Rolls are probably my favorite thing to make, there is something so therapeutic about kneading bread dough. Although the mixers make it easy to do, I still take it out and knead by hand because I love the feel.
Here is my recipe - tried and true by all my family members (we are all bread makers!)
Adapted from Better Homes and Garden New Cook Book
About 4 cups all-purpose flour
1 pkg active dry yeast
1 cup milk
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter
1 tsp salt
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In a large mixer, combine 2 cups flour and the yeast.
In a saucepan combine milk, sugar, butter and salt. Melt over medium heat, stirring frequently.
Heat until butter is almost melted. (Should be just warmer than body temperature, so stick your finger in, if you can't tell the temperature - just a titch warmer, feels warm - perfect, feels hot - let it cool down before adding it to the yeast... it could kill it)
Add to flour mixture. Beat until mixed.
Add eggs. Beat for a few minutes. Switch mixer attachment from beater to bread hook. Add flour ½ cup at a time until bread is smooth and does not stick to sides to the bowl. Knead for 5 minutes. If kneading by hand, mix flour in until unable to mix with wooden spoon. Turn out onto floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, adding flour as needed. Dough should feel moist but not sticky. This takes a little finesse to get the feeling right. (Should look like picture below, minus the grease.)
Grease bowl, place dough in bowl and turn so that both sides of dough are greased.
Cover with damp cloth and let rise until doubled, about 1 to 2 hours (depending on your yeast, temperature of the room, etc.).
This is what it looks like after it has raised
(This is from the cookbook - so if you want to make other shapes.)
Divide dough in half, roll out or shape into desired shapes.
This is the beautiful butterhorn shape - roll from big end to little and place on baking sheet with point side down.
This is the easy man's version.
Place on greased baking sheet, bake at 375 for 10 to 12 minutes.
While still hot, rub butter on cooked rolls. Eat and enjoy!