Tuesday, January 17, 2012

French Bread Rolls

I love all the bread and rolls on my blog but for some reason, I LOVE trying new bread/rolls recipe. French bread is one of my all time favorite breads. Just the smell of it at the grocery store makes me drool. When I came across this recipe, I had to give it a try. It was FANTASTIC! I ate FOUR over dinner. FOUR! That is not normal but I had to tell you so you understand just how great these rolls are!

1 1/2 cups warm water
3/4 tablespoon instant yeast (or 1 tablespoon active dry yeast)
2 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoon canola oil
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups flour

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl by hand, combine the warm water, yeast, sugar, oil, salt, and 2 cups of the flour (if you are using active dry yeast instead of instant yeast, let the yeast proof in the warm water and sugar for about 3-5 minutes until it is foamy and bubbly before adding the oil, salt, and flour).
2. Begin mixing and continue to add the rest of the flour gradually until the dough has pulled away from the sides of the bowl. The dough should be soft and smooth but still slightly tacky to the touch.
3. Knead the dough in the mixer for about 5 minutes.
4. Lightly spray a large bowl with cooking spray and place the dough in the bowl. Cover the bowl and let the dough rise until it has doubled in size (about an hour).
5. Lightly punch down the dough and turn it out onto a lightly greased countertop. Divided the dough into 12 equal pieces and form the dough into round balls. Place the rolls on a lightly greased baking sheet about an inch or two apart.
6. Cover the rolls with lightly greased plastic wrap taking care not to pin the plastic wrap under the baking sheet or else the rolls will flatten while rising.
7. Let rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
8. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Bake for 12-14 minutes until lightly browned and cooked through.

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