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Monday, December 14, 2009

Lion House Dinner Rolls

I gave these rolls a try and they were wonderful, moist, and simply delicious. The family and guest loved them too.

2 cups warm water
2/3 cup nonfat dry milk (instant or non-instant)
2 Tablespoons dry yeast
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1/3 cup butter, shortening, or margarine
1 egg
5 to 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour or bread flour. (This was more like 7 cups for me! What did I do wrong? :-0)

In large bowl of electric mixer, combine water and milk powder; stir until milk dissolves. Add yeast, then sugar, salt, butter, egg, and 2 cups flour. Mix on low speed of mixer until ingredients are wet, then for 2 minutes at medium speed. Add another 2 cups flour; mix on low speed until ingredients are wet, then for 2 minutes at medium speed. Dough will be getting stiff and remaining flour may need to be mixed in by hand. (my Kitchen Aid had no problem with the 7 cups I ended up using). Add 1/2 cup more flour mix again, by hand or mixer. Dough should be soft, not overly sticky, and not stiff. It is not necessary to use the entire amount of flour (unless you are Jill of course! Then you have to use two additional cups to get the dough not overly sticky, but not stiff! Whatever works right?!)

Scrape dough off sides of bowl and pour about one Tablespoon oil all around sides of bowl. Turn dough over in bowl so its covered with oil. (This helps prevent dough from drying out.) Cover with plastic and allow to rise in warm place until double in size. Sprinkle cutting board or counter with flour and place dough on floured board. Roll out and cut rolls into desired share and size. Place on greased (or parchment lined) baking pans. Let rise in warm place until rolls are double in size.

Bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until browned. Brush with melted butter while hot. Makes 1 to 1 1/2 dozen rolls.

*I watched the Lion House Roll clip at Deseretbook.com and they demonstrated how to cut and fold these rolls. They used the length and width of your finger when it is held our in the "L" shape. Makes an easy tool when you can simply use your hand.

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