These rolls are light, delicate, with a hint of sourdough, and are ready in about an hour.
Delving into my garage-sale find, "Vermont Grange Favorites", I found this recipe for dinner rolls. I liked it because it used milk, because it was very simple, and it only takes an hour. There is very limited risk involved with these rolls.
I added sourdough starter, not to replace the yeast, but to build up the flavor and texture of the dough. Because I am adding starter, I decreased the milk somewhat.
Sixty Minute Rolls
2 T instant yeast
1 1/4 cup milk
2 T sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 stick butter (2 oz)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup thick sourdough starter (optional). If you do not have starter, or would not like to use starter, then increase the milk by 1/4 cup and the flour by 2/3 cup.
1. Heat the first 5 ingredients until warm. Place in electric mixing bowl, along with the flour and starter; mix well (about 4 to 5 minutes medium speed with dough hook). Let this rise for 20 minutes. The dough is medium stiffness (see pic below).
2. Turn on floured board and cut into uniform pieces with pastry cutter; pull corners under the piece and pinch together.
3. Allow to rise until almost doubled.
4. Bake in 375F oven for 14 minutes or until done.
5. Serve with cultured butter and homemade jam. Enjoy!
Here is Heidi, demonstrating that not every idea is a good one: