Valerie’s Super Sandwich Rolls – Serves 12
9 oz beer
3 tbsp powdered milk
1/4 cup potato flakes, instant
1-1/2 tbsp shortening
1-1/2 tsp salt
1-1/2 tbsp sugar
3 cups bread flour
2 tsp Yeast, Active Dry*
Put ingredients in bread machine in order listed. Set machine for 1-1/2 lb, dough setting. Start.
When the dough is ready, take it out of the machine and set it on a floured counter to rest for a few minutes.
Roll to about 1/2″ thick and cut with 3″ biscuit cutter. Ball up the scraps and repeat. You should be able to get about 12 hamburger-size rolls from this.
Set rolls a couple inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush with egg wash (1 egg, beat with 2 tsp. water) and sprinkle with sesame seeds** if desired.
Let rise for 35 minutes in a warm place.
Bake for 20 minutes in a pre-heated 375° oven.
This is just my quick, lazy way to shape the rolls when I’m in a hurry. It works well, though! Normally I would knead the dough after taking out of the bread machine and then shape it by hand. You can also make delicious sub rolls with this dough; it makes about 8 of those.
*If you can get your yeast nearly free by using coupons, by all means go for it. But if you make bread regularly (like I do), purchase it at a warehouse club like Costco or Sams; it’s usually just over $2 a POUND. It will keep a long time in the freezer. Mine is in a small Tupperware container in the freezer door.
**Sesame seeds are really expensive in the spice aisle of the grocery store, so check to see if your store sells them in their bulk section. I got mine at WinCo– $1.93 for about half a POUND.
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