I made a batch of delicious dinner rolls for breakfast and I might be inclined to do it again.
It all started because we could not find bread on Wednesday evening. The lines outside of the bread shops were either too long or they were all sold out or they were closed. We desperately needed bread. There are three of us in the house and there were two salt breads left. It meant that someone (most likely me) would have to eat crackers. I did not want to eat crackers. So I toyed with the best idea that I could come up with.
I was going to bake bread.
I asked a friend about a salt bread recipe, and I googled several bread recipes online, looking for the ones that were “easy” and required all of the ingredients that I had in my kitchen. There were a few that were very interesting, but I ultimately settled on a dinner rolls recipe from Spend With Pennies. It was quick and easy and looked as though I could not mess it up.
I had never made bread before and I was very skeptical about doing it. I remember when I was a teenager, I tried making pizza using a dough recipe that I made from scratch. That did not go so well. I ended up with more “dough” than toppings and my creation soon became the dog’s favourite snack. This played over and over in my head.
But on Thursday morning I got up with a fierce determination that I could do this. I just had to follow the recipe to a “t” and it would be fine. There would be no wastage and I would have dinner rolls for breakfast.
These are the ingredients I used to make the dinner rolls:
- 1 cup warm tap water
- 1/3 cup soyabean oil
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons quick yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 tablespoon English butter softened in the microwave
- 3 cups all-purpose white flour (With a bit extra to reduce the stickiness of the dough)
- 1/8 cup milk room temperature (I used half evaporated milk and half water)
1. In a bowl, I combined the tap water, oil, sugar and yeast. I mixed them lightly with a spoon and let the mixture sit for 10 minutes. The mixture will rise a bit and will look a bit foamy. Then I stirred in a beaten egg, the softened butter and the salt.
2. I added the flour one cup at a time to the mixture and mixed with a spoon until all the flour was mixed. Then I kneaded it by hand for about 10 minutes until it was well incorporated and somewhat smooth.
3. Next I divided the dough into 18 pieces (they were not even) and formed them into balls. I found that the dough was still sticky, so I added a bit of flour to each ball. I put each ball into a greased 9” x 13” glass dish and covered with wax paper and a flour sack towel.
4. I set them aside let them rise for about 20 minutes.
5. I turned on the oven and set it to 400 degrees. (My oven takes 15 minutes to warm up)
6. After 20 minutes, I brushed the dinner rolls with my milk mixture and baked them on the middle rack for 15 minutes.
The result? A batch of golden brown, tasty, fresh dinner rolls for breakfast. They were soft and savoury and absolutely heavenly. I was so surprised that they came out so well, but I was ecstatic. This recipe was definitely easy and it really did not take a lot of time.
If you try this recipe send me a message and let me know how it went.