Cajun Easy™ - Basic Bread Rolls
This is as close as I have come to replicating my Momma’s fresh homemade bread. Nobody can make bread like my Momma, but she just didn’t measure anything and so couldn’t really give me a recipe!! She always said, “You just have to go by how it feels.” Well, if you’re like me and don’t have time to experiment forever, use this recipe to make dough and then shape it anyway that seems fun for the occasion.
8 ounces (1 cup) warm water (80 degrees F)
3 tablespoons softened butter or margarine
3 cups bread flour
3.5 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoon dry milk
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons active dry yeast or 1.5 teaspoons bread machine yeast
softened butter or slightly beaten egg white for browning
You can use a bread machine to make this dough or a mixer with a dough hook. Of course, you can do it the old fashion way like my Momma does it . . . and mix it by hand.
Get the water, butter or margarine, flour, sugar, dry milk, salt, and yeast all mixed and kneaded thoroughly. Let the dough rest for about 15 minutes on a floured surface. No cheating. Let it rest :-)
Next you will be shaping the dough as desired. Grease your pan or baking sheet with whatever you choose (butter or spray) and then get your dough shaped and ready to let rise.
Have fun!! Rolls, bread sticks, divided in a muffin pan . . . they are all great shapes to make using this recipe.
Cover your finished dough and place it in a warm, draft-free place until double in size, about 45 minutes to an hour.
After the dough has risen, brush with butter or slightly beaten egg white and then bake in a pre-heated, 350 degree F oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
I like to sprinkle a little coarse salt on mine sometimes before baking.
Serve them warm and enjoy the well deserved praise from family and friends ;-)
The Easy Cajun