Everyone needs a go-to recipe for soft, luxurious dinner rolls, and this right here is a good 'un. Try them once and I promise you these will be your go-to any time you want perfect from-scratch yeast rolls on your dinner table.
What Do I Need To Make Yeast Rolls?
- Whole milk
- All-purpose flour
- Active dry yeast (not instant yeast)
- A little salt and sugar
Can I Substitute Any Of The Ingredients?
These rolls use a rich yeast dough - meaning it has added fat content in the form of eggs, butter, and milk - ensures these rolls are tender instead of chewy with robust flavor throughout. While you can technically use a low fat milk, your rolls will seem dryer and not as tender as they will be if you use whole milk.
As for the flour, I recommend a medium protein all-purpose flour. Most standard all-purpose flours in the grocery store will fit the bill, though the White Lily brand in particular is a low protein flour that's ideal for more delicate baked goods (cakes, fluffy biscuits, etc). You can use bread flour - which has a higher protein content - for a more chewy roll.
You can use salted butter instead of unsalted, just reduce the amount of added salt to ¾ tsp.
How Long Should I Knead The Bread Dough?
Because these rolls are classically prepared with kneading the dough and a double rise, it does take some advance planning to time things properly. Weekends are an ideal time to whip up a batch of homemade rolls for a special Sunday dinner. Luckily, most of the prep time is hands off while allowing the dough to rise, so while making these rolls takes some patience, this is an easy recipe at its core. A bonus is that they will make your whole house smell amazing during the whole process, because not too many things smell better than yeast dough and fresh-baked bread.
There's no hard and fast rule for how many minutes you should knead bread dough, but you'll want to knead until the dough is smooth and stretchy. For these rolls, kneading by hand should take 3-4 minutes, and just a tad shorter if using the dough hook of your stand mixer. You can always add a little bit of flour if your dough is too wet and is unable to be handled, but make sure to only add it a teeny bit at a time to avoid adding too much and changing the texture of your rolls.
What Kind Of Pan Should I Use For Yeast Rolls?
I find that these rolls bake up best in a glass 9x13 baking dish. You can use metal if that's all you have, though your rolls may begin to brown earlier and become darker than you'd like before the rolls are done. To counteract this, keep an eye on them and tent with aluminum foil if they brown too quickly.
I tried to include some useful notes in the recipe below to help your rolls turn out their very best. Please read through the instructions thoroughly before starting and feel free to ask me any questions in the comment section below. I hope you give these a try!
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