Sunday, April 5, 2009

Debbie's Rolls & Cinnamon Rolls

This is by far my favorite roll recipe. I've tried others, but I've never been satisfied with the results.

Debbie's Rolls

3/4 c milk
1/4 c water
2 1/4 tsp rapid rise yeast for bread machines (or 1 package of yeast)
1/4 c vegetable oil
1 egg
2 Tbl sugar
1 tsp salt
3 c bread flour

Warm the milk and water in microwave for about 1 minute (you can do a full cup of milk and omit the water if you want). Add everything to the bread machine, placing liquids at the bottom. When you put the yeast in, dig a little pit in the flour for it. Let the bread machine run on the dough setting until done. Shape the dough into rolls and let rise for 15-20 minutes in a warm place (or until doubled). Bake at 375 for about 17-18 minutes or until the tops are golden brown (my oven cooks them in about 15, so make sure you check on them towards the end). Pull the rolls out of the oven and brush the tops with butter.

Debbie's Rolls Variation: Cinnamon Rolls

Just add a 1/2 of a small package of vanilla pudding (or 1/4 cup if you're using bulk pudding mix) to the ingredients in Debbie's Roll recipe. Make the dough the same way, but when it's done, roll the dough out into a large rectangle. Spread softened butter and sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the top. Roll up lengthwise and cut into 1 or 1 1/2 inch slices. (I used unflavored, waxed floss to do this. It helps to not crush the rolls) Place in a greased baking pan and bake at 375 for about 17-18 minutes or until golden brown. Spread with cream cheese or buttercream frosting as soon as you pull them out of the oven. (I usually use cream cheese, but it's buttercream in the picture. I just had leftovers from a cake I made earlier this week.)

***It is vital to good rolls to use the rapid rise yeast and bread flour. If you don't, your rolls will still taste good, but they won't rise as well and they'll be more dense.

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