My Favorite Dinner Rolls show up at almost every celebration meal in my family. I can make them in my sleep. They are everything you could want in a dinner roll–light, airy, flavorful, versatile.
Tender, light and tasty! These are my favorite dinner rolls. Mix, knead, and allow the dough to rise in a bread machine, then bake in your conventional oven. The whole process usually takes around 3 hours. Variations, including cinnamon rolls, are endless.
With a little practice, you’ll soon be making little dough balls as smooth and round as a baby’s butt. Check out the video above to see the method I prefer.
Having difficulty knowing when your homemade bread needs to be removed from the oven? Buy yourself a quick-read digital thermometer. They should be around 185-190 degrees in the oven. I highly recommend this method if you are an inexperienced baker, or even if you are experienced. Since I started testing my bread with a thermometer, I have had no more raw bread. These particular rolls will brown fast, so keep an eye on them but be sure they are done. Doughy insides are not the goal.
A light and fluffy, slightly sweet dinner roll
- 1 cup warm milk (if using skim milk, replace 2 Tablespoons of milk with heavy cream)
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 3 cups unbleached flour
- 2 1/4 teaspoons bread or instant yeast
- Place ingredients into bread machine in order listed. Select dough cycle. After about 5 minutes, check dough. It should barely stick to sides and then pull away. If too wet, add flour 1 tablespoon at a time. If too dry, add water or milk one tablespoon at a time. See pictures of what dough should look like here. When finished, dough should be doubled in size and light. If not, allow to stay in bread machine a few more minutes till risen. (This may happen if the house is cold.)
- Punch down gently. Place on floured surface and form into two large balls. Divide each ball into 8 pieces.
- Make balls from each piece by pulling dough toward the bottom while turning the dough.
- Arrange balls in well-greased 8 or 9-inch round or square pan (non-stick is better) and cover with towel or loose plastic wrap. Place in a warm spot until doubled. (I put mine in the microwave where I have already boiled a cup of water for 5 minutes to make it warm and steamy.)
- Bake in 350-degree preheated oven until golden brown, usually about 10-12 minutes. Within 5 minutes, dump baked rolls out of pan and let cool on rack or paper plate so they won’t get soggy from the steam they produce.
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