It rained all day yesterday....the kind that pours down, floods everything and makes a mess of the property. I wasn't going anywhere! To make the home smell good and keep the kitchen warm I decided to make homemade dinner rolls and cinnamon buns for dinner. I had put on a crock-pot of Beef and Barley soup from scratch that morning and the temptation of homemade dinner rolls to go with it were too much to resist.
Yeast in bowl.
I follow a recipe that I had discovered on Frugal Village and I love it. I make bread, dinner rolls, cinnamon buns and pizza crust from that one recipe. It is a large recipe that will make three large rolls that the family loves.
White Sandwich Bread
In a large warmed bowl, add 1 cup of lukewarm water, 1 tsp of white sugar and 2 tbsp (or 2 packets) of yeast. Let sand 10 minutes, then stir until yeast is dissolved.
I buy my yeast in bulk from the local Health Food Store. $3.50 for a pound of yeast is a great deal!
Next stir in 2 cups of lukewarm water, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1 tbsp of salt and 1/2 cup melted butter. Beat ingredients then stir in 9 cups of flour, adding them 1 cup at a time.
Once it is stirred well, use a cup of flour on the countertop for kneading. Knead until the dough becomes elastic which is about 4 to 5 minutes.
After kneading, put the dough in a large oiled bowl and flip to coat both sides with the oil.
Loosely cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot. Let it rise one hour.
Punch down dough to remove air bubbles and divide into 3 loaves. If you wish to make cinnamon buns I used the dough for one loaf and rolled it out. Then I shaped the rest of the dough into buns and placed them in a greased pan.
I rolled out the dough for the cinnamon rolls, spread on butter (fairly thick), added brown sugar and cinnamon. You could also add raisins but we aren't a big fan of raisins around here.
Starting at one edge roll the dough into a log and slice pieces and place in a greased cake pan.
Cover pans with clean dishtowels and place in a warm area for another hour.
Loaves should double in size. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 400F for 20 minutes.
They are ready when they turn a golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped.