It's no secret that I love bread. But what I don't love about it is waiting for it! I was talking with a new friend a few months ago about baking, and he mentioned that at minimum, his bread recipes take 24-36 hours. He's an amazing, restaurant-worthy baker (far more advanced in his baking skills than I will ever be) but all I could think was, "How in the world could anyone wait that long for some delicious bread?" When I want bread, I want it now! I've resigned myself to the fact that I have to wait 2-3 hours for some fresh bread, but then I discovered this recipe for soft and fluffy one hour rolls. Mind blown!
I've been burned by one hour roll recipes before that turned out dense and chewy or just didn't taste right. These rolls, though... they taste like they took all afternoon to make! They're light and fluffy and so soft and delicious. I made a pan of twenty rolls and they were gone in an afternoon, between the four of us. They are honestly some of the best rolls I've ever made, and I can't believe they only take an hour to make!
I served them with some amazing cinnamon vanilla honey butter (recipe coming on Friday!) and they were pretty much the greatest thing ever. You definitely need this little beauties in your life, and fast!
Soft and Fluffy One Hour Rolls
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon yeast (I used active dry yeast and it worked great)
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups flour, more or less as needed
3 tablespoons melted butter, for brushing on top
sea salt, for sprinkling on top
In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water and let stand for five minutes, or until foamy. Add the butter, salt, and 3 cups of flour, and mix until combined. Add additional flour, 1/4 cup at a time, until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and is only slightly sticky to the touch (be careful not to add too much flour!). Knead 3-5 minutes, until smooth. Cover and let rise 20 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400 and line a 9 x 13 pan with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray. Gently punch the dough down and divide into 20 equal sized pieces (I used a kitchen scale because I'm neurotic, but I'm sure they would work out fine if you just eyeballed it). Roll each piece into a ball and space evenly in the prepared pan. Brush with melted butter, sprinkle with sea salt, and let rise for an additional 15-20 minutes. Bake 13-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove and brush with butter. Let cool slightly before serving and enjoy!
recipe via The Little Red Hen