these are the best rolls I have ever made. The first time I made them, I followed instructions and used all purpose flour. They were tasty but a little dense and not flakey. The way I make them now, they turn out so airy, flakey and buttery - almost like a croissant.
What I do: I heat the milk and water in a small bowl, then add yeast and 1 TBS of sugar (from the 1/3 cup - I even add a bit less than 1/3 in total as it was too sweet the first time - about 1/3 minus 2 TBS) and let rise and get foamy. In my KA Mixer I beat the butter and sugar, add egg and salt and beat, then add my yeasty liquid and slowly incorporate BREAD flour - it makes a huge difference.
I knead the dough in the machine for 5 minutes then let it rest for 15. The dough starts out sticky but after 5 minutes of machine kneading it is perfect and you do not even need any flour to roll it out.
Next I use a pizza slicer and cut the dough in half, roll out each half into a circle, add the butter on top and use the cutter to cut each circle into 8 pices as the recipe states. I pull as I roll so that I can can get more layers into each roll. I let it rise in a warm area for 2-3 hours or until it has really risen (more than doubled). 1 hour did not work for me it needed more to become airy and light.
I brushed a bit more butter on them when they came out of the oven. These are so sinful but really the most amazing roll recipe ever.
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these are the best rolls I have ever made. The first time I made them, I followed instructions...