Oh back to school…back to school…as Meg Ryan put it I would gladly send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils or was it Tom Hanks….oh You’ve Got Mail I love you. What I especially love is I’m not going back to school because as a Kindergarten teacher that’s what I did every year. Oh and yes we call it going to school not going to work. I love it even more now. Those kids go and we stay. I celebrated by going to the mall….close parking spot, no line. I went to two stores, got popcorn and did a return and was back in the car with Row in less than an hour-oh yes.
Okay so with Fall-I say this lightly because we are roasting in Texas, with Fall I dream of home cooked meals and rolls.Look I have a thing for rolls. I can’t let one go to waist.
I love baking….and my friend Jennifer does too so we have a deal. We bake and then I split and send it to her house. Sadly these did not make it to Jennifer’s house.
1 pack of instant vanilla pudding
1 1/2 cups milk
1 stick of butter softened
4 teaspoons or 2 packs of yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1 teaspoon salt
5 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
This will take about and hour and 20 minutes of prep-but it’s really not bad and 18 minutes of cooking. In a small bowl dissolve the yeast in the warm water-mix just a bit. Let sit for 5 minutes. Make sure the yeast is bubbly after so you know it’s active…if not dump and start with 2 new packs.
In a large-and I mean large-think of the flour-mixing bowl combine the pudding and milk. Next add the softened butter-not melted only softened. Now the yeast and water mixture gets added. Oh and the salt and now the flour mixing all gradually as you add. It will be a bit sticky. Mix and then need for a couple of minutes until everything is mixed.
Cover the dough in the bowl and set in a warm place-the counter will do- for 25-30 minutes. It should double in size. If not give it another 10 minutes. Punch it down and let it rise for another 25 minutes.
Split the dough into roughly 15 pieces-roll and place in a greased 9×12 pan. Cover and let rise for 20 minutes.
Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes until done.
Oh my lord these were so amazingly good. Fluffy but dense, not too dense just amazing. Honestly these are now my most favorite homemade rolls of all time.
You know what else is great about these-using up that instant pudding you get while couponing! Score!
Happy back to school.