Evy’s Cajun Kitchen
I’ve said in this column before that I love bread and that I could just about live on bread alone. I find bread making to be good therapy. It’s a little time consuming, but the end result is so tasty.
Any time I make bread, I can hear my daddy (who was born and raised for the first few years of his life, on a houseboat in Barataria La.), telling the story of how my granny would get up in the middle of the night and put another little bit of kindling in the wood burning stove. Granny wanted to make sure the stove was still hot in the morning so she could make her daily bread.
I found this easy bread recipe in one of my mom’s homemade cookbooks and wanted to try it. The bread came out perfect and made fantastic dinner rolls. Daddy even made them for our last Thanksgiving dinner. They are so good when they come fresh out of the oven and with butter slathered on.
I hope you will try this recipe. It’s easy and not as time consuming as some homemade breads are. Don’t be afraid to try it, just do it. You can only fail if you don’t try.
One Hour Yeast Rolls
Preheat oven to 375
1 cup warm water
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup cooking oil
2 Tablespoons yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
3 1/3 cups flour
In a large bowl, mix together warm water, sugar, oil and yeast. Let stand 15 minutes until yeast mixture is bubbly. Stir in salt and beaten egg to yeast mixture.
Gradually add flour. Dough will be sticky, but add enough flour until it’s manageable. Let dough rest in bowl for 10 minutes (dough can be covered with towel).
Spray hands with cooking spray and form into small balls. Place balls so they don’t touch on cookie sheet. Let rise for 20 more minutes.
Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.
For added flavor, mix melted butter and honey and brush tops of rolls.