Virginia Light Rolls, Page 86, December 22, 2017

I was in charge of dinner rolls for our traditional Christmas Eve Dinner at my cousin’s house.  We have missed this particular get together over the past few years and now that Mom and Dad are back home for the holidays, I am really looking forward to seeing everyone.

After making rolls for Thanksgiving and shaping them using the cloverleaf-style, I decided to attempt fantan-style rolls this time.  (More on the shaping escapades to follow the recipe)

Into the bread machine pan, I placed:

1 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk

3 tablespoons honey

2 large eggs

1 – 1/2 teaspoons salt

6 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces

4 – 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons SAF yeast

I set the machine for the “Dough” cycle and set about greasing my muffin tins.  When the machine signaled the end of the cycle, I turned the dough out onto a lightly floured mat.

I then rolled the dough into a rectangle 18 x 14 inches and brushed the surface with melted butter.  At this point in my retelling, I am going to quote the cookbook directly.

“Cut the rectangle in half lengthwise, then cut each half into 3 long strips of equal width.  Stack the strips on top of each other to form a layered pile.  With a sharp knife, cut in half.  Cut each half into 6 equal portions.  Place each portion in a muffin cup with the cut edge facing up (they will open as they bake). Brush each with melted butter.”

I covered the rolls loosely with plastic wrap and allowed them to rise at room temperature for 45 minutes.

I am not sure what I did wrong, but I certainly did something. After rising, the rolls looked like something exploding our of the muffin tins.  I went ahead and baked them, at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, but for the second batch, I shaped them as cloverleaf rolls, following the same rising and baking instructions.

The rolls baked up golden brown and tasted delightful.  The issue I had was with the density.  They just seemed so heavy.  One of the dinner guests said the following, “They were very good but a little dense.”

Again, no photos. You will have to trust me that the first batch looked crazy.

 

 

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