These are by far the absolutely best bread machine rolls that I have tried. I make them often, at least once or twice a week, and they go quickly in my home. In fact, I’ve had to make extra batches of these rolls and send them home with guests. My eldest child is now an expert at forming them.
Sometimes I make 12 dinner rolls. Other times I form the dough into only eight rolls and use them for sandwiches or burgers.
The rolls are so easy to make, because you use a bread maker to form the dough and put it through the first rise. The recipe has the added goodness of powdered milk, which gives it a smooth texture as well as the bonus of calcium.
And now, on to the recipe!
Bread Machine Rolls
Add the following ingredients to your bread machine in the order that is recommended by the machine’s manufacturer.
1 cup of whole wheat flour
2 cups of bread flour (or eliminate the whole wheat and just go with 3 cups of bread flour)
3 tablespoons of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
1/4 cup powdered (dry) milk
1 cup of warm water (microwave the water for 50 seconds or run the tap until it is warm)
2 tablespoon of softened butter
2-1/4 teaspoon of active dry yeast (or one packet)
Select the dough cycle on your machine and press start. Check the machine after five minutes to ensure that you have a nice rounded ball of dough. Add water or flour one tablespoon at a time if needed. Make sure not to over do any additions, or your rolls will suffer.
When the dough cycle is done, gently punch down the dough by kneading. Form the rolls. I vary the size. You can make 12 small dinner rolls or eight or nine sandwich or burger rolls.
Lightly spray cookie sheets and then place the rolls on the sheets. Allow the rolls to rise for about 40 minutes. One great way to do this is to place the sheets in a cold oven with a pan full of very hot water. The water will keep the rolls warm and moist as they rise.
When the rolls are done rising, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Brush a light coating of egg white and water on the tops of the rolls to give them some shine, if you like, although this step isn’t necessary. Bake the rolls for 15 minutes or until they are golden brown.