June 20, 2013
We are so sorry we missed everyone yesterday! We were camping/hiking in the Rockies and had a blast! Now it’s time to get back to the real world and make some deliciously sweet dinner rolls; not such a bad real world if I do say so myself. I don’t know if it was my loss of calories the past two days, but I was really craving some fresh bread today. I thought dinner rolls would be the easiest/best option. They certainly did not disappoint. What makes these rolls so great is how sweet they are. Now, they aren’t in your face sweet so that they take on the characteristics of your average muffin (even though they are kind of shaped like a muffin – but I’ll get to that in a minute), but they have that subtle sweetness that, I don’t know about you, but I always crave in a dinner roll. They are perfect with soup, steak or all by themselves. Give them a try! They are super easy. I promise.
If you are at all confused by my description of how to construct the muffins in the recipe at the end of the post, just check out the pictures below. This is how they should look before they go into the oven. You will literally make 1 inch balls out of the dough and pile 3 to 4 into the muffin molds of your muffin tin. Not only do you get a super cool looking roll, but they meld so perfectly together when they bake. I also find that making dinner rolls in a muffin tin are so much easier to make than constructing them freehand, and who cares what they look like! They come out delicious either way!
This is how they should look when they come out of the oven:
This is Cilantro. You probably know this already =). This is Cilantro super, super dirty. We have been camping/hiking in the mountains for the past two days as a test run for Cilantro. We plan on taking him into the backcountry for some backpacking trips, but didn’t know how he would do on trails or how he would do sleeping in a tent. SURPRISINGLY, he did great! I say “surprisingly” because we were convinced that it was going to be an epic fail on his part. We were so impressed with his performance! We were not however impressed that his beautiful white fur had turned gray. Let’s just say he had an extra special bath time today =).
Ok, so back to food:
Whilst I was making these bundles of goodness, I knew that I had to pair them with a beer that has been brewed with honey. That’s not TOO hard to find, but I knew that it had to be an extra special beer brewed with honey. I had no other choice, but to pair these rolls with Dogfish Head’s Chateau Jiahu. It’s brewed with orange blossom honey, so DUH, it only makes perfect sense. This beer is just spectacular and just a little bit difficult to describe. Check out Dogfish Head’s description Dogfish Head’s Chateau Jiahu here. I think that just about sums it up. What I think is great about this brew, is that it pairs so well with spicy or sweet foods. You really can’t go wrong there =).
Well, I hope everyone is super excited for the weekend! Enjoy your Fridays everyone!
Sweet Honey Dinner Rolls
These dinner rolls have a touch of sweetness with honey. Sweet honey dinner rolls is the way to go if you really want to impress at your next dinner party.
1 1/8 teaspoon active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons sugar
2 eggs, beaten (split)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
3 cups flour (plus more if needed)
2 tablespoons cool water
- In the bowl of your stand mixer (with dough hook attached), combine the yeast and the water. Let sit for 10 minute or until it begins to foam. Add the honey, sugar, 1 of the beaten eggs, salt, buttermilk and melted butter. Whisk to combine. Slowly add in the flour until the dough takes on an elastic consistency. If you find that it hasn’t reached this elastic consistency, add more flour, a tablespoon at a time. Once all of the flour has been incorporated, transfer the dough to a generously floured surface. Knead for 2-3 minutes, then transfer to an oiled bowl. Cover with a tea towel and let rise for approximately 1 hour, or until the dough has doubled in size.
- Prepare your muffin tin by spraying it with a non-stick spray. Using a 1-inch scoop, scoop out the dough and roll into balls. Put approximately 3-4 balls into each muffin tin. You will have 10-12 “rolls” when you have finished. Cover the tin again with the tea towel and let sit for approximately 45 minutes.
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Combine the remaining beaten egg and 2 tablespoons of cool water in a small bowl. Whisk to combine. Using a brush, brush the egg wash onto each roll. Bake the rolls at 400 degrees F for 17-20 minute or until they begin to brown slightly on top.
- Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve with butter or jam and enjoy!
- Hardware: * Measuring Cups * Measuring Spoons * Stand Mixer (or food processor) with Dough Hook Attached * Bowls * Muffin Tin * 1-inch Scoop * Towel * Wire Rack * Brush *
- Inactive Time: 1 hour 45 minutes