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~ Buttery and Easy-to-Make Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls ~

6a0120a8551282970b019b0031ac11970bEven though my three boys grew up calling these "Mom's Pull-Aparts", this is not my recipe. Back in the 1980's (before home computers, the information super-highway or Food TV), moms in search of new recipe ideas often mailed a boxtop or two, and sometimes $1.00, to receive a booklet or pamphlet of recipes from that particular company.  I did that a lot back then.  This dinner roll recipe came from either a Fleischmann's yeast recipe booklet or a Land O Lakes butter recipe booklet.  Both are products I used then and both are products I still use today.

IMG_4647Bread baking has always come easy to me, but if you are one of the many who are traumatized by even the thought of it, this is the recipe you'll want to start with.  It worked the first time I made them and has kept my family thinking I am "the queen of dinner roll baking" ever since.  I'm going to go so far as to say:  in the world of bread baking, these rolls are "just plain easy". When my boys were teenagers, I often doubled the recipe (so I can tell you that works just fine), but, I always baked them in two pans of twelve -- just because they look so darn pretty.

IMG_4631From Monday night family-style meals to Sunday dinners and holiday celebrations, these rolls have a place on every table.

IMG_45542-2 1/4  cups unbleached, all-purpose flour

1  envelope Fleischmann's yeast, not rapid rise yeast

2  generous tablespoons sugar

1/2  teaspoon salt

1/2  cup whole milk

1/4  cup water

2  tablespoons Land O Lakes butter

2  additional tablespoons butter, melted, for brushing over finished dinner rolls

no-stick cooking spray, for preparing baking pan

  IMG_4561 IMG_4557~ Step 1.  In a large bowl, stir together 3/4 cup of the flour, the yeast, the sugar and the salt.

~ Step 2.  In a small saucepan, place the milk, water and butter over medium heat.  Stir until the butter is melted and mixture has reached a temperature between 120-130 degrees.  The best way to insure the proper temperature is to monitor the mixture as it heats using an instant read thermometer.

IMG_4567 IMG_4576 IMG_4581 IMG_4583~Step 3.  Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture.  Using a hand-held electric mixer on medium speed, beat until mixture is smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula frequently, about 30 seconds.  Increase mixer speed to high, add another 1/4 cup of the flour and beat until thoroughly incorporated.  Remove the mixer, and begin stirring in flour, in 1/4 cup amounts, until a soft, manageable dough forms, about 3/4 cup more flour.

IMG_4595 IMG_4602~ Step 4. Using the heal of your hand, begin kneading the dough, turning the bowl a quarter turn with each push down, until a smooth ball forms, continuing to sprinkle in additional flour to keep it from sticking to the sides of the bowl.  As often as I make these rolls, I always use the entire 2 1/4 cups of flour.

IMG_4612 IMG_4603                                          ~ Step 5. Cover the bowl of dough with a clean towel and allow to rest for 10 minutes. This important rest will allow the gluten in the flour to develop.

Uncover the dough.  If you have a kitchen scale use it. You will have 1 pound, 2-3 ounces of dough.

IMG_4620~ Step 6.  Spray an 8" round baking pan lightly with no-stick cooking spray.  Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces, about 1 1/2 ounces each.  Between the palms of your hands, roll each piece into a ball and arrange them in the bottom of the pan as pictured (9 around the perimeter of the pan, 3 in the center).  Cover the pan with the towel and allow the rolls to rise until doubled in size, about 45-60 minutes.  Mine rose in 45 minutes:

IMG_4629Note:  These rolls only require one rise time, so while they are rising, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

IMG_4639~ Step 7. Bake on center rack of preheated oven until golden brown, about 18-20 minutes, and, when tapped on the top with the knuckle of your finger, they sound hollow. Mine baked for 18 minutes today.

IMG_4652~ Step 8.  Remove from oven and within 1 minute, invert the rolls onto a cooling rack.  Note:  I simply invert the pan of rolls onto a pot holder that I am holding outstretched in one hand, then, invert them onto a pot holder in my other hand, then, place them on the cooling rack.

~ Step 9.  Using a pastry brush, paint the rolls with a light coating of melted butter and allow to cool to slightly warm or room temperature (we adore them slightly warm): 

Pull 'em apart and butter 'em:  Bet you can't eat just one!

IMG_4693Buttery and Easy-to-Make Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls:  Recipe yields 1 dozen dinner rolls.

Special Equipment List:  large bowl, preferably oversized; 2-quart saucepan; instant-read thermometer; hand-held electric mixer; large rubber spatula; clean cotton kitchen towel; kitchen scale (optional); 8" round baking pan, preferably dark metal; pastry brush

6a0120a8551282970b015391cb26eb970b-320wiCook's Note:  For another one of my easy home-baked bread recipes, you might want to try my recipe for ~ Bread Machine Basics & My Brioche Recipe ~.  If your bread machine in a closet for 10 years, this is the reason to get it out.  You can find the recipe in Categories 5, 25 or 18.  You will never buy a loaf of bread for your family again.

"We are all in this food world together." ~ Melanie Preschutti

(Recipe, Commentary and Photos courtesy of Melanie's Kitchen/Copyright 2013)


Dennis -- Fahrenheit! Enjoy your dinner rolls!!!

The temperature you that farenheit or celsius.

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