Quick and easy rolls
I found this recipe here.
Ok, first off, despite the title of that recipe, they’re not 30 minute rolls. If you actually follow the timing instructions you’re looking at a good 40 minutes from start to finish. And mine took ALOT longer to bake than hers. Could be my oven (though thats new and two different thermomters say its heating right), could be my pan (though I’ve now tried this with three different pans). But give yourself an hour to make these.
Having said that, they’re still a very quick, very easy, dinner or small sandwich roll. See the above link for the original recipe, below for my version of it
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons active dry yeast (yes, TABLESPOONS)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 3.5 to 4 cups flour (AP is fine)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Thoroughly butter the inside of your pan (see below).
In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the warm water, yeast, and sugar. Allow the mixture to rest for 10 minutes or so, till the mixture is bubbly and foamy.
Mix the oil, 2 cups of flour, the salt, and the egg into the yeast mixture using a dough hook. Add the remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time. It should be smooth and not overly sticky when its ready to go.
Shape dough into 8-12 balls and place in your pan. Let dough rest for 10 minutes.
Bake for 30 minutes or until tops are just golden brown.
Pans: she recommends a 9×13 pan. After trying a couple different pans I ended up settling on my cast iron Dutch Oven of all things. Setting it on top of the stove while the oven is heating (and for the “resting” time) warms it a bit. To bake in the Dutch Oven, leave the lid on for the resting stage, and the first 5 minutes of the baking time. After 5 minutes remove the lid, and let them bake till golden. This produces a fairly high risen roll. However they still took 30minutes to bake for me no matter WHICH pan I used.
I have to admit that we mostly use them for sandwich rolls, and infact these are the current running favorite for sandwiches in the house. The fact that they’re very quick and easy to make helps with that. The olive oil flavor comes through nicely and blends well with the sandwiches, though not so much if you just want a buttered roll.