Thanksgiving rolls

  • Preparation Time25 mins
  • Cooking Time25 mins
  • Serves12
  • DifficultyMedium
500ml plus 2 tbsp milk
110g unsalted butter, plus more for the baking dish
3 tbsp caster sugar
7g active dry yeast
700g plain flour
1 tbsp fine salt
Vegetable oil, as needed
1) In a small saucepan, combine the milk, 45g butter and the sugar. Place over a medium-high heat and cook, stirring, until the butter has melted. Remove from the heat and cool to about 55C. Scatter the yeast over the surface of the liquid and set aside until foamy, about 10 minutes.

2) Meanwhile, in large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt and set aside.

3) Pour the milk and yeast mixture into the bowl of flour and mix until a soft, ragged mixture is formed. Transfer the flour mixture to a well-floured work surface and knead by hand until a soft, elastic dough is formed, about 10 minutes.

4) Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a kitchen towel and place in a warm spot, until puffed and doubled in size, about 2 hours.

5) Place a rack in the centre of the oven and preheat to 200C/Gas 6. Transfer the dough to the work surface and, using your hands, gently flatten into a disc. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Using your hands, round each dough piece into a ball.

6) Butter a 23 by 30 by 5cm baking dish. Place the balls of dough, seam side-down, in 3 rows of 4 each. Cover with a kitchen towel and place in a warm spot until they've risen almost to the top of the baking dish, about 2 to 2.5 hours.

7) Melt the remaining butter and liberally brush the rolls with it. Bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes. Remove the rolls from the oven and leave to cool slightly. Transfer the rolls to a cooling rack to cool completely before serving.

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