Old School Cafeteria Rolls
Cafeteria rolls were my favorite part of lunch as a kid. They were always so soft and warm and buttery. Just all around goodness. I've been playing around with roll recipes for a while and this one is pretty much spot on. Pretty easy to make too.
Here's what you'll need to make 'em:
- 1 package instant yeast (1/4 oz)
- 1/2 cup of warm water
- 4 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- 4 to 5 cups of flour
- 1 cup of warm water
- 1/4 cup of canola oil
Sprinkle yeast over 1/2 cup of warm water. Let it sit for about 10 minutes until it's dissolved and a little foamy.
While the yeast is dissolving, add the salt, sugar and 4 cups of the flour to a bowl with a dough hook attachment. Mix well.
Once the yeast has dissolved add it to the bowl, along with the canola oil and the remaining 1 cup of warm water.
Let everything mix for a few minutes on low, if your dough is sticking to the sides of the bowl add in about a third of the flour and mix again. Keep adding flour until the dough pulls away from the sides and the sides are clean. Mine took the full 5th cup.
Oil a bowl and set aside. Once your dough is ready, it will still be a little sticky, but not to where it sticks entirely to your hands. Place the dough in the oiled bowl, cover with a towel and let it rise for about 2 hours.
Once it has doubled in size, punch the dough down and let it rest for another 15 to 20 minutes.
Grease a pan with butter and form the rolls by hand.
Let them rise for about 20 minutes.
Bake at 375° for 25 to 30 minutes, they should be lightly browned on the tops when ready. Brush them with melted butter when taken out of the oven.