May 20

Let’s get roll-in.

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I love having friends and family that share my passion for good food. When you are around foodies, you often are also around people that have wonderful recipes to share. Cooking and eating are not solitary sports. Even if you happen to be cooking or eating alone on a particular occasion, the effort to get that recipe or food into your hands required a collaboration by multiple people and a preceding history. Maybe Farmer Joe grew those delicious strawberries and you were lucky enough to buy them from him, or maybe you bought them at a local supermarket. And that recipe you’re using for strawberry shortcake? Where did you get it? Your mom? A friend? A magazine? And where did it come from before that? Maybe the recipe is even your own creation, but who taught you to cook? I guess what I’m trying to say is, that it is very difficult to eat or cook without the involvement of someone else in some way at some point in the process. That’s one of the things that I love so much about food–the collaborative and creative process of creating and sharing. This is why it is so fun to know fellow foodies. One of my favorite fellow foodies (although she is a BRILLIANT craft blogger), LollyChops, recently shared a recipe with me for rolls that her dad developed that she said I had to try. In the spirit of the collaborative and creative process that is food, I have to share the recipe with you because it is yummy and easy.

You start out by throwing all of your ingredients into a bread maker. I have one, but have hardly ever used it, so I had to dig mine out and dust it off a bit.
When your dough has gone through the dough cycle you pull it out and form it into little knots,
and then let them rise for about an hour.
Then you just put them in the oven to cook for a bit.
These rolls are light and soft with a hint of sweetness. I immediately ate one slathered in butter.
For dinner we used them to make simple sandwiches, using thinly sliced turkey and roast beef, slices of tomato and cheese, and lettuce.
The sandwiches were so good that I know I’ll definitely be making these rolls again specifically to be used for sandwiches.

DadChops Rolls
Makes 12 rolls

1 cup warm water
2 Tbsp. butter (chilled and cut into pieces)
1 tsp. salt (just a tiny bit less than 1 full teaspoon)
1 egg
3 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
3 tsp. bread machine yeast (or active dry yeast)

1. Place ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order listed. When adding the yeast, make a well in the center of the sugar and flour mixture and put yeast in the well.

2. Select dough cycle; press Start.

3. After the dough has finished the dough cycle, take the dough out and put into a bowl lightly oiled with olive oil. Turn the dough to coat and then divide into about 12 balls. Form balls into dough knots (roll ball into snake and then tie in knot and tuck ends under) and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet.

4. Let knots rise for about 45 minutes to an hour. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 – 15 minutes. Remove rolls from oven and brush lightly with melted butter.

Coming Friday: Rainbow Potato Gratin

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous May 20, 2009 at 11:34 am

I don’t have a bread machine. :( Is there a way for me to adapt the recipe?


Emily May 20, 2009 at 11:36 am

I use the dough cycle on my bread maker almost daily to make bread for my family. Sometimes twice. I should send you my oatmeal roll recipe. This one I will definetely try either today or tomorrow. I love love love love love new roll recipes.


Jen @ May 20, 2009 at 12:29 pm

These rolls look great.. My husband loves bread, and I think he would love these.


Bob May 20, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Those look unbelievably good. I don’t have a bread machine but I’m sure I could fake it by hand.


Snakebit May 20, 2009 at 12:50 pm

I think PopsChops (or DadChops?) recipe looks great. How about some PopsChops sandwiches for La Fuji Papa?


HanamiGallery May 20, 2009 at 2:08 pm

you dont need a bread machine if you are willing to use a little elbow grease~ hahah. thanx for the recipe~ im surprised at how much sugar goes into this bread~ ill have to make it and try it because it sounds great~


Jenn May 20, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Love the look of the rolls. I barely just started baking my own bread, so I’m definitely giving this a try.


Fuji Mama May 20, 2009 at 2:56 pm

anonymous– Yes! Here’s what you do:

1. In large bowl of electric mixer, combine yeast and water; let stand 5 minutes.
2. Add sugar, butter, salt, 1/2 of the flour, and egg; beat until very smooth.
3. Mix in rest of flour, about 3/4 cup at a time, until smooth (by mixer, if not too stiff, or by hand).
4. Turn dough onto lightly floured board and knead until dough is smooth and satiny.
5. Gather dough into a ball and place in greased bowl. Let rise in warm place (without drafts) until double in size (about 1 hour).
– After it has risen, pick up with shaping in step #3 of the recipe!
– You can also follow these same steps doing it all by hand if you’re willing to use a bit more muscle. :-)


Fuji Nana May 20, 2009 at 3:28 pm

There’s just nothing like hot bread. These look simple enough that I might just go make them this afternoon. I’m not sure I can make mine look as pretty as yours do, however.


Tangled Noodle May 20, 2009 at 5:57 pm

This settles it! I’m going to take my bread machine out of retirement asap – this is too good to pass up. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe (and please thank LollyChops and DadChops for us, too!)


Mad Em May 21, 2009 at 2:15 am

I just made Angel Biscuits in my machine and then separated the dough out into several zip locks and did something with it each day of the week. Rolls, Twists (with spaghetti), Pigs-in-a-Blanket, Mini pizzas, sausage & cheese rolls, chicken pot pie, and then dumplings. My butt looks like dumpings at this point, but it was soooo good!


Melissa @ For the Love of Health May 21, 2009 at 10:32 am

oh yum!


LollyChops May 26, 2009 at 7:07 am

DadChops was over at our house this past weekend and I had him check out your post on his rolls! He read the entire thing and got a real kick out of seeing his recipe here! Thanks for posting it Fuji!


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