Spoon Rolls: starting the year off easy

Spoon Rolls

This year, amongst all of the things that I want to do in the kitchen, is a big list of bread baking.  I decided that if I made it a regular feature, I would be more likely to get through my list.  You all will help hold me accountable, right?

Spoon RollsSo this week, the first week, I am starting with something really easy.  Spoon Rolls.  They are the simplest roll I have ever made.  You don’t need an industrial sized stand mixer to make these.  And instead of shaping them, you simply put them in a muffin tin.  They rise like muffins, but they are really yeast rolls.  They are great hot out of the oven with butter melting all over them.

Spoon Rolls
If ever there was a roll that yeast challenged people could pull off, this would be the one.  You know who you are.  This may just be the recipe that launches your career as a bread baker.
Okay, maybe not.  But your family will appreciate the homemade rolls!
Spoon Rolls: starting the year off easy
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Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp yeast
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 5 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¾ cup milk, scalded (see instructions below for my cheat)
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 4 cups flour
Instructions
  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water in a small bowl.
  2. Put the butter, milk, salt and sugar in a pyrex bowl and microwave 2 or so minutes or until the butter melts and the milk boils rapidly...watch it, it may spill all over your microwave.
  3. Cool the milk mixture by adding the cold water.
  4. Let sit a bit longer....you don't want to kill your yeast.
  5. Add the egg to the milk mixture.
  6. Place flour in a large bowl.
  7. Add the yeast/water and the milk mixture.
  8. Stir until well blended. (Did you notice there is no kneading?)
  9. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double in bulk...about 1 hour.
  10. Punch down the dough and spoon into greased muffin tins (this makes 18).
  11. Cover and let rise about 45 minutes.
  12. Bake 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
  13. Brush the tops with butter or oil when they come out to keep them soft.

 

Spoon Rolls

 


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