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Mike's Easy Dinner Rolls Recipe

  • Prep Time
    2 1/2 hours
  • Difficulty
  • Servings
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp white sugar
  • 2 tsp fine salt
  • 2 tbsp instant dry yeast
  • 1 ½ cups of whole milk heated to 105 – 110 degrees.
  • 1 egg at room temp
  • 5 tbsp butter at room temp
  • Mike’s Hot Honey

In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the sugar, salt, yeast and 3 cups of the flour and whisk by hand to combine.

Add the warmed milk, egg, and butter (cut into 1 tbsp pats) to the mixture. Use a dough hook on the stand mixer and set to low speed to combine. Allow to mix for 1-2 minutes, scraping down the sides as necessary.

Stop the mixer, and add ½ cup more flour. Increase the mix speed to medium for around 2 to 3 minutes, or until fully incorporated.

Stop the mixer and pull the dough off the hook and place back in the bowl. Add another ½ cup flour, and mix on medium speed for 2-3 minutes until fully incorporated and dough begins to look smooth.

Once the dough is cleanly pulling away from the sides of the bowl, pull it out of the bowl onto a clean work surface and shape into a large dough ball.

Place the dough back into the bowl and cover with a towel. Allow to rise for about 1 hour at room temp, or until doubled in size.

Punch the dough down, then portion into pieces, about 60 grams each. Shape each piece into a small ball.

Place the dough balls on an ungreased 9x13 baking sheet with the sides touching. Be sure to cover with a clean towel between shaping dough balls to keep them from drying out. Leave a free space to grip the pan when taking in and out of the oven.

Cover the dough balls and pan with a clean towel and allow to proof for 45 minutes at room temp. Be sure to begin preheating the oven to 375 degrees during the time.

Bake for 13–14 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown.

Remove from the oven and brush with melted butter (see honey butter recipe here) and a generous drizzle of Mike’s Hot Honey. If you have leftovers they can be stored in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Ah, dinner rolls. Those delightful little pillows of dough that have the power to elevate any meal, from a simple weeknight dinner to a lavish holiday feast. There's just something about tearing into a warm, freshly baked roll that brings comfort and satisfaction like nothing else. And while it's easy to grab a pack of store-bought rolls, there's nothing quite like the taste and pride that comes with making your own.

Even better when you’re elevating the classic dinner roll with the original hot honey. For a sweet and hot taste, we’ll elevate the classic dinner roll with Mike’s Hot Honey. So, whether you're a seasoned baker or a newbie in the kitchen, this easy dinner roll recipe made with Mike’s Hot Honey will help you make homemade bread rolls in no time.

Importance of Yeast

Now, let's get to the heart of the matter - the secret to perfect dinner rolls. It all boils down to one magical ingredient: yeast. Yes, my friends, yeast is the key to achieving those light, fluffy, and oh-so-tempting rolls. It's what gives the dough its rise and creates those beautiful air pockets that make each roll irresistibly soft and tender. So, don't be intimidated by yeast; embrace it! With a little bit of patience and the right technique, you'll be a yeast master in no time.

Tips for a Successful Dinner Roll Recipe

Before we embark on this dinner roll recipe, we'll me share some tips to ensure a successful outcome.

  • First and foremost, make sure your yeast is fresh. Expired yeast won't give you the rise you're looking for, so always check the expiration date before using it.
  • Secondly, be mindful of the temperature of your ingredients. Warm milk and melted butter should be at a temperature that is comfortable to touch, but not too hot, as it can kill the yeast.
  • Additionally, the dough should rise in a warm place, free from drafts. A turned-off oven with the light on is a great spot for proofing your dough.
  •  Another tip is to be patient and not rush the rising process. Yeast needs time to work its magic, so don't be tempted to rush through the rising times. Trust us, it's worth the wait!
  • Lastly, don't be afraid to get creative and experiment with different flavors and fillings. Try adding some garlic powder, herbs, or even cheese to the dough for a savory twist. The possibilities are endless!

Variations on the classic dinner roll recipe

Not only can you put a spin on this classic recipe by drizzling Mike’s Hot Honey but there are other variations as well. While the classic dinner roll recipe is a tried-and-true favorite, it's always fun to switch things up and add some variety to your breadbasket. Here are a few variations on the classic dinner roll recipe to inspire your culinary creativity:

  1. Cheesy Garlic Rolls: Add a generous amount of grated cheese and garlic powder to the dough before shaping the rolls. The result? Cheesy, garlicky goodness that will have everyone coming back for seconds.
  2. Herb-infused Rolls: Mix in some dried herbs such as rosemary, thyme, or parsley into the dough for a fragrant and flavorful twist. These rolls pair perfectly with soups and stews.
  3. Thanksgiving Rolls: Add some dried cranberries and chopped walnuts to the dough before shaping the rolls. The cranberries add a burst of tartness and the walnuts provide a delightful crunch.

What to Serve with Dinner Rolls

Good thing for you is that dinner rolls go with just about anything. From our experience, people can’t resist fresh bread rolls on the dinner table. They’re incredibly versatile and go with a plethora of main dishes such as:

You've made it from zero to dough and now have all the knowledge and tips you need to create effortless dinner rolls. So, next time you're planning a meal, don't forget to give homemade rolls a try. The process may seem a bit intimidating at first, but with a little practice and a whole lot of love, you'll be serving up warm, fluffy, and utterly delicious dinner rolls that will have everyone begging for more.

Enjoy the joy that comes with creating something beautiful and delicious in your own kitchen. We have more hot honey recipes to choose from, but if you're ready to get in the kitchen, learn where to buy hot honey.

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