Soft Dinner Rolls

November 17, 2010 | By andrea | Filed in: Baking, Bread, Christmas, Recipes, Thanksgiving.

These dinner rolls are soft (hence the name), delicious and super easy to make. And the house smelled heavenly as they were baking!!! I’m not exaggerating when I say that my Boys and Husband ate the entire batch in less than 2 days…okay, I had a few myself.

I used active dry yeast which took twice as long for the dough to rise (about 2 hours) but eventually it did what it was supposed to do. If you want to cut down on rising time, definitely use instant yeast. After the first rise, it’s time to divide the dough into 16 pieces. Take the blob of dough, cut in in half, then so on until you have 16 pieces of dough. I like to use my Salter Kitchen Scale to help me weigh out the dough into pieces that are roughly the same weight. Shape them into smooth balls, let the rolls rise for about an hour in a 9″x13″ pan, bake, and let your home be transformed by the delicious fragrance of homemade rolls.  Enjoy!

Soft Dinner Rolls
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An old favorite, these timeless rolls are always in fashion. Golden brown outside and cream-colored inside, with just a hint of sweetness, these rolls are the perfect vehicle for a melting pat of butter, and a wonderful accompaniment to everything from soup and salad to meat and potatoes.

2 1/2 teaspoons regular instant yeast or active dry yeast*
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
3 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/4 cup potato flour OR dried potato flakes
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon lukewarm water (potato water, if you have any saved)
3/4 cup lukewarm milk
3 tablespoons butter, softened or melted

*The recipe directions are written for instant yeast; to use active dry yeast, dissolve it in the water first. Also, be aware that your rising times will be longer.

To make dough by hand or mixer: In a large bowl, whisk together the yeast, sugar, salt, flour and potato flour or potato flakes. Add the water, milk and butter, and mix until cohesive. Knead the dough on a lightly oiled surface till it’s smooth and supple. Add flour if you must, but the dough will continue to absorb liquid as you knead, so try to knead for 5 minutes or so before adding any additional flour. Remember, the more flour in the dough, the heavier and dryer the rolls will be.

Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and set the dough aside to rise till doubled in bulk, 1 to 2 hours, depending on the warmth of your kitchen.

To make dough in a bread machine: Place all of the ingredients into the pan of your bread machine, program the machine for Manual or Dough, and press Start. Assess the dough about 10 minutes before the end of the second kneading cycle; add additional water or flour as necessary to produce a smooth, supple, somewhat soft dough.

To complete the rolls: Divide the dough into 16 pieces. Shape each piece into a smooth ball. Lightly grease two 9-inch round cake pans, or a 9 x 13-inch pan. Space the rolls in the pan(s), cover them with lightly greased plastic wrap, and allow them to rise for about 1 hour, till they’re very puffy and are touching one another.

Bake the rolls in a preheated 350°F oven for 20 to 22 minutes, or until they’re golden brown. Remove them from the oven, set them on a wire rack to cool, and brush them with melted butter or margarine, if desired. This will give the rolls a soft crust. Serve the rolls warm, or store them in an airtight container. Yield: 16 rolls.

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2 comments on “Soft Dinner Rolls

  1. Kristin says:

    YUMMY! These look like a perfect recipe for Thanksgiving. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Jana says:

    Thanks for this one! The recipe I used last year for Thanksgiving rolls was terrible so was planning to search for another one. Looking forward to trying this one out.