Old-Fashioned Bake Sale ~ Amazingly Awesome Dinner Rolls

Thursday, November 17, 2011

It simply isn't Thanksgiving dinner without the homemade rolls at my house. There was a day when all my children were all at home, I made homemade rolls many times a week. Now they are only usually made when we have company or it is the holidays. Makes me kind of sad -- I love baking breads but cannot eat that way any longer so only for special occasions now. I guess I need to make sure we have plenty of special occasions :)

Amazingly Awesome Dinner Rolls
(Printable Version)

Makes 12 sandwich rolls or 18-24 dinner rolls


1 (2-1/4 tsp bulk) envelope active dry yeast
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/4 cups warm whole milk
1/2 stick of room temperature unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more to rub on top of the loaf.
2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups bread flour
2 tsp. salt


Warm the milk and butter in microwave just until the butter begins to melt (butter doesn’t need to melt completely).

Combine the yeast, sugar, butter and milk in a small bowl and let sit until foamy, about 5 minutes.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, add the milk, butter, yeast and sugar mixture, add the eggs and egg yolk, mix to combine.

Mixing on low speed, slowly add the flour and salt. Continue mixing until the dough is silky and springy, about 10 minutes.

Remove the dough to a lightly floured surface and lightly knead for 30 seconds. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with clean tea towel or plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in bulk. Lightly punch down, cover and allow to rise for 30 minutes longer.

For sandwich rolls, roll dough out to approximately a ½ inch thick and cut into 12 equal pieces. For dinner rolls, divide dough into 18-24 equal pieces (depending on the size you want), roll, dip into melted butter and lay the cut or rolled dough balls into a metal 9×13-inch rimmed sheet pan. Brush the tops of sandwich rolls with melted butter. Cover lightly with plastic wrap or slightly dampened tea towel and let the dough rise about 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Bake rolls in the center of the oven until golden brown.

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