Soft Dinner Rolls

“GOOD BREAD IS THE MOST FUNDAMENTALLY SATISFYING OF ALL FOODS: AND GOOD BREAD WITH FRESH BUTTER, THE GREATEST OF FEASTS.” -JAMES BEARD

There’s really nothing better than freshly baked bread. Like literally NOTHING.

Every time I go to a restaurant, the one thing I eagerly wait for is the complimentary bread they serve. My favorite of all is from the Texas Roadhouse. Those bread rolls are from CARB heaven.  Super soft, melt in the mouth bread with a side of cinnamon butter. Oh, la la. I’m drooling just at the thought of it. IMG_0376.jpg

Unfortunately for us here, there’s no Texas roadhouse to go to and I’ve been trying hard to make similar bread rolls to satisfy my cravings. After repeated failures, I’ve finally come up with a recipe inspired by the million recipes i tried, that is pretty close to the buns they serve there.

Before I head on to the recipe there are certain key points that I’d like to share that are important to get the perfect buns.

*Measure the ingredients properly. Use a kitchen scale to get the right quantity.

*If the recipe calls for warm milk to be added to the yeast, use warm milk. If you use hot milk, it’ll just end up killing the yeast and hence, your dough won’t rise.

*The longer you knead the dough the better. Don’t be lazy 😛

*Make sure you follow correct resting period for the dough.

*Bake the buns at the right temperature for the right time.

INGREDIENTS:

125 gms Warm Milk

7 gms Yeast

42 gms Sugar

1 Egg

40 gms Unsalted Butter

360 gms Flour

Salt to taste

METHOD:

Combine all ingredients except flour in a bowl. To this wet mixture, add flour little by little and combine till it all comes together. Let it rest for 15 minutes.

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Sprinkle some flour on the clean kitchen countertop and knead the dough with the base of your palm for about 10 minutes. Then take the dough, slap it on the countertop, knead and repeat for about 10 more minutes. Once done, place dough on a buttered bowl and cover with cling wrap, let it rest for about one hour in a warm place.

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After 1 hour you would see that the dough has risen. Make small balls (or any size and shape you desire) and place on parchment paper. Cover with a cloth and let it rest for one hour. The dough will rise again.

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Brush the dough balls with egg wash (1 egg yolk + 1tsp water), Sprinkle Sesame seeds and keep aside.  Preheat oven at 170 degrees for 10 minutes and Bake at 170 degrees for 12 minutes. As soon as the buns are out of the oven, brush with butter.

Super soft dinner rolls are ready. Serve plain, with plain butter, garlic butter or cinnamon butter.

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