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Soft and Buttery Rolls

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You will need:

1 pkg active dry yeast (equals 2 1/ 4 tsp)

1/ 4 cup warm water

1/ 3 cup white, granulated sugar

1/ 4 cup butter, softened

1 tsp salt

1 cup hot milk

1 egg, lightly beaten

4 cups sifted all-purpose flour

2 Tbsp butter, melted (for brushing rolls)

Method:

Sprinkle yeast over very warm water in large bowl. Stir until yeast dissolves.

Leave to foam about 10 minutes. Add sugar, the 1/ 4 cup butter and salt to hot milk and stir until sugar dissolves and butter is melted. Cool mixture.

Add milk mixture to yeast and then mix in egg. Beat in 4 cups of the flour, 1 cup at a time, to form a soft dough. Knead the dough lightly for 5 minutes. Place dough in a warm, buttered bowl; turn greased side up. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 1/ 4 to 1 1/ 2 hours. Punch dough down and knead 4 to 5 minutes on a lightly floured pastry cloth.

Dough will be sticky, but use as little flour as possible for flouring hands, otherwise rolls will not be as feathery light as they should be. With large knife, cut dough ball into four (4) pieces.

Cut each piece into four (4) more pieces or simply pinch off small chunks of dough and roll into round balls about 1 3/ 4 inches in diameter. As you roll into balls, pull sides down and under to shape roll. Place bottom side down in neat rows, not quite touching, in well-buttered 13 X 9 X 2 inch pan. Cover rolls and allow to rise in warm place until doubled in bulk; 30 – 45 minutes. When doubled in bulk, brush tops with melted butter and bake in 375 degree F oven for 18 – 20 minutes or until nicely browned.

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