Sub/Po-Boy Rolls

makes 6-8 rolls

3 cups bread flour

1 Tablespoon dry active yeast

1 Tablespoon granulated sugar

1 Tablespoon vegetable shortening

1 1/4 cups warm water

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

In a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook combine the flour, yeast, sugar, shortening, and water.  Mix on low speed until a dough forms and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.  Add the salt and increase the speed to medium; knead for 10 minutes.  Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and form it into a ball.  Lightly grease the inside of the mixing bowl and return the dough to the bowl.  Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm, draft-free space to rise for 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently deflate the dough.  Divide the dough into 6 (about 4-ounces each) or 8 (about 3-ounces each) balls.  Cover with a clean kitchen towel and allow them to rest for 15 minutes.  Form each ball into a 6-8-inch long roll.  Place the rolls onto a large parchment lined baking sheet, cover with a damp cloth, and set aside in a draft-free space to rise for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 375º F.  Bake the loaves until golden brown, about 30 minutes.  Transfer to racks to cool completely.  Slice and stuff with your favorite fillings.  Enjoy!

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