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Lion House Rolls

These Lion House rolls are incredibly soft and buttery and flavorful, and just all around perfect. They’re perfect for any occasion!

These Lion House rolls are incredibly soft and buttery and flavorful, and just all around perfect. They're perfect for any occasion!

These rolls are fantastic! If you’re not familiar with the Lion House, it’s a historic building in Salt Lake City that is now a venue for special occasions and meetings, and has a restaurant in the basement. Their food is delicious and homey and comforting. The first time I tried these rolls was at a wedding luncheon for a good friend, and I loved every last bite! They are incredibly soft and buttery and flavorful, and just all around perfect. Because I couldn’t stop raving about these rolls, my aunt gave me the Lion House cookbook for Christmas the year Geoff and I were married, and I was thrilled to find the roll recipe inside. Unfortunately, I was so intimidated by the thought of baking with yeast at the time that I never got around to making them for myself… until now!

I was looking through my cookbook collection a few nights ago and decided there was no time like the present to make a batch of these lovelies. The rolls were actually relatively easy to make, and turned out beautifully on the first try. I think the key with any bread is to not over-flour the dough. That’s a mistake I made when I first started baking with yeast, and it led to a lot of disappointing results. Just add a little at a time until the dough is just firm enough to be manageable but still soft and slightly sticky. These rolls are delicious and perfect for any occasion!

Lion House Rolls

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Prep Time:30 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
Rise Time:2 hours
Total Time:2 hours 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2/3 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/3 cup butter softened
  • 1 egg
  • 5 – 5 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted, plus more for brushing on hot rolls

Instructions

  • In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, dissolve the dry milk in the warm water. Sprinkle the yeast and a pinch of sugar over the top, and stir to combine. Let sit 5-10 minutes, or until the yeast is bubbling. Add the sugar, salt, butter, egg, and 2 cups of flour, and mix to combine. Add another 2 cups of flour and mix until combined. Add the remaining flour, 1/4 cup at a time, and knead until a soft and smooth dough forms. The dough should be soft and slightly tacky. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • After the dough has risen, punch it down. Roll it out into a large rectangle that is 8 inches tall by 18 inches wide. Brush with 2 tablespoons melted butter. Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut the rectangle in half lengthwise to form two rectangles that are 4 inches by 18 inches. Cut each rectangle into nine strips that are 2 inches wide by 4 inches tall. Starting with the short end, roll each strip of dough into a spiral, and place seam side down on a lightly greased baking sheet. Repeat with remaining strips. Cover and let rise 30-60 minutes, or until doubled in size. During the last 15 minutes of rise time, preheat the oven to 375. Bake 15-18 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter.
Servings: 18
These Lion House rolls are incredibly soft and buttery and flavorful, and just all around perfect. They're perfect for any occasion!

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