These lion house rolls are hands-down my very favorite homemade roll recipe! Soft, fluffy and have a nice buttery taste. Perfect for the holidays or anytime you want an amazingly, delicious roll with dinner!
Prep Time: 30minutes
Cook Time: 15minutes
Let Rise: 1hour
Total Time: 1hour45minutes
2cupswarm water (about 105°F)
2/3cupnonfat instant dry milk
1/4cup granulated sugar
1/3cup softened butter , more for top
5-6cupsbread or all-purpose flour, more or less as needed
In a large bowl of an electric mixer, combine the water and milk powder and stir until the milk dissolves. Sprinkle the yeast on top, stir and then cover with plastic. Let it sit for 5 minutes, or until the yeast has started to proof.
Next add the sugar, salt, butter, egg and 2-3 cups of the flour. Using a mixer with a dough hook (can also stir with a dough whisk), mix on low speed. Then turn to medium speed and mix for 2 minutes.
Stop the mixer and add 2 more cups of flour and then mix on low speed until the ingredients are wet. Then turn mixer on medium speed and mix for 2 minutes. Add approximately 1/2 cup of flour until the dough is soft and pulling away from the sides of the bowl. It should not be overly sticky or stiff.
Scrape the dough off the sides of the bowl and add 1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil around the sides of the bowl. Turn the dough over in the bowl so it is covered with the oil (this helps prevent the dough from drying out). Cover with plastic and allow to rise in a warm place until double in size (about 1 hour).
Sprinkle the counter with flour or use a baking mat and put the dough on top. Roll out into a large rectangle. Brush with slightly melted butter if desired. Then cut into desired shaped rolls. For the lion house shape, divide dough into two and then roll each piece into a rectangle. Then cut smaller rectangles about 2x4". Then roll the dough up and place the tail on the baking sheet.
Place on lightly greased baking pans. Let rise in a warm place until the rolls are double in size (about 45 minutes).
Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes or until the tops and bottoms are lightly browned. Brush with melted butter when taken out of the oven.
From THE LION HOUSE COOKBOOK. Milk: You may substitute instant dry milk with regular milk, however use 2/3 cup less water. Make ahead: These rolls can be made ahead. Simply roll them out and cover with lightly greased plastic wrap and place the fridge instead of rising. Then take out of the fridge 1 1/2 hours before baking to rise. Then bake as directed.