Easy French Bread Rolls
3/4 cup warm water
1-1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups flour
1 egg ~ for egg wash, if desired
In a large bowl stir together warm water, yeast and sugar. Let stand 10 minutes.
Add the oil, salt, and 1 cup flour.
Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough has pulled away from the sides of the bowl.
Knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.
Spray a large bowl with cooking spray and place dough in the bowl. Spray a piece of plastic wrap with cooking spray and cover the bowl. Allow to rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into a log then divide the dough into 8 equal pieces, and form into round balls.
Place on a lightly greased baking sheet at least 2 inches apart. Cover the rolls with a piece of plastic wrap that's been sprayed with cooking spray, and let rise until doubled, about 40 minutes.
Brush with egg wash, if desired.
Bake for 18 - 20 minutes in a preheated 400 degree oven until golden brown.