Unfortunately, the Easter Bunny didn't leave this for me in my Easter basket, so waking up early on Easter morning was a must to bake these beauties. I used a recipe straight out of Beth's Basic Bread Book (one of the cookbooks I recommend). I cant admit that this was easy, because for me baking bread is always a task. Having it rise properly is always such a relief! They turned out delicious and totally cute! I love shaping the dough into clover rolls, perfect for spring.
Buttermilk Dinner Rolls
makes 16 rolls
1 package active dry yeast
Pinch granulated sugar
1/4 cup warm water
1 cup warm buttermilk (not too hot or else it will become cheese... yes, I accidentally made cheese)
2 tbl sugar or honey
zest from one lemon
1/4 cup unsalted butter, warm
4 to 4 1/2 cups of flour
Combine the yeast, sugar and warm water in a small bowl and stir to dissolve. Let stand until foamy about 10 minutes.
In a large bowl using a whisk or a mixer with a paddle attachment, combine the buttermilk, sugar, zest, melted butter, egg and salt. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of flour and beat hard for a minute. Add 1/2 cup flour at a time until a soft dough forms and clears the sides of the bowl. I got up to 4 cups of flour.
Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic for 4-7 minutes. Lightly grease a large bowl and lightly flour the dough. Place the dough in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature for 1-1 1/2 hour or until doubled in size.
* Dough will rise better when it's in a warm place. When I'm baking, I like to turn the oven on to heat up the kitchen.
After it has doubled in size, turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Grease a muffin tin. Divide the dough in half and cut the dough into eight equal portions. Pinch off three equal pieces of dough from each portion (total of 48 pieces) and shape each into smooth balls. Place three balls touching each other in each muffin cup. Then cover with plastic wrap and let rise for another half hour.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. After the final rise brush each roll with an egg glaze (one egg beaten with one tbl water). Sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds. Place in the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes or when golden brown. When cooled a bit take out of the muffin tin and enjoy!