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Perfect Dinner Rolls

I love love love my new bread machine. It’s so easy to just throw all the ingredients in, turn it on and have beautiful dough. The recipe for these rolls is pretty time-consuming – only because you have to allow it to rise three times. You don’t really have to do anything with the dough during all that rising time – today I did some laundry and played with my munchkins, it just requires you to be around the house pretty much all day. But letting the dough rise thrice (I love that word) is what makes these rolls so airy and light. Mmmmm and delicious. Have I mentioned I love bread? These are perfect with soup. Or Thanksgiving dinner. Or soup. I also love soup.
 

Perfect Dinner Rolls

1-1/4 cups warm milk (between 110 and 120°)
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/4 cup sugar
1 eggs
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon salt
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, or as needed
1/4 cup butter, melted

Directions

  1. Pour milk into a large mixing bowl, and sprinkle yeast over the surface. Allow to rest for 5 minutes. Beat in the sugar, eggs, 1/2 cup butter, and salt; blend thoroughly. Gradually stir in the flour to make a soft dough. Cover bowl, and set in a warm place until dough doubles in size, about 1 hour. (or put ingredients into a bread machine and hit “dough”)
  2. Punch down the dough, cover the bowl, and allow to rise again. Repeat this step two more times.
  3. Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish. Break off 2 to 3 inch size pieces of dough, roll lightly into round shape, and place in prepared baking dish, edges touching. Repeat to make 18 dough balls. Cover and let rise until doubled in size.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  5. Bake rolls in preheated oven until tops turn golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes. When rolls are finished baking, drizzle melted butter over the top, and serve warm.
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