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After watching countless episodes of Barefoot Contessa and drooling as I watch her make brioche rolls, pizza dough or honey bread, I decided to take a chance and make my own bread rolls this morning.

I’ve watched my mom make whole wheat bread a few times so I remember the basic steps.  Of course, I told myself that I would make them first and then write down the recipe if the bread turned out to be good.

After a couple of hours of making a simple but time-consuming recipe, I tried one of the rolls and it was delicious.  We’ll enjoy them tonight with dinner and save some for breakfast in the morning.

Here are the ingredients and steps to follow!

1 1/2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon of olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups bread flour

  • In a large bowl, stir together warm water, yeast, and sugar. Let stand until creamy foam forms on top of the container, about 15 minutes.
  • To the yeast mixture, add the oil, salt, and 2 cups flour. Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough has pulled away from the sides of the bowl. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat. Cover with a cloth, and let rise until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
  • Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 10 equal pieces, and form into round balls. Place on lightly greased baking sheets at least 2 inches apart. Cover the rolls with a damp cloth, and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Bake for about 18 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.
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