How To Bake Homemade Dinner Rolls

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Homemade dinner rolls are delicious, and surprisingly easy to make. Once you begin baking your own homemade dinner rolls, you'll never go back to the store-bought version again. Dinner rolls are made in nearly the same fashion and homemade bread, except that they are formed into rolls instead of loaves before baking. Here's how to bake homemade dinner rolls:

Ingredients and supplies:

  • 1 package instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup dry milk powder
  • 1 cup lukewarm (not hot) water
  • Approximately 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening (Crisco or butter)
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Small bowl
  • Mixer or large spoon
  • Plastic wrap
  • Greased pan
  • Sharp knife
  • Cooling rack
  1. Mix the dough. First, mix the yeast and lukewarm water together in a small bowl. Bubbles or foam should form; this is a sign that the yeast is working. Mix the dry milk powder, sugar, salt, and 2 1/2 cups flour. Mix until just combined. Add the warm water/yeast mixture, shortening, and egg, mixing until a soft dough begins to form. Add more flour, if necessary. The dough should be soft and slightly sticky. Mix the ingredients together using a mixer or large spoon.
  2. Knead the dough. If you have a mixer with a dough hook, you can knead the dough using your mixer. Otherwise, use your hands. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, such as your countertop or a large cutting board. Knead with the heel of your hands, turning the dough a quarter turn after every knead.
  3. Wait for the dough to rise and punch it down. Place the dough back in the mixing bowl, and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Place in a slightly warm spot for ten minutes, and allow the bread time to rise. After ten minutes, punch the dough down.
  4. Shape into rolls. Now, shape the dough into roll shapes by pinching off a piece of dough and rolling it in your palms until it is rounded. Remember that the dough will become about twice that size when the rolls are done, so shape your rolls accordingly. Placed on the greased pan, far enough apart that they will not stick to each other. Let rise 30 to 45 minutes; the rolls should almost double in size. While they are rising, preheat the oven to 375 to 400 degrees.
  5. Bake the rolls. Bake the rolls until the tops turn golden brown. This should take about 15 minutes.
  6. Serve the rolls. Serve your homemade dinner rolls warm, with butter and jam or honey.

Homemade dinner rolls smell irresistible while they're baking. Your kitchen will smell so good that you look forward to it each time you bake bread or rolls. Homemade dinner rolls can take a bit of preparation, but most of your time is spent waiting for the dough to rise; baking homemade dinner rolls actually requires little actual work. You can make many variations on this easy recipe; for example, experiment with small amounts of cheddar cheese placed in the center of each roll before baking. This recipe makes about 12 rolls; to make more rolls, simply make more batches, as double batches of bread are hard to mix and knead.


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