These Super Simple Dinner Rolls are the perfect addition to your dinner table, boasting a light, fluffy, and buttery texture that will delight your taste buds. You won’t believe how easy it is to make these yeast rolls, and they’ll elevate any meal.
The Magic of Dinner Rolls
Dinner rolls are a staple for any dinner table. They’re soft, buttery, flakey, and absolutely divine. The great news is that you don’t need to be a master baker to whip up these delightful rolls. They taste far superior to store-bought versions, and you can impress your family and guests with your baking skills.
What sets these dinner rolls apart is that you don’t have to knead the dough by hand. A stand mixer, equipped with a dough hook attachment, will do the work for you. However, if you prefer the traditional approach or don’t have a stand mixer, you can knead the dough by hand.
FAQs – Perfecting Your Dinner Rolls
How do you make yeast rolls light and fluffy?
The key to light and fluffy yeast rolls is proper yeast activation. Ensure the water, butter, and milk mixture’s temperature is below 130°F. Any hotter, and the yeast won’t survive. Let it sit for about 5 minutes to activate the yeast before adding other ingredients.
How can I prevent dry dinner rolls?
To prevent dry rolls, use whole milk as the fat content is essential for yeast. Avoid excessive all-purpose flour, as it can dry out the rolls. Ensure you measure the yeast correctly, as too much can also lead to dryness.
Can I freeze unbaked dinner rolls?
Yes, you can freeze the dough after shaping it into balls, but before they rise. Wrap them tightly and freeze for up to a week. To defrost, refrigerate overnight, then allow them to reach room temperature for 1-2 hours until the dough rises.
Why are my dinner rolls dense?
Dense dinner rolls can result from too much flour or insufficient moisture. Be mindful of flour usage and knead until the dough pulls away from the bowl’s sides, typically 8-10 minutes.
Tips for This Dinner Rolls Recipe
- Serve the rolls warm for the best taste. You can warm them in the oven at 300°F for 10-15 minutes if prepared ahead of time.
- Brushing melted butter before baking gives the rolls a golden brown color and extra buttery goodness.
- Use parchment paper to line the baking pan for easy removal.
- Set a timer during the rising stage to avoid overproofing.
- Ensure your rolls are of uniform size for even baking.
How to Store Dinner Rolls
- Serve: Dinner rolls stay fresh at room temperature for 4-5 days in an airtight container.
- Store: Refrigeration is not recommended as it can lead to faster staleness.
- Freeze: Wrap the rolls in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 1 month.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (or more if needed)
- 2 1/4 teaspoons rapid-rise yeast (1 packet)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- Add yeast to a stand mixer. In a saucepan, heat whole milk, water, and butter until it’s very warm (between 120 and 130°F) and add this mixture to the stand mixer. Let it sit for 5 minutes to proof the yeast for super fluffy rolls.
- Add 1 ½ cups of flour, salt, and sugar to the stand mixer. Use the regular whisk attachment for 2 minutes on medium speed before adding ½ cup of flour and switching to the dough hook. Continue on medium speed for another 8-10 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.
- Roll the dough into 12 balls and place them in an 8×8-inch baking pan. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let them rise in a warm place for 30 minutes, allowing the rolls to double in size.
- Preheat the oven to 375°F, brush the rolls with melted butter, and bake for 20 minutes.
These Super Simple Dinner Rolls are a fantastic addition to your dinner table. They’re light, fluffy, buttery, and incredibly easy to make. Whether you’re serving them for a special occasion or a regular family dinner, these rolls will impress everyone with their delicious taste and texture. Enjoy the simplicity of this classic recipe, and elevate your dining experience with these delightful dinner rolls.