Sunday, December 25, 2011

Dinner rolls 奶油餐包

Today is Christmas. All grocery stores are closed. However, I suddenly had a strong craving about dinner rolls. Ah~ I am so tired of cooking, but I don't know any magic either. So I gave in to my craving, and I started to make some dinner rolls. It only took 3 hours to make, from beginning to finish. When they're fresh just out of the oven, they are slightly flaky on the outside and soft in the inside, just the way I like it. I also put a small amount of butter inside for taste, but it's optional. Worth the try!
Buttery Dinner Rolls (makes about 15):


  • Water or milk 150 cc.
  • Bread flour 250 g
  • Cake flour 50 g
  • Sugar 40 g
  • Salt 1 tsp
  • Butter, softened 3 Tbsp
  • Egg 2/3
  • Dry milk powder or powder coffee cream 2.5 Tbsp
  • Instant yeast 1 tsp
  • Wheat gluten flour 1/2 Tbsp
Butter filling:
  • Salted butter 3 Tbsp
  • (If no salted butter, melt 3 Tbsp unsalted butter and mix with 1/2 tsp salt. Freeze it in the freezer or refrigerator. Cut into cubes.)

1. Put everything (except for butter) for the dough in the bread machine. Use the dough function until a ball forms. Add the softened butter, and wait until it incorporates into the dough. Add the instant yeast.

2. Let the bread machine finish the kneading. Take the bucket out, and cover the bucket with a damp paper towel. Use the "proof" function of the oven, and let the dough rise until it's double in size, about 40 min.

3. Spread some bread flour on a dry clean surface, and divide the dough into 15 pieces (about 40 g/piece). Roll each piece into a ball. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 10 min.

4. Take the cold salted butter out from the refrigerator. Cut into 15 cubes. 

5. Wrap one piece of salted butter into one piece of dough. Make sure it's sealed tightly at the seam. Put the pieces in a greased 9" x 13 " baking dish.

6. Let the dough rise the second time in the oven, using the "proof" function, until they are big and touching each other, about 40 min.

7. Take the baking dish out of the oven, and heat the oven to 350 F. 

8. Brush the surface of the rolls with egg wash (1 egg + 1 Tbsp water). Bake for 10 to 15 min, or until the top of the rolls are golden brown.

9. Take the rolls out, and brush some butter on top when they are still hot. Serve.

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