Maybe I am the only one in the world who feels this way, but there are a lot of things that intimidate me when it comes to cooking. Working with dough is one thing that I have always been intimidated by. I watch people make bread and pastry doughs on cooking shows all of the time, but I always feel like they know more than me.
Since I have always had this fear of making bread, the bread machine was a great way for me to practice and start learning how to work with dough. When using a dough cycle, all you have to do is throw in the ingredients and wait until the machine beeps. When you hear the beep, you know that the dough has already risen and is ready to either be rolled or put directly into the pan to bake your loaf.
Since I have been more open to working with dough, I offered to bring the rolls to our Christmas dinners. I am always worried that a dish isn’t going to work out so I made sure to do a practice run since I have never made rolls before. I was extremely worried that they wouldn’t turn out or that my poor kneading or rise times on these would make a flat & yucky roll.
Now that you know how worried I was about working with dough, you will know that this recipe is completely foolproof. Despite being nervous, I am happy to report that these rolls were amazing. They honestly looked like something you would get in a bakery and I had to convince my husband that I actually did make these and didn’t buy them.
These rolls are buttery and light. They are great out of the oven or cold. In fact, we had two leftover from our Christmas dinner and we fought over who would get to eat them on the way home.
I guess what I am trying to say is…make this your year to overcome something that you might be intimated by in the kitchen. Maybe it is pie crust? Maybe you have never roasted a chicken? Maybe you just don’t know how to cook at all? This might be the year for you to learn a new skill in the kitchen that you can feel really proud of.
What is one thing that you have never tried and wish you could do? Is there something you have always been scared to do because it seemed too difficult? Please share!
Buttery Bread Machine Rolls Recipe #65340 (Courtesy of Recipezaar.com)
1 cup warm milk (70 to 80 degrees F.)
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
4 cups bread flour
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
In bread machine pan, put all ingredients in order suggested by manufacturer. Select dough setting. When cycle is completed, turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. 4. Divide dough into 24 portions. Shape dough into balls. Place in a greased 13 inch by 9 inch baking pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 15 minutes. Bake at 375 degrees for 13-16 minutes or until golden brown.
**Amy’s Notes**- I actually cooked these for about twelve to fifteen minutes at 350 because that seemed to work better. Otherwise, I prepared these just as directed.