Remember those fluffy, delicious, dinner rolls that your grandmother used to make? You could try to hunt it down in the grocery store (spoiler: you’re not going to find them) or pay an arm and a leg at the Farmer’s market – but why not try it at-home?
Easy Cheese Bread/Dinner Roll/Sandwich Bread Recipe
2 1/2 cups of warm water
2 tablespoons active dry yeast
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon salt
six and a half cups of flour
- Combine the warm water, yeast and sugar and let the yeast bloom for five minutes. I do this in the stand mixer to avoid excessive dishes, and extra work
- After five minutes, add the butter and the salt to the mixture, give it a quick mix
- Add two cups of four until combined, and gradually add the rest of the flour
- Knead on low in with the dough hook for five minutes, or eight minutes by hand until dough is elastic and smooth. Don’t get tempted to add extra flour if the dough seems sticky
- Let rise for one hour in an oiled bowl, covered until it doubles in size. For dinner rolls; Roll into balls, and place into pan, touching each other. Let rise for an additional forty to sixty minutes until doubled in size. For bread, divide the dough into two loaves and let rise in pan until it’s over the top of the pan. It may take more than an hour.
- To help raise the dough, a heating pad on warm also helps if you don’t want to place on top of the already heated stove.
- For dinner rolls, bake between 15-20 minutes, and for bread, bake between 40-45 minutes at 374 degrees.
- Let cool 20-30 minutes on cooling racks before cutting
Chili in a Cheesey Bread Bowl
Mix up a pot of your favorite chili – or grab some from the freezer (double batch cook the chili the next time you’re making dinner) and use the ends of the loaves from cheese bread (sprinkle cheese on top and 1/4 cup into the dough of the bread recipe above before baking) to fill with the chili. Sprinkle with cheese and broil for 3-7 minutes, and watch it closely, until cheese has bubbled.