1 1/8 cup of lukewarm water
3 cups all purpose flour
5 tablespoons unsalted softened butter
2 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup powdered milk
1/2 cup instant mashed potatoes
- Mix everything together in one big bowl. If using a stand mixer, mix for 7 to 9 minutes. If mixing by hand, the dough should form a nice smooth ball. I used my mixer. The dough should clean the sides of the bowl with only a little bit sticking to the bottom.
- Place the dough into a greased bowl. Cover and let rise at room temperature until almost double in size. This should take about an hour.
- Grease two 9" round cake pans, or I used one large deep dish pizza pan.
- After the dough has risen, remove to a lightly greased work surface. Pat the dough gently into a 16"x12" rectangle. No rolling pin is needed. This is a soft tender dough.
- Slather with the fruit jelly filling of your wishes. I used my homemade "Wild Woman Jelly" that consisted of all of the leftover fruit from jelly making one day. Use your favorite jelly. Leave a one inch space at the long side of the roll plain... with no jelly.
- Roll the dough the long way, rolling towards the edge with no jelly. Pinch the edge of the dough where it meets together. You will have a 16" long log.
- Slice the log into 16 pieces. I found this a little tricky because the dough is so soft and soupy- like. Fear not, even if the rolls look shabby going into the pan, the second rise time will even things out a bit. Maybe next time around, I will shoot for perfect. Today, I was shooting for accomplishment.
- Place 8 rolls in each pan or all of them into one big pan.
- Cover, let rise again until puffy and risen together and crowding. This should take about 45 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Bake the rolls until golden brown around the edges and turning golden across the center 25-30 minutes.
Cool completely with no icing. Wrap and keep at room temperature for several days and only frost them as you need them. I think a quick pop in the microwave would be great.
My Drizzled Icing
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp. white vanilla
4-7 tablespoons of fresh squeezed lemon juice
Use milk, or water or orange juice. Just about any liquid will work. I just liked the tangy lemon flavor against the sweet jelly.
The garage construction crew will have a treat waiting for them in the morning.