Homemade Dinner Rolls for a Large Family

I absolutely love homemade dinner rolls. Do you? Do you enjoy entertaining? The expressions they make when they take their first bite of warm bread with apple butter or butter is something I love. It adds an extra layer of flavor to the already delicious meal.

A homemade roll makes dinner more memorable.

Here is a family recipe that you can use to feed a large family. This recipe can make more than four dozen.

3/4 C granulated sugar – 4 Tbps
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2 C warm milk
1 C water
3 Pkgs of dried yeast (1 strip, 1 cake)
7 C flour

Mixture 1: Cream shortening with sugar, salt, and eggs.
Mixture 2: Add yeast to warm water in a separate container. Stir and let cool.
Mixture 3: Warm the milk in a microwave for 1 to 2 minutes.

Mix the mixture 1 and mix 2 together to make mixture 3. Mix well. Mix in flour, then knead well.

Let the dough rise in a greased bowl for two hours. Make rolls and let them rise for approximately 8-10 minutes.

Hints:
Warm water: Make sure the water is at least a few degrees above room temperature. Your dough won’t rise if the water isn’t too hot.

Warm milk: The same as water. It is important to make sure it is not too hot. This could cause yeast to rise.

Eggs: Before adding eggs to the mixture, it is a good idea to lightly beat the eggs.

Yeast: Make sure your yeast is current. You can lose your yeast’s ability to grow.

Types of rolls: Place the dough balls one inch apart in a greased 9×13 pan. They will rise and be pressed together during baking, making them “pull buns”.

You can make separate dinner rolls by using muffin pans. You can make a large dinner roll by using a regular muffin/cupcake pan. You can also use smaller tart pans if you prefer a smaller dinner roll.

Dinner Roll Buns: These can be made at home by placing the rolls on a greased cookie sheet approximately 2 inches apart. You can shape them slightly flatter and rounder. They will puff up, and you can gently press them down about half way through the rising process.

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