Rolls Dill Rolls

posted by Chefmom 11-24-99 9:04 AM

Dill Rolls

1/2 cup onions, finely chopped
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
1 1/2 cups Ricotta Cheese
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup sugar
3 packages Active Dry Yeast
2 Eggs
2 Tbsp dry dill weed
5-6 + cups Bread Flour
2 Tbsp vital wheat gluten* (you can omit this, but please use the bread flour, you will get a lighter roll)

In a 4 cup measure, cut the butter in slices and add the finely chopped onions, microwave for about 2 minutes until the mixture is hot and the onions are soft. Put a plate over the measure so you don't have a nasty mess in the microwave. Set aside to cool slightly.

In a mixing bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, warm water, sugar and eggs, add the butter mixture and stir so the eggs don't scramble. Add the flour, dill, gluten and yeast. Knead to a smooth dough, it should have some stick, but not be gloppy on your hands. Knead to smooth and elastic, or do this in your machine. It is easier when you have the onions pulverized and softened.

Raise in a greased bowl, for about 1 1/2 hours until doubled. Fold down and shape into 24 sandwich sized rolls, round and place on a parchment covered sheet pan.

For sandwich rolls, place 12 on 12x18 pans. For pan rolls, place almost touching. Press down to flatten the tops and cover with Pam sprayed plastic wrap. Set in a warm place out of the way, and raise until doubled again, about 1 hour, use your judgement, it will depend on the warmth of the room.

Bake in a 350 oven until lightly golden, immediately spread with butter and sprinkle with coarse Kosher salt. Cool and enjoy.

These rolls freeze nicely, just pop in the toaster oven or oven wrapped in foil to refresh.

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