Wednesday, August 15, 2012

30 minute dinner rolls

Raise your hand if you are frequently tempted to buy crescent rolls for dinner.

I'm not sure if I'm the only one with my hand raised or not, but I know I can't be the only one out there who has a hard time resisting those things. Despite knowing how processed and chemical laden they are, I often cave in and buy them because they are so easy, so tasty, and cheap. Well yesterday, I was at the grocery store and as I reached over to grab that trusty little tube, I pulled my hand back and resisted the temptation in an effort to be a little healthier and save that couple of dollars. I remembered seeing a post for 30-minute rolls and decided that if they really are that quick to make, then I really ought to give them a try in the place of my beloved crescent rolls. We were having a roast for dinner, so putting that in the crock-pot at lunch time and not having any last minute preparations gave me a good chance to make those rolls. They were so good, and they really were that easy. And while I wouldn't call them health food, they were still a much better option than crescent rolls, and I had all of the ingredients on hand so they cost next to nothing. My whole family loved them-they had a good flavor, were soft and flaky, and went great with our dinner. While I can't promise I'll never buy a tube of crescent rolls again, I can say these were such an easy and good alternative that required very little work, and I'll definitely be making them again! They will definitely be my go-to dinner roll recipe. 

30 minute dinner rolls

I N G R E D I E N T S :

1 c. plus 2 Tbl. warm water
1/3 c. vegetable oil
2 Tbsp. active dry yeast 
1/4 c. sugar 
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg
3 1/2 c. all-purpose flour

D I R E C T I O N S :

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine warm water, oil, yeast and sugar; let rest for 5-10 minutes or until frothy and bubbly.  With a dough hook, mix in salt, egg and 2 cups of flour until combined.  Add remaining 1/2 cup flour at a time (dough will be sticky).  Spray your hands with cooking spray and shape the dough into 12 balls.  After shaped, place on lightly greased cookie sheet and let rest for 10 minutes.  Bake for about 10 minutes or until tops are lightly golden.  Yield: 12 good-sized rolls.  You can also use this same dough for cinnamon rolls!  


Becca said...

I made these too, and for the same reason--ha! I was very pleased with the result as well and can't wait to make them again. :)

Becca said...

I made these too, and for the same reason! Ha! :) We really liked them as well, and I can't wait to make them again. YUM--fresh bread, warm and straight from the oven.