Thursday, April 28, 2011

Herbed Dinner Rolls

Herb Dinner Rolls
By Erin at Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
Adapted from Weight Watchers

1 1/4 cups lukewarm water (105-115 degrees)
1 package active dry yeast
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 egg white, beaten with 2 tsp of water

In a small bowl, sprinkle yeast over lukewarm water.  Let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes. 

In a food processor, combine the flour and salt.  With the machine running, scrape the yeast mixture through the feed tube just until the dough forms a ball.  Knead the dough by pulsing until it is smooth and no longer sticky, about 30 times. 

Spray a large bowl with nonstick cooking spray; place dough in the bowl.  Cover with a towel and let the dough rise in a warm, draft-free place until it doubles in size, about 1 hour. 

Punch down the dough; lightly sprinkle a work surface with flour.  Turn out the dough; knead in the herbs and pepper until they are evenly distributed.  Divide the dough into 12 pieces, and form into an oval.

Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray, and place the rolls 3 inches apart on sheet.  Cover with a towel and let rise again until double in size, about 1 hour. 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Bake on the center rack for 20 minutes; brush with the egg white.  Bake until golden brown and sound hollow when you tap on the bottom.