Add variety to your bread basket by forming classic dinner rolls into different shapes!
Cover shaped rolls loosely with plastic wrap, leaving room for rolls to rise. Chill 2 to 24 hours. Uncover; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Bake.
On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of the dough into a 12-inch circle. Brush with melted butter or margarine. Cut each circle into 12 wedges using a pizza cutter or sharp knife. To shape, begin at the wide end of a wedge and loosely roll toward the point. Place point side down, 2 to 3 inches apart, on prepared baking sheets.
Divide each dough portion into 16 pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll each piece into a 12-inch-long rope. Tie in a loose knot, leaving 2 long ends. Tuck top end under roll. Bring bottom end up and tuck into center of roll. Place 2 to 3 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.
Parker House Rolls:
On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut dough with a floured 2-1/2-inch-round cutter. Brush with melted butter or margarine. Using the dull edge of a table knife, make an off-center crease in each round. Fold each round along crease with large half on top. Press folded edge firmly. Place rolls 2 to 3 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.
Divide each portion of dough into 36 pieces. Shape each piece into a ball, pulling edges under to make a smooth top. Using a muffin tin, place 3 balls in each muffin cup, smooth sides up.
Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls:
Prepare as above, except substitute 1-1/4 cups whole wheat flour for 1-1/4 cups of the all-purpose flour that is stirred in at the end of step 1.
Rye Caraway Dinner Rolls:
Prepare as above, except add 2 teaspoons caraway seeds to milk mixture and substitute 1-1/4 cups rye flour for 1-1/4 cups of the all-purpose flour that is stirred in at the end of step 1.
Buttermilk Dinner Rolls:
Prepare Dinner Rolls as above, except divide dough into 12 pieces. Cover; let rest 10 minutes. For hamburger buns, shape each portion into a ball, tucking edges under. Place on a greased baking sheet. Using your fingers, slightly flatten balls to 4 inches in diameter. For hot dog buns, shape each portion into a roll about 5-1/2 inches long, tapering ends. Place on a greased baking sheet. Continue as directed. Makes 12 buns.
Onion Dinner Rolls:
Prepare as above, except add 1/3 cup chopped green onion or snipped fresh chives to milk mixture in step 1.