(don't pretend that picture didn't make you drool a little)
I have a recipe for rolls similar to these, and they're really good but they make enough for an army. Even with my brood we don't even eat 1/3 of them when I make them, which is more often than it should be. I got my Thanksgiving copy of "Taste of Home" today and while thumbing through, I found a recipe that is very similar to the one I use, only scaled more than halfway down (high five!).
These rolls were amazing (clearly, by the name!); delicate and soft, dense but kind of fluffy (if that makes sense). The flavor is fantastic, the texture is perfect. My husband, who isn't even a "bread person", ate 3 of them with dinner tonight. I think I've finally found my official "go-to" roll for family functions. Look out, Peg (my mom)!
Amazing Dinner Rolls
Recipe adapted from Taste of Home
4 1/2 - 5 cups bread flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 packet active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup whole milk
1 tbsp butter
1-2 tbsp cool butter (to rub on top of rolls when they come out of the oven)
Heat milk and butter in a saucepan until the mixture is comfortably warm to the touch (120-130 degrees). Set aside. In the large bowl of your stand mixer, fitted with the dough hook, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. Add the milk mixture to the bowl. Mix on medium speed for 3 minutes. Add 2 eggs and mix on high speed for 2 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft, slightly sticky dough (the dough will pull away from the bowl but will stick to your finger).
Knead with the hook for another 4-5 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic. Place in a lightly greased bowl. Cover with lightly greased plastic wrap and let rise in a cozy place until doubled in size (about 1 hour).
Turn the dough out on a lightly floured surface and punch it down. Divide the dough into 24 equal (or equal-ish), and shape into balls and divide between two greased 13x9 inch pans. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise until doubled in size (about 30 minutes).
Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
This little monster couldn't wait for them to be done. He stood at the oven door the whole time until I finally took them out.
When you remove the rolls from the oven, immediately rub butter (holding the butter in a paper towel) on top of all the rolls.
Yield 2 dozen