Bread baking is therapeutic for me, it just is. There is something relaxing and settling about mixing up the dough, kneading it, letting it rise, and seeing where it all grows and goes. I am always in awe of how many ways one can use the same ingredients and come out with such differing results and breads.
This week school was on spring break so I talked up bread baking with my Twitter pals and had some takers...I baked bread happily all week long. Nancy needed to make rolls for the homeless shelter in Atlanta on Monday, so she sent out a query asking if I would like to join in and which rolls should we make. I searched my pin boards at Pinterest and came up with this recipe, Soft Butter Rolls from Bread: A Baker's Book of Techniques and Recipes by Jeffrey Hamelman, p. 258 that Di had made (Di always finds good bread recipes for us to try) and soon Nancy and I were making rolls, and Margaret joined right in as well.
The roll dough went together easily (there is a misprint in the book in regards to the yeast measurement, so if your copy of the recipe says 1 teaspoon of instant yeast., you need to change that to 2.75 teaspoons, a big difference).
I made cloverleaf-shaped rolls as Mark likes those...he can butter up each section like we all did when we were little kids. Nancy and Margaret made basic dinner rolls from it.
I think I could have taken them out pf the oven a couple of minutes earlier than the recipe says as they were quite colorful, but both the inside (so fluffy and nice) and outside (buttery from the extra butter the recipe says to apply after baking) were delicious, so maybe that's just how they are supposed to be...they were good and I would not hesitate to make this recipe again.
Click here for the recipe and directions.