"[Breadbaking is] one of those
almost hypnotic businesses,
like a dance from some ancient
ceremony. It leaves you filled
with one of the world's sweetest
smells...there is no chiropractic
treatment, no Yoga exercise,
no hour of meditation in a
that will leave you emptier
of bad thoughts than this
homely ceremony of making bread."
~M. F. K. Fisher, ‘The Art of Eating’
A simple recipe
for a simple roll.
5 cups all-purpose flour [I use bread]
1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups milk, scalded and cooled to lukewarm
2 packages dry yeast [ or 5 teaspoons]
3 egg yolks [ I use whole egg]
1/3 cup melted butter
Place warm milk, salt and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add yeast, egg yolks and 2 cups flour, beat throughly. Add butter and beat well. Add remaining flour gradually, using just enough to make a dough slightly softer than for bread.
Turn out on a floured board and knead until smooth and elastic, adding flour as necessary. Place dough in a greased bowl and brush with melted butter. Cover and let rise until double in bulk.
Gently deflate and knead dough, shape as desired and let rise in warm place until double in size. Bake in hot oven [400 degrees] 15 - 20 minutes.
Brush tops with melted butter.