Baking Classics: Pan-Style Butter Rolls

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The Technique

Pan-Style Butter Rolls 

The bread basket is an opportunity to offer guests something a bit more exciting than the average when it comes to serving lovely meals during the holidays & nothing quite beats the look & taste of freshly baked yeast rolls. They are much easier to prepare than you may think & can be made a good deal in advance so than warming them is all that is necessary the day they are to be served. Pan-Style Butter Rolls make a beautiful addition to any company worthy occasion. Learn how to make this yeast risen bread variety in your own kitchen.

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makes 3 dozen

The recipe yields approximately 36-ounces of dough. 

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup warm water {105 to 110 degrees} 
1 {1/4-oz} package active dry yeast
1/2 cup sugar, divided
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour 
1 1/4 cups bread flour
2 tsp kosher salt
1 cup room temperature whole buttermilk
1 egg, lightly beaten
Melted butter

Microwave 1/4 cup butter on High power 20 seconds or until melted. Cool 10 minutes. Meanwhile, stir together the water, the yeast & 1 teaspoon sugar. Let stand 5 minutes or until foamy. Whisk together the remaining sugar, the all purpose flour, the bread flour & the salt in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the butter, the buttermilk, the egg & the yeast mixture. Mix on Low speed 1 minute with a dough hook. The dough will come together in a ball around the hook. Increase the speed to Medium. Blend 5 minutes. Shape the dough into a ball & place in a lightly greased bowl. Spray the dough surface with cooking spray & cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let rise in a draft-free spot for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in bulk. 

Punch the dough down & divide it into about 36 {1-oz) pieces. Shape into balls & set aside to rest a few minutes, covered, while shaping the remaining dough pieces. Place 11 or 12 pieces of dough into 3 buttered {8-inch} cake pans. Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let rise in a draft free spot 30 to 45 minutes or until an increase by a half their original size has been achieved. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Brush the risen dough pieces with melted butter. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Brush the warm rolls with additional melted butter.

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How To Make Pan-Style Butter Rolls

A rich dough enhanced with an eggs, butter & buttermilk produces a tender crumb while the sugar adds just a bit of sweetened flavor. Baking the shaped dough in cake pans is a simple technique that results in a straightforward yet lovely offering from the bread basket. 

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Yeast rolls aren’t difficult to prepare from scratch, however there are techniques you should be familiar with in order to make a successful batch. Aside from that, it takes patience to work with yeast as it needs adequate time to produce quality results. Here’s what you should know.

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The Basic Fundamentals

The Yeast

Dry active yeast can be purchased in 1/4-ounce packets or in small jars. I use both when preparing bread recipes, generally based on what my store has in stock at the time. If purchasing a jar of yeast, store it in the refrigerator after opening. Just be mindful of the expiration date so you don’t find yourself in a jam. You’ll find that 2 1/4 teaspoons is the equivalent to 1 envelope of active dry yeast. 

The Proofing

It’s a good idea to dissolve dry yeast before using. Simply stir it into warm water with a little of the honey & allow to stand for several minutes. Yeast feeds on sugar or honey for fuel creating a bubbly personality. If no bubbles are created during the proofing process, the yeast will not be able to do its’ job. Simply discard the batch & start again. At this point, you’ll only be five minutes into the procedure so don’t get discouraged. 

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Bread flour has more protein than all purpose flour. It provides dough strength & structure. The development of gluten is key in order to build the foundation of a quality roll. Sometimes a combination of bread & all purpose flour is used in formulas to produce a desirable crumb texture. Salt gives dough flavor. Without out it, expect a dull tasting roll. However, salt can kill yeast so it should be evenly dispersed into the flour before the yeast mixture is added.

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The Mixing

A heavy duty stand mixer fit with a dough hook is a bread makers friend. It will take care of all of the muscle work when it comes to kneading the dough. Bread doughs will give your mixer a good workout. Don’t leave the mixer unattended as it will rock & shake a bit as the dough is blended.

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Buttermilk, eggs & butter act to enrich the dough. Simply add them to the work bowl along with the flour combination & the yeast mixture, attach the dough hook & blend the ingredients as directed in the recipe. 

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After 1 minute, expect the ingredients to come together in the work bowl. Continue the blending process as directed in the recipe instructions.

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After 5 minutes expect a very soft dough that clings to the bowl sides.

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The Work Bowl Removal

To remove the dough from the mixing bowl, push it away from the hook with well floured hands. Sprinkle a little bit of flour over the dough into the work bowl. Shimmy some between the sides & the dough using a rubber spatula or a plastic dough scraper.

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 Allow it to tumble out onto a lightly floured surface. Expect a soft, supple mixture not a stiff ball of dough.

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Sprinkle a bit of flour over the dough.

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The First Shaping

Press the dough into a flat circle using your hands. The imprints in the dough are from my fingers.

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Gather the outside of the dough & press sections of it to the center around the entire circumference until it all meets evenly in the middle. 

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Flip the dough over. A few quick spins between your hands will have it shaped into a ball. The dough is now ready to be placed into a large, lightly greased bowl.

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The First Rise

Allow the dough to rest & rise. Place the smooth surface in a lightly greased bowl & flip it over so that the greased side faces upwards. This will prevent any unwanted sticking. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap & place it in an area in your kitchen free from drafts.

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Allow the dough to increase at least by half its original size. This can take anywhere from 1 to 1 1/2 hours depending on the temperature of your kitchen. If it’s slow going, turn on your oven & place the bowl of dough beside it to speed along the process. 

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The Portioning & The Second Shaping

Remove the dough from the bowl & place it onto a lightly floured surface. Punch the dough down into a relatively flat disc. Cut the dough using a bench scraper or a chef knife into 36 small pieces & weigh them using a kitchen scale. 

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Each piece should weigh 1-ounce. Shape into balls & set aside to rest a few minutes, covered, while shaping the remaining dough pieces. 

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Place 11 or 12 pieces of dough into 3 buttered {8-inch} cake pans. Cover loosely with plastic wrap.

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The Second Rise

 Let rise in a draft free spot 30 to 45 minutes or until an increase by a half their original size has been achieved.

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The Baking

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Brush the risen dough pieces with melted butter. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Brush the warm rolls with additional melted butter.

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The Pan-Style Butter Rolls

The rolls can be prepared ahead of time for entertaining. Place the baked rolls into zip-lock bags & freeze up to 3 weeks. Thaw on the counter top in the bag. Place them in a single layer on a half sheet pan, cover loosely with foil & warm in a 350 degree oven for 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer the rolls to a bread basket lined with a linen & cover them to keep warm.

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