French Bread Rolls

I had a potluck at work a few weeks ago. I thought hey, I’ll bake up some home made buns for it my co-workers will love it!  I tried this recipe out for the first time on them lol. I probably should have tried it on my family first, but I like to like on the wild side.  The buns turned out A-mazing!! My only problem is we have multiple potlucks at work. And everyone only wants me to make the buns.  At least these are super easy to make! only 6 Ingredients!

What I do that’s not in the instructions (I do it for most of my bread recipes if it’s not already warm in the house from me baking) I turn on the stove to 200 degrees and as soon as it’s warmed up I turn it off. By the time I have the dough for the bread is ready to sit and rise,the oven is the perfect temp for the bowl to sit in the oven and the bread dough rises quicker. (For a busy mom like me, the quicker I can get my baking done, the better!)

Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups warm water
  2. 3/4 Tablespoon instant yeast (or 1 tablespoon active dry yeast)
  3. 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  4. 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. 4 cups all-purpose flour
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl by hand, combine the warm water, yeast, sugar, oil, salt and 2 cups of the flour (if you are using active dry yeast instead of instant yeast, let the yeast proof in the warm water and sugar for about 3-5 minutes until it is foamy and bubbly before adding the oil, salt and flour). Begin mixing and continue to add the rest of the flour gradually until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. (You may not need to use all of the flour the recipe calls for) The dough should be soft and smooth but still slightly tacky to the touch.
  2. Knead dough in the stand mixer or by hand until it is very smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes in a stand mixer or 8-10 minutes by hand. Lightly spray a large bowl with cooking spray and place the dough in the bowl. Cover the bowl with lightly greased plastic wrap. Let the dough rise until it has doubled (about 45 minutes to an hour).
  3. Punch down dough and turn it out onto a lightly greased countertop. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and form the dough into round balls. Place the rolls on a lightly greased or silpat-lined baking sheet about an inch or two apart. Cover rolls with a kitchen towel or lightly greased plastic wrap. Let rolls rise until doubled.
  4. Preheat oven to 400° F. Bake for 12-14 minutes until lightly browned and cooked through. Remove from oven and immediately rub the tops of rolls with butter.
Notes
  1. Yields: 1 dozen
  2. **These rolls can be made into the most amazing sub rolls for sandwiches! Just combine two roll dough pieces together and shape into a log. Then bake according to directions above. Yields 6 sub rolls.

Of course I found this recipe on Pinterest (really where else do people get recipes these days?) Thanks to http://life-in-the-lofthouse.com/french-bread-rolls/ this recipe is a family favourite.

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