Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Buttery Bread Machine Rolls

I served Crockpot Sloppy Joes for Halloween night. I like having dinner that night on a grab-n-go basis so I can munch all night in between Snickers and Kit-Kats. Usually I buy hamburger buns or even splurge on the bakery rolls, but that week the grocery budget was tight.

I decided to give the homemade rolls a try, and I found these rolls through The Grocery Cart Challenge. I decided that if they totally turned into hockey pucks, I could still scratch together some change and hit the grocery store.

Now, some of you folks are totally thinking I'm crazy that I couldn't fit hamburger buns in the grocery budget, while others of you who watch your grocery budget like a hawk, too, and sympathize. My stance lately has been that if I can make it at home, and the budget's tight, why not give it a try? Homemade versions of pizza crust, enchilada sauce, refried beans and chicken stock have all been creations of a tight budget week, and I'm all the better for it.

The verdict?
This rolls were great, looked like store-bought and I think if I hadn't told everyone I made them, I could have passed them off. I made the recipe into 12 hamburger bun size, but they were a little too big, so next time I'll make 18. (Updated 11/17/10 - I have decided 16 rolls for this recipe makes the perfect size!) But these rolls gave me great confidence to make them again and try more bread recipes!

These buns had an almost croissant-like taste, and they made great Egg & Cheese Sandwiches the next day, also!

Buttery Bread Machine Rolls
recipe adapted from Recipezaar

1 cup warm milk (70 to 80 degrees F.)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
4 cups bread flour (or all purpose)
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. Divide dough into 24 portions for dinner rolls, and 16 portions for hamburger buns. Shape dough into balls. Place in a greased 13 inch by 9 inch baking pan or lined baking sheet. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours. Bake at 350 degrees for 13-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Easy Cooking | Simple Cooking 

1 comment:

  1. Oh man those look *beautiful* ... I wanna try the recipe, too!