may want to spray 2 pans because you will have enough dough for two batches of rolls. Or you can shape extra dough to put in a bread loaf pan.)

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Add more flour to your hands. Pull off small sections of dough and roll into a ball shape. Place balls of dough in pan.

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Cover with dish towel for another 2 hours. Not sure if this step is crucial, but I did it anyway.

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Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

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Remove towel and place rolls in oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes until tops start to brown.

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Every 5 minutes, take out rolls and baste with melted butter.

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Remove from oven and allow to cool. Baste again with butter.

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Serve and enjoy! (These rolls are so yummy, your family members might eat them right from the pan before you can take a photo. This is all we had left!)

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