Friday, December 21, 2012

Super Buns! - The Easiest Homemade Rolls Ever!

When I first saw this recipe I was convinced it wouldn't work.  But what kind of bun lovin' woman would I be if I didn't try it!  They were not only great, they were bunalicious!  Who wouldn't want perfect buns?  Remember my recipe for Sweet Sexy Dinner Rolls?  Well these taste just like 'em only they are half the work...winning!

 I don't remember where I first saw the recipe, probably Pinterest...but I finally settled on this one from Jamie Cooks It Up, a very well done blog.

The wonderfulness of these are that they are basically no rise.  You put them in the oven at 170 degrees for 30 min, then turn the heat to 350 and they are done in 30 minutes.  It's a miracle...really, it really is.


3/4 cup milk
4 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup hot water
4 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoons salt
4 - 4 1/2 cups flour
1 package active dry yeast (3/4 oz)

Pour your milk into a microwave safe container, a Pyrex measuring cup works well.  Add your butter to the milk and put it in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes.
Preheat your oven to 170 degrees. While the milk is warming up, turn on the tap to get your hot water. Temperature is important to making these rolls rise quickly. If you add cold water, your buns will not rise.  Flat buns are not fun buns.  I put my hand in the water to test it. You want it to be just on the edge of unpleasant. 
Put your milk/butter and hot water in the bottom of your Kitchen Aid Mixer. Add the sugar and salt. Then add 2 cups of the flour...let it mix for 1 minute.
Add the yeast. Turn the mixer on and add the rest of the flour 1 cup at a time.
You have enough flour when the dough scrapes the side of the bowl clean. Mix on medium speed for 5 minutes until the dough is silky.
 Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 5 minutes. 
Rub butter on the inside of a 9 x 13 pan
Spray your counter, or a cutting board with cooking spray. Lay your dough on top of it.
Take a sharp knife, spray it with cooking spray and cut your dough into 12 pieces. 

Gently round them into balls, and put them in your buttered 9x13 pan.
This is where the magic happens, put the pan into your warm 170 degree oven. Let them rise for about 30 minutes or until they have doubled.

 Leave your pan in the oven and turn the heat up to 350 degrees. Bake for 15 minutes. This time includes the time it takes the oven to increase in temperature. If your oven takes a long old will of course need to increase the time baking. Bake until golden brown.
Brush with a little softened butter and serve warm.

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