“I forgot the dinner rolls!” says my friend Laura before I even have a chance to say hello on my end of the phone. “How could I overlook bread? I thought of everything else and it’s ready to go: the pork loin, the Brussel sprouts, the tossed salad, the tart for dessert. I wanted this dinner to be special for Tony’s new partner and wife.”
“Weren’t you supposed to go out to eat with them?” I ask the minute Laura takes a breath.
“We were,” says Laura. “But Tony felt sorry for them, they’ve been here two weeks, stuck in a hotel, and they’ve been eating out every meal. Tony thought they might enjoy a home meal.”
“It’s not a problem,” I say. “I’ll just bring over some of the Italian dinner rolls we have in the freezer. You can thaw them out and pop them in the oven right before dinner. Problem solved.”
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“I appreciate the offer, truly I do,” says Laura. “But I can’t take your dinner rolls. Tony bragged to his new partner that I’m a good cook. You know Tony, he eats everything. It doesn’t take anything fancy to make him happy. He promised his partner that he and his wife would get a delicious homemade meal made entirely by me. It’s noon. I don’t have time to make your Italian hard rolls.”
“Yes, you do,” I say. “Not the hard buns but a quick Italian dinner rolls recipe that takes only a few hours to make. When are they due over?”
“Then you have plenty of time to make these dinner rolls.”
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“E-mail me the recipe, I hope there aren’t a lot of steps.,” says Laura, sounding just a bit unsure. “I’m confident with cakes and cookies; it’s the live yeast that intimidates me.”
“Don’t worry. It’s mostly a waiting game,” I say. “You mix the yeast dough together and watch for it to double. You form the dough into little balls, wait for them to rise, and then you bake.”
“That’s it for the dinner rolls?” asks Laura.
3-Hour Italian dinner rolls start to finish
“Yes! Well, you do have to make an egg white wash and brush it on top of the dinner rolls before baking.”
“Okay,” says Laura. “I think I can handle that. This dinner is putting me under a lot of pressure. I don’t mind cooking for people I know, but these strangers are expecting a lot. I’m a nervous wreck.”
“You’ll do great! If you have a question I’m just a phone call away,” I say. “Do you want me to come over and help?”
“No. That’s okay. You’ve got lots to do before this weekend. Just send me the dinner rolls recipe, and I’ll get started. I’ll call you tomorrow and fill you in on how the dinner went.”
Easy Italian dinner rolls fragrant and soft
The phone rings. I pick it up it but before I can say hello, Laura is talking a mile a minute. “The dinner rolls were a huge success! I couldn’t believe how easy they were to put together and how fast they rose. Everything turned out perfectly!”
“I’m glad,” I say. “See, I told you; you had absolutely nothing to worry about.”
“That recipe is a keeper! Tony wants me to make some more dinner rolls tonight. We’re having his favorite for dinner, pasta with Bolognese Sauce Antica. It looks like I better stock up on yeast; he’s going to want those rolls on a regular basis.”
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