You will never hear me claim I am a gourmet cook or baker. Like Nigella Lawson if there is a shortcut I will take it. A few years ago I started baking breads and rolls. Basically because one of my most favorite pastries is the cinnamon roll and I wanted to start making them at home. But yeast was intimidating to me, not sure why, it just was. With the help of my bread machine I got over it. Figuring if I can put all my ingredients into the bread machine, choose “dough” in about 2 hours it would be ready to roll out, put in a pan and bake it and no one will ever know I didn’t spend those 2 hours carefully rising and kneading the dough. It works.
Here is a recipe that I have come up with and made it several times into one large loaf also into small rolls and it works both way. You can make a variation of adding dry herbs or brushing them just before the final bake with melted butter. Or both.
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
2 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil (light)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
4 cups All-purpose flour
Put the ingredients into your bread machine in order. Normally bread machines ask you put liquid in first and dry ingredients on top. I start with the water and the yeast and let it bloom for about 5 minutes then everything else goes in on top.
Choose “dough” setting and walk away!
When the machine signals it’s done turn the dough out onto a floured surface and shape into either small rolls or just one big loaf. While you are waiting for the over to come up to temp let the dough rise once more (about 30 minutes) then bake at 400 degrees for 16-19 minutes.