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.

Posting to Michael's Foodie Friday and Honey's Potpourri Party!


  1. Wow, I think these are the prettiest homemade rolls I've seen yet-enjoy:@)

  1. Those sure do look good, so yes you'd probably better make sure you have plenty ready. Thank you for the recipe. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  1. Oh, you are just the best cook! Those rolls look soooo good and I can just taste the gravy after a bit of dipping with the bread...I must be hungry since I'm hallucinating Thanksgiving food.

  1. Debbie said...:

    Those look delicious. I am like you in that I can't enjoy a roll anymore. Sigh...

  1. LDH said...:

    Homemade dinner rolls ~ one of my favorite foods in the world! They look delicious :)

  1. Oh I was thinking of making my own from scratch this year and here you are with your wonderful recipe and they just look like little clouds of yumminess!!

  1. I will be filing this one to try. They look so yummy!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  1. Elsa said...:

    Beautiful rolls. I agree, more special occasions! :) I saved this recipe to try out.

  1. Kathleen said...:

    I can smell their yeasty goodness! Love a good homemade dinner roll, they look wonderful!

  1. Jenn said...:

    I agree, homemade rolls are a must at Thanksgiving. Your rolls look perfect.

  1. ButterYum said...:

    Who can argue with "Amazingly Awesome"? Going into my recipe file. Thanks for sharing.


  1. AshTreeCottage said...:

    Your home made rolls look so yummy! Although we don't eat them all the time either, they are just perfect for special occasions! Thanks for the recipe!!

    Susan and Bentley

  1. They really do look Awesome, Gail! I have to try these.

  1. FABBY'S LIVING said...:

    Just great those rolls! Thanks for the recipe. Hubby and I love home made bread. Happy Thanksgiving for you all.

  1. I don't usually make homemade rolls but these look easy. I'm going to have to give them a try!

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