60 Minute Dinner Rolls

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Dinner rolls are a must-have recipe for every household whether you would like to enjoy them all through the week or need some fluffy buns for a special dinner. This 60-minute dinner rolls recipe, created by Dan, the author of the 101 Cooking For Two recipe blog, is a take on a much longer bread. These dinner rolls are loosely based on French-style bread, which is a simple mixture of ingredients like flour, salt, yeast and water. The difference between this simple bread recipe and French loaves is the amount of yeast. Often, French bread will begin with a much smaller amount of yeast and be allowed a longer fermentation and proofing time to develop flavour, structure and rise. In the case of this version, two full packages of yeast are used which amplifies the taste quickly and allows the dough to rise in a fraction of the usual time. If you need dinner rolls in an hour, this bread recipe is the one to choose.

There is something so wonderful about homemade bread with its fluffy texture, crisp exterior and clean taste. Bread that is prepared at home relies on natural ingredients and proper technique to accomplish the appropriate taste and texture, and the quality exceeds store-bought bread significantly. If you have always wondered how to make bread, one of the most important factors is how the yeast is treated in the bread recipe. Yeast baking is often tricky because doing the wrong thing may cause the yeast to die, which will cause the bread not to rise, whereas bread that has risen too long may collapse during baking. One of the most integral things to remember is that yeast will die if the temperature of the liquid you are using is too hot or if it comes into direct contact with salt or sugar. Dan instructs to heat the water in this bread recipe to between 105 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the perfect temperature for activating instant yeast and causing it to produce gasses which develop taste and help the loaf to rise. The yeast and sugar are mixed into the water together, which allows those two ingredients to work together without being in direct contact without harming the activity of the yeast. Once you have your yeast starter prepared, you will be well on your way to producing this basic bread recipe.

Another important component to good bread is the structure and texture. The yeast must be allowed to work with the gluten in the dough and produce air pockets to achieve a fluffy texture. Since this bread recipe relies on a small amount of time, the yeast may not have enough time to do all that it could. This is where kneading comes in because you have a chance to exercise the gluten which will help tenderise the bread. If making a no-knead bread recipe, kneading won’t be required since the dough will be allowed to sit for several hours and the yeast will do all the work. This bread is made in much less time, and therefore, kneading is required. The good news is that rather than kneading the dough intensively with your hands, you can rely on an electric mixer with dough hook attachments, or a stand mixer with dough hook attachments to do the job. The way to tell if your dough has been kneaded enough is if when you stretch a piece of the dough, it stretches very thinly without breaking. Thank you to Dan, the author of the 101 Cooking for Two recipe blog, for sharing his 60-minute dinner roll recipe with us.

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