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Tue, Apr 19 2011 post by Carrie

Featured Recipe: Roll Baking Tips

Oh yes, there are many more ways to use Rhodes rolls than just "thaw, rise and bake". Rhodes blogger Carrie shows you how. Click here to read the full article...

I absolutely LOVE serving rolls to guests that appear to have been purchased from a bakery. Honestly, in the time that it would take you to run to the bakery and back home you could easily have 2-3 dozen rolls shaped and rising.

Are you ready to create and bake rolls that will WOW your family and friends?

For these shaped rolls, we are using White Dinner Rolls. They have been sitting out on the counter for about 2 hours to thaw; they are still a little cold.

 

Swirl Rolls

Bake these Swirl Rolls for your guests this Holiday season.

Swirl rolls are super easy and one of my favorites. What am I talking about? They are all my favorites!!

 

Combine two dinner rolls together then roll and stretch into a 12 inch rope.

Bake these Swirl Rolls for your guests this Holiday season.

 

Roll in flour and form a coil.

Bake these Swirl Rolls for your guests this Holiday season.

 

Place in a sprayed muffin tin. Really, it is THAT easy! (Rise and bake instructions for all the rolls are at the bottom of this post.)

Bake these Swirl Rolls for your guests this Holiday season.

 

 

Cloverleaf Rolls

Bake these Cloverleaf Rolls for your guests this Holiday season.

 

Cloverleaf rolls are made by cutting the rolls in half.

Bake these Cloverleaf Rolls for your guests this Holiday season.

 

Place three halves in each cup of a sprayed muffin tin.

Bake these Cloverleaf Rolls for your guests this Holiday season.

 

I like to brush mine with melted butter between each roll half, because it helps to keep the definition between the sections of the roll. On a healthier note you can dust with flour.

Bake these Cloverleaf Rolls for your guests this Holiday season.

 

 

Double Rolls 

Bake these Double Rolls for your guests this Holiday season.

 

SO easy, place two Dinner Rolls flat sides together.

Bake these Double Rolls for your guests this Holiday season.

 

Place them in a sprayed muffin tin.

Bake these Double Rolls for your guests this Holiday season.

 

Brush with melted butter.  

Bake these Double Rolls for your guests this Holiday season.

DONE. I was serious when I said EASY. 

 

Knot Rolls

Bake these Knot Rolls for your guests this Holiday season.

 

Roll each roll into a 9 inch rope

Bake these Knot Rolls for your guests this Holiday season.

 

and tie in a knot.

Bake these Knot Rolls for your guests this Holiday season.

 

Place on a large sprayed baking sheet. If you want add seeds for “fancy” rolls; brush each knot with a beaten egg and sprinkle with seeds.

Bake these Knot Rolls for your guests this Holiday season.

 

These are not only perfect with dinner; they are perfect anytime of the day. You can roll them in melted butter & Parmesan cheese or melted butter & dry ranch dressing or melted butter with cinnamon & sugar. Oh’ my, the possibilities are endless I tell you!

Okay, one more….I know we are having a great time and we have all become fast friends, here in cyberspace but there are so many more fun ideas to be shared.

 

Parkerhouse Rolls

Bake these Parkerhouse Rolls for your guests this Holiday season.

I love Parkerhouse rolls! They remind me of the rolls my Grandma would make for Sunday dinners. Poor woman made them from scratch and it took close to all day long.


Using a little flour to prevent sticking, flatten each roll into an oval.

Bake these Parkerhouse Rolls for your guests this Holiday season.

 

Brush the center with melted butter. (Keep butter away from the edges - trust me.)

Bake these Parkerhouse Rolls for your guests this Holiday season.

 

Fold in half, pressing edges together slightly.

Bake these Parkerhouse Rolls for your guests this Holiday season.

Dust tops with flour and place on a large sprayed cooking sheet. My goodness, these are good.

You can also make the Butterflake Rolls that were featured in last week's post.

And then ….you know, you can always do the easiest method, which is to put the rolls on a sprayed baking sheet, cover them with sprayed plastic wrap, let them thaw, rise and bake. Yes, it really is THAT easy. 

 

When using Dinner Rolls, I put them on the sheet 5 X 7 - like this:

Bake these Parkerhouse Rolls for your guests this Holiday season.

 

When using Texas Rolls, they fit 4 X 6 on your sheet.

Bake these Parkerhouse Rolls for your guests this Holiday season.

When using this method, your rolls will rise up into each other and be really soft. We use these all the time to take to family gatherings. They're perfect for making little deli sandwiches. I get asked all the time how my rolls always look so good. Well, here's my little secret:

 

Always put the pretty side of the roll on the top.

The pretty side? Yes, all the rolls come with a pretty side and a not-so-pretty side. Here, let me show you.

Not-so-pretty side (put this side on the bottom):

Not So Pretty Side of the Roll

 

Pretty side (put this side facing up):

Pretty Side of the Roll

You can see that even if there are some lines on the roll (which would make you think it was the bottom), this side is much smoother. The little lines will just disappear as the roll rises, where sometimes the rougher side of the roll doesn't smooth out as well. Tip #2:

Don't let them rise too much!

You want them to be touching each other, but not too much touching! :) Like this:

Bake these Parkerhouse Rolls for your guests this Holiday season.

 

And this is what they look like when they're baked. Oh yum! You can always brush them with a little melted butter to make them "glisten".

Bake these Parkerhouse Rolls for your guests this Holiday season.

 

The rise and bake time is the same for all of these rolls. Lightly cover rolls with sprayed plastic wrap and let rise until double in size. Remove wrap and bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes.

There you have it friends a “basketful of beautiful”. (Yeah, I just made that up!)       

 Bake these Parkerhouse Rolls for your guests this Holiday season.

Hip~Hip~ Hooray and Happy Baking!

 


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Roll Baking Tips

Servings: as needed | Skills: Beginning | Prep Time: 15 min (not including thaw time) | Bake Time: 15-20 min

There are many more ways to use Rhodes rolls than just "thaw, rise and bake". Check out these roll baking tips!

Roll Baking Tips
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Ingredients

Rhodes Yeast Dinner Rolls or Rhodes Texas Rolls, thawed but still cold

Instructions

Double Rolls:
Rhodes Dinner Rolls, thawed but still cold
soft butter or margarine squeeze

Using 2 dinner rolls, put the flat sides together, then place side by side in a sprayed muffin tin. Squeeze butter or margarine in between rolls, if desired. This helps maintain the definition between the rolls. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap and let rise until double in size. Remove wrap and bake at 350°F 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Cloverleaf Rolls:
Rhodes Dinner Rolls, thawed but still cold
flour
soft butter or margarine squeeze

With scissors or knife, cut rolls in half. Place three halves in each sprayed muffin tin cup. If desired, roll balls in flour first. Squeeze butter or margarine in between roll halves, if desired. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap and let rise until double in size. Remove wrap and bake at 350°F 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Swirl Rolls:
Rhodes Texas Rolls or Rhodes Dinner Rolls, thawed but still cold
flour

Roll and stretch one Texas roll or two dinner rolls, combined, into a 12-inch rope. Roll in flour and form a coil. Place in sprayed muffin tin cup. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap, and let rise until double in size. Remove wrap and bake at 350°F 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Butterflake Rolls:
12 Rhodes Texas Rolls or 24 Rhodes Dinner Rolls, thawed but still cold
soft butter or squeeze margarine

Using one Texas roll (or two dinner rolls combined into a ball), make 4 or 5 deep cuts into each roll with scissors, cutting nearly to the bottom. Brush butter or squeeze margarine into each cut and place roll in sprayed muffin tin cup. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap. Let rise until double in size. Remove wrap and bake at 350°F 15 -20 minutes or until golden brown.

Knot Rolls:
12 Rhodes Dinner Rolls, thawed but still cold
1 egg beaten
sesame seeds, if desired

Roll each roll into a 9-inch rope and tie in a knot. Place on a large sprayed baking sheet. Brush each knot with beaten egg. Sprinkle with seeds, if desired. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap and let rise until double in size. Remove wrap and bake at 350°F 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Parkerhouse Rolls:
20 Rhodes Dinner Rolls, thawed but still cold
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
flour

Using a little flour to prevent sticking, flatten each roll into an oval. Brush center with melted butter. Fold in half pressing edges together slightly. Dust top with flour and place on large sprayed baking sheet. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap and let rise until double in size. Remove wrap and bake at 350°F 15-20 minutes.

4 Comments

Jodi said on Apr 22, 2011
Wow! Thanks for all the amazing tips! Love all the different shaped rolls!
Sara Palmer said on Apr 22, 2011
I love Rhodes bread dough. We live in Iowa and have all the products, but are Florida snowbirds and couldn't find much of anything here. Now Walmart does have a few things so I am a happy camper!!!!
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