Original recipe from Martha Stewart
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 ounce active dry yeast
4 ounces melted butter
2 large eggs
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoons Kosher salt
6 to 6-1/2 cups of AP flour
Extra soft butter to butter the sides of the bowl and baking dish
1 egg for egg wash
Heat the milk and water to 110°F. Whisk the yeast into the heated milk and water. Let sit for 5 minutes, it should become frothy and bubble.
Add the butter, eggs, sugar and salt to a large bowl, whisk in the milk and yeast mixture.
Add the flour one cup at a time, creating a shaggy dough.
This can be done in a mixer with a dough hook but the final kneading will have to be done by hand so you don’t burn out your machine. unless, or course, you have a really heavy-duty mixer. I don’t stress my Kitchen-Aid stand mixer with the final kneading. Initial mixing yes, but not the final knead.
on a lightly floured surface, turn out the dough and knead until it is smooth and elastic. Form it into a nice round ball.
Butter the inside of a large bowl, Roll the dough ball to cover the surface with butter then place the ball in the bottom of the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap that has been also oiled to prevent the rising dough from sticking to the wrap as it rises.
Allow to rise in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size. This may take 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
Punch down the dough and divide the dough in half.
Roll each dough ball into an even rope
and cut even size rolls. Weigh each roll to weigh 1.70 ounces. Lightly roll them to shape into balls.
Butter a 9 x 12 baking pan. Place each roll in rows 4 x 6, allowing a small bit of space between each roll. This space will fill in as the rolls rise. Cover with oiled plastic wrap.
Allow to rise again, until doubled in size.
Once the roll pan is full, you will have some left over dough.
This dough is perfect for some amazing cinnamon rolls!
Roll the dough into a rectangle. Mix some soft butter with some brown sugar and cinnamon to make a paste. ( Make sure it tastes good.)
Spread the butter cinnamon mixture over the rolled out dough. Sprinkle the surface with pecans or walnuts.
Roll the dough into a tight cylinder. Pinch the seam closed.
Using a serrated blade, cut 2″ sliced from the roll. Place them cut side up (and down) in a well-buttered baking pan so the sides barely touch.
use a pan large enough to fill with the sliced cinnamon rolls.
Allow these to double in size.
Baking yeast rolls and cinnamon rolls:
Pre-heat the oven to 375°F
Mix 1 egg with water to make an egg wash. Brush the surface of the rolls with egg wash just before putting them in the oven.
Bake the rolls for 25-30 minutes, rotating the pan half way through for even baking.
The rolls are done when they are golden brown.
Remove from the oven and allow them to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.
Make bread pudding!
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