Hard rolls are awesome. Especially if you’re from Jersey… then you know what I’m talking about. Here’s a pretty simple roll recipe you should give a try. It’s a little heavier, but it has the same great flavor as the rolls from Sarentenos in Lakewood or your NY street vendor. Yes, yummy. And thereputic to make. Have fun =)

Oh, and try to have an empty stomach around the time they’re done baking because you will promptly eat 3 when they are fresh out of the oven!

Hard Rolls

2 pk Dry yeast
2 c Warm water
2 ts Sugar
1 t Salt
4 1/2 to 4 3/4 c All-purpose flour
1/4 c Butter or margarine, melted

Dissolve yeast in warm water in a large mixing bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Add sugar and salt; stir well. Slowly stir enough flour into the yeast mixture to make a soft dough. Turn dough out onto a floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 to 10 minutes). Place in a well-greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place, with no drafts, 45 minutes or until doubled in size. Punch dough down, and shape into 18 loaf-shaped rolls.

Place on greased baking sheets. Score tops of rolls with a knife, making 1/4-inch deep slashes; brush with 2 tablespoons butter. Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, 30 minutes or until doubled in bulk. Bake at 400ºF for 25 to 30 minutes.

Makes 1-1/2 dozen

4 comments to “Hard Roll Recipe of Loooooove”

  1. Myria

    I’m not from Jersey (as you know), but I am however a fatty who loooooves me some hard rolls!!:) I am stealing this recipe as we speak, putting it in my recipe book, & making the rolls as soon as I have some spare time to bake in!:)

  2. Denese

    Yesterday I was reading a blogger whose husband referred to her morning coffee as “the sweet nectar of love”. I bet it would taste great with your hard rolls of looooove! I’ve already cut and pasted your recipe! Mmmmmmmmm. xoxo

  3. Tiffany

    You have a fantastic blog! I enjoyed browsing it. Your writing style is fabulous! I will try to comment, but I must admit I am more of a lurcher. ;) I did shaving cream with Cadi earlier this fall to help her with her fine motor skills and letter writing. It was something fun I did in my classroom as a teacher a lot. The bonus was squeaky clean desks afterward, and a room that smelled like a man rather than 20 stinky second graders! ;) These rolls sound yummy. :)

  4. Carolyn

    Okay - you are my hero. I can’t wait to try these. I looove baking and love trying new things - and NJ Hard Rolls are some of my favourite things! (And not something we get a whole lot of out here in Colorado!) You rock!


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