Friday, November 14, 2008

Hard Rolls

I just tried this recipe yesterday and it was such a big hit with my kids that I'm making it again today. I'm experimenting with whole wheat flour to see what kind of results I get. These rolls are really good!

1 Tbsp. yeast
1 1/2 cup warm water
1 1/2 tsp. salt
3 1/2 cup white flour, approx.

In a large bowl, mix the yeast in 1/4 cup warm water and let it stand for a few minutes until dissolved. Ad another 1 1/4 cup warm water, stir in salt and then 3 cups of the flour. Turn out and knead for 10 minutes until smooth adding flour as necessary. Place in unbuttered bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place until double. This will take a while because there is no sugar in the recipe. Punch down and turn out on a board. Pull off pieces of dough slightly larger than a gold ball and turn them, cupping your hands over and pulling dough toward the bottom until you have a perfect round. Pinch the seams at the bottom and place on a cookie sheet 2 inches apart (either use Pam or sprinkle cornmeal first). cover lightly with a towel (I used wetted paper towels) and let rise again until double. Preheat oven to 450 degress about halfway through final rising. Brush risen rolls with cold water and put them in the oven. Immediately throw several ice cubes in the floor of the over. Check after 15 minutes. When rolls are done they should be browned.

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