Luckily, my actually-knows-how-to-cook roommate kept a container of yeast in the fridge and was generous with inviting me to use it, leading to several trials, mistakes, and leaden lumps of what was laughably called "bread" before I finally settled on a recipe that produced airy, sweet, simple dinner rolls.
I like to make them when I'm having soup, and I usually save them for my breakfasts for the rest of the week, which is the only time I generally eat breakfast (for you stranger(s) reading the blog, I begin work at the ungodly hour of 3am, which shouldn't even be considered a valid time in the first place, and eating that early in the morning is usually a dicey proposition). They heat up wonderfully well, emitting the kinds of smells that just wrap you in a sense of peace with all things.
They're easy enough to prepare, but because they need about 2 hours of resting time (I know! it's the trade-off when you bake for yourself), I sometimes find myself in a sort of race against the clock situation where my dinner is halfway done and my rolls are just rising. Preparation, preparation.
This recipe is based off one I found at allrecipes.com, although their instructions to put the whole thing into a bread machine (see above) were not appreciated.
SWEET DINNER ROLLS
1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1/2 cup warm milk
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/5 tsps active dry yeast
1/4 cup butter, softened
Mix the water and milk
Microwave for 1 minute and 15 seconds
Stir in the sugar until it dissolved, then stir in the yeast.
Let rest 10-15 minutes.
Mix in the salt, butter and egg, then the flour a half cup at a time.
Let it rise for about 45 minutes in the bowl, covered with a damp paper towel
Punch it down, divide it into about 16 balls, cover with paper towel
Let it rise for another hour
Bake 15-20 minutes at 375 degrees
Image from Taste of Home. My rolls look a little different--more sort of squashed and lighter, but I couldn't find anything else as accurate.