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Homemade (vegan) dinner rolls for a warm welcome on Meatless Monday

Homemade (vegan) dinner rolls for a warm welcome on Meatless Monday

Soup is a winter favorite for lots of cooks -- it's easy, it's cheap and it's filling on a cold day. And a little effort nets you a big pot that can last several days (or feed lots of people). But for hungry eaters who aren't satisfied by a bowl of soup, homemade dinner rolls are just the ticket. And you can't beat the way they warm the house, filling it with the smell of fresh-baked bread!

See also: Split-pea soup to help chase away winter for Meatless Monday

Homemade (vegan) dinner rolls for a warm welcome on Meatless Monday

(Note: This recipe is for high-altitude baking. Sea-level bakers will want to adjust flour amounts accordingly.)

You will need:

3 cups flour (possibly more)

2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast

1 cup warm water

3 tablespoons vegan butter (we used Earth Balance brand -- and brand does matter!)

1 egg's worth of egg replacement plus water (for Bob's Red Mill, 1 tablespoon powder plus 3 tablespoons water)

Homemade (vegan) dinner rolls for a warm welcome on Meatless Monday

1. Mix the yeast with 1/4 cup of the water, which should be very warm, but not boiling. Stir until yeast is dissolved.

Homemade (vegan) dinner rolls for a warm welcome on Meatless Monday

Add one teaspoon of sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved. Set it aside; we'll let it activate while we get the egg replacement ready.

Homemade (vegan) dinner rolls for a warm welcome on Meatless Monday

Combine the egg replacer with as much water as needed to make the equivalent of one egg (this will vary depending on the brand of egg replacer used).

Homemade (vegan) dinner rolls for a warm welcome on Meatless Monday

2.In a large bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 cups flour, the rest of the sugar (one tablespoon plus two teaspoons) and the salt until thoroughly combined.

Homemade (vegan) dinner rolls for a warm welcome on Meatless Monday

3. Melt two tablespoons of the vegan butter and add it to the flour mixture, along with the remaining 3/4 cup of water (which should also be as hot as your tap can get it).

Homemade (vegan) dinner rolls for a warm welcome on Meatless Monday

Mix together.

Homemade (vegan) dinner rolls for a warm welcome on Meatless Monday

By now, your yeast mixture should be ready; it should have risen and look foamy, like this.

Homemade (vegan) dinner rolls for a warm welcome on Meatless Monday

Add it to the dough.

Homemade (vegan) dinner rolls for a warm welcome on Meatless Monday

Stir the dough until everything is mixed together.

Homemade (vegan) dinner rolls for a warm welcome on Meatless Monday

4. Add the rest of the flour, a little at a time, stirring to incorporate.

Homemade (vegan) dinner rolls for a warm welcome on Meatless Monday

Excellent. Cover and set aside, allowing it to rise for thirty minutes or so.

Homemade (vegan) dinner rolls for a warm welcome on Meatless Monday

While the dough is rising, grease a pie pan.

Homemade (vegan) dinner rolls for a warm welcome on Meatless Monday

5. Knead the dough for a little bit -- five minutes or so. If it's too sticky, add more flour.

Homemade (vegan) dinner rolls for a warm welcome on Meatless Monday

Form the dough into balls and place in the pie pan. (It's okay if they're not all that pretty -- the rising and baking should make them look nicer.) Cover and set aside for another thirty minutes to allow them to rise.

Homemade (vegan) dinner rolls for a warm welcome on Meatless Monday

See? Much better!

Homemade (vegan) dinner rolls for a warm welcome on Meatless Monday

While the rolls are rising, melt the remaining tablespoon of vegan butter in a small dish and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Homemade (vegan) dinner rolls for a warm welcome on Meatless Monday

6. Brush the rolls with the vegan butter.

Homemade (vegan) dinner rolls for a warm welcome on Meatless Monday

Bake for eighteen minutes, or until the tops of the rolls are golden brown.

Homemade (vegan) dinner rolls for a warm welcome on Meatless Monday

Serve with the soup of your choice -- we tried these with split-pea soup, and they were fantastic!



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