Now, don't read in to that the wrong way. I can afford the bread. I just can't stomach the price of bread when I know how inexpensive it is to make. It's the same way I feel about certain italian restaurants that charge you fifteen bucks for twenty cents worth of pasta. Seriously, people. It's ridiculous when you think about it.
That's why one of my New Year's resolutions this year was to bake more bread. My other resolution is to lose weight, so I'm not entirely sure how that's all going to play out, but why stress over little details.
I know I'm capable of making my own bread. I just need to plan ahead and get it done. If I allow time for rising and baking and I can have bread that is far tastier than the store's every night if I want to. These hoagie rolls are a perfect example of that. I made them to serve as the vessel for my Crock Pot Herbed Turkey Meatballs and they were absolutely amazing and exactly what I had hoped for in terms of a roll. They were perfectly soft and chewy and stayed that way for days.
You can call them hoagie rolls, you can call them submarine rolls, you can call them sandwich buns. One thing I know for sure is that you'll be calling them delicious.
- 4 cups bread flour
- 1 3/8 cups warm water
- 2 tbsps sugar
- 1 tbsp yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 tbsps cold butter, cubed
- Pour 3/8 cup of the the warm water in to your mixing bowl. Add the sugar and yeast. Let sit for 10-15 minutes.
- Add the flour and the remaining water to the bowl. Using your dough hook attachment, mix for 4 minutes. Add the salt and mix for 6 more minutes. If the dough becomes slack, it's ok. Add the cubes of butter to the bowl a little at a time while the mixer is turned on. Once all of the butter has been added, mix for 2 more minutes.
- Grease a large bowl with butter and place dough in it. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for one hour. It will double in size.
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Divide the dough into 8 equal parts, shape in to rolls, and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet. Handle the dough as little as possible while doing this part. Cover with plastic wrap again and let them rise for another 45 minutes. Make a shallow knife slice over the tops, if desired.
- Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.