Dried Yeast: 1 tablespoon
Superfine or Caster Sugar: 1/4 cup + 2 teaspoons
Warm Water: 1/2 cup
Flour: 4 cups (sifted)
Milk: 1 cup
Melted Butter: 3.5 tablespoons + extra for brushing
Eggs: 2 (beaten)
Yeast Activation: Commence by taking a large mixing bowl and adding in the dried yeast. Introduce the 2 teaspoons of superfine sugar, followed by the warm water. Using a fork, amalgamate the ingredients thoroughly. Set it aside for about 5 minutes, allowing it to become frothy and thickened.
Preparing the Dry Mix: In another expansive bowl, sift in the 4 cups of flour. This sifting process ensures the eventual fluffiness of your bread rolls. Introduce the 1/4 cup of sugar and stir until uniformly mixed.
Wet Ingredients Fusion: In a jug, combine the milk and 3.5 tablespoons of melted butter. This not only melts the butter but also brings both ingredients to an even temperature. Add in the beaten eggs and the previously prepared yeast mixture.
Combining Wet and Dry: Pour the wet ingredients into the well you made in the dry mix. With gentle hands, use a spatula or spoon to blend the two. Aim for a sticky dough consistency but avoid overmixing. As you near the end, it’s beneficial to use your hands to ensure everything is well-combined.
The Waiting Game: Cover the dough with a damp cloth and position it in a warm spot. Allow it to rise for approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. The dough should nearly triple in size.
Shaping the Rolls: After the rising period, deflate the dough gently and transfer it to a floured work surface. Shape it into a rectangle and portion it into 12 equal parts. If you prefer slider-sized rolls, you can make them slightly smaller. Shape each portion into a smooth ball.
Second Rise: Position the shaped rolls onto a baking tray, ensuring they are closely packed. Cover with a cloth and let them sit for an additional 45 minutes to rise again.
Baking: Preheat your oven to 200°C (390°F). Once ready, bake the rolls for about 15 minutes or until they boast a golden-brown hue.
Finishing Touch: Upon removal from the oven, brush the tops of the rolls with some melted butter. This imparts a glossy finish and adds a touch of richness.
Serve and Enjoy: Tear these Ultra-Soft No-Fuss Bread Rolls apart to reveal their fluffy insides. Best enjoyed fresh, these rolls can be paired with butter, jams, or any spread of your choice.