Easy Refrigerator Rolls

Freshly baked bread is my absolute favorite comfort food. A lot of times, homemade baked goods go stale quickly since they lack all the preservatives their cousins, store-bought bread, contain. That’s the beauty of this recipe. You can prepare the dough up to 3 days ahead of time and just store it in the refrigerator until you bake it. Or, you can bake a little bit each day and have 2-3 days of warm, fresh rolls on hand. Win, win, win!

I did just that this week. I prepared the dough on Wednesday and baked 12 of these golden orbs of delight to go with my homemade Vegetable Beef Soup. Then on Thursday, I prepared the rest of them up to take to a friend who had recently lamented not being able to eat her Grandmother’s dinner rolls anymore. She deemed them “perfect!”

Easy Refrigerator Rolls

1 cup warm water
2 Tbls. yeast*
1⁄2 cup real butter, melted
1⁄2 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
4 1⁄4 cups bread flour

Combine water and yeast in a large bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes.
With wooden spoon, stir in the melted butter, sugar, eggs and salt.
Add flour, 1 cup at a time and mix to combine thoroughly. I use the dough hooks on my handheld mixer. Do not overwork.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 3 days.
Grease a 13×9 baking pan or two 9-inch cake pans. Divide dough into 24 equal pieces, rolling into smooth round balls.
Place in prepared pan. Cover with a tea towel and let rise for about 1 hour; or until doubled.
Preheat your oven to 375°F. Bake until golden brown, about 18-20 minutes. Best served warm. ♥

*do not use rapid rise yeast

You can easily eat them without anything on them, thanks to all the butter already in them, but I love them with a good, homemade jam.


Amazing Wheat Beer Bread (ABM)

I love bread.

I adore bread.

I am totally infatuated with bread.

And this is one of my all-time favorites!

For the first 20 years or so of our marriage, I made bread by hand. My husband kept trying to convince me to get a bread machine, but I felt that hand-kneaded bread was so much better. After herniating a disc, I realized I either needed to “give in” or stop having fresh bread as much. I am a bread addict. There was no way I was giving it up. The contraption was purchased and recipes were tried. I must admit; they weren’t as bad as I thought they would be. Out of the plethora of loaves we sampled, a few recipes became permanent residents in my cookbook with this one earning the title of king.

It is amazing fresh.

It is fantastic toasted.

It is pure bliss toasted and slathered with real butter and honey.

Amazing Wheat Beer Bread (ABM)
Yield 1 1/2 lb loaf

12 oz. dark beer, room temperature
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
1 1⁄4 cups wheat flour
2 cups bread flour
2 1⁄4 teaspoons active dry yeast, 1 package (.25 oz)

Place all ingredients in machine in order given according to manufacturer’s instructions for 1.5 lb loaf and start machine.

If you wish to make traditionally baked loaves or rolls, select the dough cycle. At the end of the cycle, divide the dough and place in greased loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled. Bake at 350° for about 35-40 minutes or until done.
Or shape into rolls, cover and let rise until doubled and bake on a greased baking sheet at 375° for approximately 15 minutes.