Aunt Lois Sullivan always made the best dinner rolls.
The Sullivan Ranch is 30 miles west of the little town of Dubois, Idaho, and an hour and half from where we live. Neighbors are far apart. We drive across a high dessert plain covered with sagebrush and occasional wheat fields and then drop into a little valley. The ranch is in the center of the valley.
The Sullivan's run maybe a thousand head of cattle in the valley. A little stream wanders through the verdant valley, providing water for the alfalfa fields, and power for the generators that light the house and ranch buildings.
The ranch is over a hundred years old, rich in heritage, with old implements on the hill and corrals and buildings that have been built and rebuilt over the years.
Aunt Lois made the best roast beef dinners . . . and soft dinner rolls. This isn't her recipe but it's close. We think you'll like it.
How to make light, airy dinner rolls!
Patience. Let them rise. When you think they have risen enough, let them rise some more. Let them rise all the way to the point when they are about to blister. They should look puffy, full of air, and be soft to the touch. An indentation should slowly spring back if at all. It is possible to let bread rise too much but people usually don't.
And a good dough conditioner is essential. It should give you 10 to 15% more rise plus a nicer texture.
How to make potato dinner rolls
Potato rolls are moist and wonderful. The potatoes make them moist, both because of the consistency of the potatoes and because potatoes are hygroscopic, they attract and retain moisture. This recipe calls for mashed potatoes. You can also use potato flour which makes for a quicker, simpler recipe. Potato flour has the same effect as mashed potatoes.
How to make whole wheat dinner rolls.
Most whole wheat rolls are made with a combination of whole wheat and white flours. Our favorite combination for bread is 40% whole wheat to 60% white although we often reverse the ratio. Sometimes we make 100% whole wheat bread. For dinner rolls, we like a little lighter dough; we use 30% to 40% whole wheat.
How to Make Crusty Dinner Rolls
It's steam that gives bread its thick, chewy crust. Commercial ovens have a steam injector but you can improvise at home with an old baking tin in the bottom of the oven and a mister. In fact, you can make fabulous crusty breads.
The same technique that you use for crusty breads works for rolls.
How to make Kaiser rolls
Here is our recipe for Kaiser dinner rolls. We have used this recipe for our own Thanksgiving dinner. The recipe is for crusty dinner rolls but you can make them soft if you like.
Have a great day!
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