Friday, November 26, 2010

Oprah's Menu: No-Knead Dinner Rolls

I love Oprah. There, I said it.

If she has it, I want it. Therefore when her previous personal chef Art Smith said he made these dinner rolls for Oprah's Thanksgiving once, I needed to make them too. And I'm actually glad I did. They're little, soft, perfectly browned and soak up butter like nobody's business. Best of all, they're easy to make and making your own rolls just sounds so darn impressive.

Yep. Try and reisist that.
I made 12 rolls, but the original calls for 24. It's easily doubled. Perfect recipe for those people like me who love cooking, but hate getting their hands dirty. Especially when it comes to dough - I avoid it at all costs. I don't have a KitchenAid who will lovingly and mechanically knead or mix dough for me, so I have to hit it 1950s -style and mix it myself. With this recipe, I don't have to!


1 cup warm water
1 package 1/4oz dry yeast
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 tablespoon salt
3 cups plain flour
1/5 tablespoons melted butter


1. Preheat oven to 200C

2. Pour water in large bowl and sprinkle yeast over. Leave for 5 minutes.

3. Add sugar, eggs, almost all the oil, and salt. Gradually stir in enough flour to make a smooth ball.

4. Lightly brush the top with oil. Cover tightly with plastic wrap, and let stand for one hour until doubled.

5. Brush round cake pan with butter. Punch down dough and separate into 12 pieces with floured hands.

6. Keep flouring your hands and form the dough into rough balls. Arrange in pan.

7. Cover loosely and stand 35 minutes until doubled.

8. Brush with melted butter, bake 20 minutes or until golden. Let stand in the pan for 5 minutes.

9. Accept the accolades that come with baking your own bread.

It looks just like real bread!

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