Any recipe you have for rolls needs to be incinerated. Have a bonfire, make s'mores, and laugh while your great-grandmother's roll recipe goes up in flames. This recipe makes the softest, most delicious rolls. Ever. Sorry to all the Mabels, Bettys, Margories, and Ethels out there that had a recipe passed down for 10 generations. This recipe has officially trumped yours- for good. These rolls are a-maz-ing.
World's Best Dinner Rolls
2 c whole milk
1/2 c + 1 T sugar, divided
1/3 c butter
2 t kosher salt
2 pkgs instant dry yeast (4 1/2 t)
2/3 c warm water (105-115 degrees)
8-9 c flour
3 beaten eggs
Combine milk, butter, 1/2 c sugar, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat until the butter melts. Pour the mixture into a bowl and place in the fridge to cool down while you prepare the yeast mixture.
Dissolve the yeast and 1 T of sugar in the warm water. Let it sit for ten minutes. The yeast mixture should foam and bubble up. If it doesn't get all big and poofy, the water was probably too hot. This step is important. If the yeast doesn't rise, the bread won't either.
In a large mixing bowl, combine 3 c of flour and the cooled milk mixture. Beat on low for 30 seconds, scraping down the sides often.
Add yeast mixture and beat on high for 3 minutes. Add the beaten eggs. Add enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough. Don't add too much flour or the rolls will be dense. The dough will be very soft.
Place the dough in a warm place to let rise for 30 minutes. I always boil water in a pyrex glass measuring cup in the microwave and leave it in there. I add the bowl with the dough in the microwave and let it rise in there. It stays nice and warm in there from the boiling water. Works like a charm.
Once it has doubled in size, roll it into a rectangle about an inch thick. Use a pizza cutter to cut it into 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and place it in a greased 9x13 pan.
Boil more water and leave it in the microwave. Add the pan of rolls and let it rise for 30 minutes.
About ten minutes before they are done rising, preheat the oven to 375.
Bake them for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown on top.
Rub a stick of cold butter on top of the rolls. Buttery, golden, delicious puffs of floury goodness.