I have read several blog posts lately discussing the difficulty of making homemade bread – especially whole wheat bread. While I agree that it may be difficult to make whole wheat bread with a good texture and that stays fresh, I also know that just about any hot fresh bread will make your dinner a winner. That is why Max and I wanted to share with you how we make fresh dinner rolls starting at 4:00 p.m. and ending with a lovely buttered roll with our soup at 6:00.
Quick Homemade Dinner Rolls
2 cups water (warm)
2 Tablespoons butter (melted)
1 Tablespoon honey
1 Tablespoon active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
About 4 cups flour (use any combination of whole wheat and all purpose flour you like. We used white this time.)
Mix together water, butter, honey and yeast. As soon as the yeast is dissolved (about 3 minutes) begin adding flour and the salt to make a very soft dough. When the dough is workable, turn it out onto the counter to knead it. Kneading is a skill that takes some practice to keep from getting very sticky! Basically, use the tips of your fingers and your fingers to turn and fold the dough, pushing it away from you with each turn. Add some flour, but not too much. Dough that is very stiff is hard to work, and does not taste as yummy!
After kneading for about 5 minutes, you should have a smooth ball of dough. Pinch off smaller balls (about walnut size) and put two of these balls in each cup of a greased muffin tin. Set near the stove where your soup is simmering away. Allow to rise for as long as you can. If dinner is at six, you have until 5:30. Near that time, preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Bake raised rolls at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes, until nicely browned. Turn out of your muffin tin and serve with butter and your hot soup. I think even soup from a can would taste good with these rolls, but if you would rather have something else, see the Vegetable Beef Soup recipe that I am going to post tomorrow that Max and I made to go along with these!
Hope this puts a smile on your face! Do you have a favorite quick dinner bread recipe? Leave me a link or a recipe in the comments, please!