The Joy of Bread (and Buttermilk Dinner Rolls)

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I think I was in about the 7th grade when my mom discovered the joy of making homemade bread. She had purchased one of those big Bosch mixers and once that mixer entered into our life, so did homemade bread. I can remember her grinding wheat to make homemade wheat bread (my dad’s favorite… the heartier the better). I personally loved it when she would make white bread and then would also make homemade honey butter. There was many a Sunday afternoon where she would make a loaf of bread with honey butter and we would have the entire loaf gone by the end of the day. In fact, there were some days where that is what we would have for dinner… fresh from the oven bread and butter!

I first started making bread around 6 years ago. I bought a bread machined to aid in the process. My first few attempts were using the Krusteaz bread machine mixes. Once I got comfortable with those, I graduated to recipes that came in my bread machine manual. Eventually I was able to master just about any standard bread machine recipe I came across. With the aid of my bread maker dough cycle doing most of the work, I soon discovered how simple bread baking could be. Now days, my bread machine is the most used small appliance in my kitchen (I only use the dough cycle and never actually bake my bread in the bread machine). I make homemade bread so often that my spoiled kids think nothing of sitting down to dinner with a loaf of homemade bread on the table.

I know there are many of you out there who are scared of baking with yeast. I hope that you will take my word for it when I say there is absolutely nothing to be scared of. If you own a bread machine, take it out of storage and start playing around with it. If you follow your bread machine instructions you will see how easy bread making can be (for my machine I add liquid first, dry ingredients next (with flour next to last)… make a well in the flour and add the yeast).

If you want to dip into bread making, but want some encouragement or some advice, send me an email. I’d be happy to support you along the way :)

Old Fashioned Buttermilk Dinner Rolls (from Recipezaar, posted by Burgundy Damsel)

Click on the recipe title to see my review, including my adaptations

2½ hours | 2 hours prep

SERVES 16 , 16 rolls

  1. Place 1/4 cup of the warm water in a small bowl; stir in yeast. Let stand 10 min or until yeast is dissolved and foamy.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk remaining 1/2 cup water, buttermilk, egg, butter, sugar and salt in large bowl. Whisk in yeast mixture to combine.
  3. Slowly stir in 3 1/2 cups of flour, using hands if necessary, until soft dough forms. Slowly add up to 1/4 cup additional flour if needed to form soft dough that pulls away from sides of bowl.
  4. On lightly floured surface, knead dough 7 to 10 min or until smooth and elastic. Place dough in lightly buttered large bowl; turn to coat all sides with butter.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap and towel; let rise in warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  6. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Gently punch down dough; turn out onto lightly floured surface. Divide dough in half; cut each half into 8 pieces.
  7. Roll each piece into desired shape; place on baking sheet. Spray plastic wrap with cooking spray, cover rolls. Let rise in warm place 30 to 40 min or until double in size. (To make ahead, shape rolls, place on baking sheet and cover with greased plastic wrap. Refridgerate 4 hours or overnight. When ready to bake, let stand at room temperature 30 min before baking.).
  8. Heat oven to 375*. Bake 15 to 18 min or until light golden brown.
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  1. says

    I wanna get back to bread making and also use our bread machine for the harder work. My wrists are no longer 30yrs old and dh would bake the bread in the machine if left to his own devices. Too weird a shape imho.

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  2. says

    Mmmmm… this bread sounds so delicious! I can almost SMELL it. I have a bread machine and LOVE it, but haven’t tried just using the dough setting. I’ll have to try it sometime.

    Thank you for posting on my blog today! My little puppy is called a Shorkie. His Mom is a Shih Tzu and his Dad is a Yorkie. He is very smart and just about the cutest dog I have EVER seen! We love him to pieces! Thanks for asking about him =)

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  3. says

    Mmmm… this bread sounds delicious! I can almost smell it =) I love my bread machine, but have never tried to use just the dough setting. I’ll have to give that a whirl!

    Thanks so much for commenting on my blog today. My little puppy is a Shorkie. His mom is a Shih Tzu and his dad is a Yorkie. It’s the perfect cross in my opinion. He is just the BEST dog we have ever had, and our first small dog. I am convinced and will only have small dogs from now on 😉

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  4. says

    I haven’t yet tackled baking with yeast. I’m a bit scared, yet I love fresh homemade bread, so I’m going to have to get over my fear! Your rolls look delicious!

  5. says

    Those look delish, I like unravelling them when they are warm and spreading with jam.
    Aaargh, I’m going to have a craving for these all weekend now!

  6. says

    I too love using the dough cycle on my bread machine – it just makes it so much easier! I can’t really knead dough all that well, it hurts my wrist. But we just moved, and my bread machine is now stored three feet above my head on top of the cupboards, so it doesn’t get pulled out as much. I think I need to find some place easier to put it, so I can use it more…

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  7. says

    I use my bread machine for making dough too, I don’t like using it to bake bread it doesn’t seem to come out well.

    I’m always on the lookout for new recipes to try, these rolls are next on my list!

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  8. says

    I adore the idea of homemade bread on the table every night. It’s what I think of when I think of times past when women would spend the entire day making the evening meal for the family. I’m certain we’re all greatful for the progress we’ve made since those times, but from time to time I wish that I could put the time and effort into food that my great-grand parents did.

    I’ve asked for Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day for Christmas and if Santa doesn’t bring it, I’m getting it for myself! Hopefully five minutes a day will be manageable for this modern day time schedule!

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  9. says

    Bread was one of the few things my mom didn’t make from scratch – probably because with 5 children, we just went through bread too fast. But she did always make homemade rolls for holidays, and those are still my favorite! I actually have a bread machine, but I like to knead by hand for some crazy reason. These rolls look perfect!

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  10. Kelsie says

    Thank you so, so, so much for this PERFECT recipe. It was exactly what my family was looking for! I actually added an extra yeast packet, and my rolls got huge (just what we wanted). Sifting the flour made the rolls extra fluffy. You can see a pic of the results here:
    (minus one roll, because my brother grabbed it straight from the oven!).

    Thanks again, and merry Christmas!


  11. says

    I love home made bread! I try to have it every day. It can be hard with my busy schedule, though. When I’m pressed for time, I pull out my favorite bread machine mix and use my bread machine to mix and knead the dough. Then I take it out and bake it in my oven. This saves alot of time, however, there is a satisfaction of baking from scratch.
    Happy Holidays!
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