Dinner Rolls for a Crowd

December 2009
Dinner Rolls for a Crowd

by 11 people

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Makes: 36 servings

Prep: 35 mins

Bake: 15 mins

Ingredients
  • 3 - 3 1/2 cups flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 ounce envelope instant yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons butter, 6 softened and 4 melted
  • 2/3 cup warm water (between 110 degrees and 115 degrees )
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • Coarse salt, for sprinkling
Directions
  1. Using a standing mixer, combine 1 cup flour, the sugar, yeast and salt. With the machine on, gradually add the softened butter at low speed until the mixture is the consistency of sand, 1 to 2 minutes. Mix in the warm water in a slow, steady stream for about 1 minute. Increase the speed to medium and beat until smooth, about 2 minutes; scrape down the bowl. Beat in the egg at low speed for about 1 minute.
  2. Using the mixer fitted with a dough hook, mix in 2 cups flour, 1/4 cup at a time, on low speed, scraping down the bowl once, until the dough forms a ball, about 2 minutes. Increase the speed to medium and beat for 5 minutes until smooth, elastic and slightly sticky, adding up to 1/2 cup more flour if needed. Cover the bowl and let stand in a warm spot for 10 minutes.
  3. Brush a heavy-duty baking sheet with 1 tablespoon melted butter. On a lightly floured surface, divide the dough into thirds, then cut each third into 12 equal pieces and roll into balls. Arrange the dough balls about 1 inch apart on the prepared pan. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees . Bake the rolls until golden-brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Brush with the remaining 3 tablespoons melted butter and sprinkle with the coarse salt.
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