Homemade dinner rolls that are hearty and taste delicious! Is there anything better than a warm homemade dinner roll fresh from the oven?
Homemade Dinner Roll
I love fresh homemade bread. A lot of the time I’ll make my quick homemade bread but sometimes I crave a good dinner roll.
It takes a little bit of work and a little time to let everything rise but the results are delicious!
How to make homemade dinner rolls?
- Get the yeast going
- Mix together all the other ingredients
- Add in the yeast and knead the dough until you get the window pane effect
- Lightly cover the dough and let the dough rise in a warm place
- Punch down and shape into your rolls or bowls
- Lightly cover and let rise again.
- Bake until golden brown
- Brush with some melted butter and enjoy!
Can I add in herbs to add more flavor to these?
Absolutely! Feel free to add rosemary, thyme, even a package of onion soup mix would be tasty!
These easy dinner rolls are great as is but they are delicious with extra seasonings too! Add in any extra seasonings when you mix all the ingredients together.
Why didn’t my dough rise/double in size? What happened?
Either the yeast didn’t activate or the place the dough is rising in is cold.
How to activate yeast?
Combine active dry yeast with ¼ cup warm milk. Make sure the milk isn’t hotter than 110°F or else it will kill the yeast and you won’t get a rise.
Let mixture sit for ~5 minutes. It should get bubbly and a thick layer of foam will appear, that is a sign the yeast is working!
What is the window pane effect?
The window pane effect is where you stretch the dough apart a few inches and if it doesn’t tear, but allows light to pass through then the gluten is developed enough!
How to make bread bowls?
On the second rise simply divide the dough into four equal pieces and shape into a bread round. Bake at the same temperature for a little longer.
Homemade Dinner Rolls
- 1 package dry yeast regular rise
- 1 ¾ cup milk warm, divided
- 1 tbs salt
- ½ cup honey
- ¼ c butter melted
- 1 egg
- 2 cups white flour
- 4 cups bread flour
Combine active dry yeast with ¼ cup warm milk. Make sure the milk temperature is no hotter than 110°F or else it will kill the yeast and you won’t get a rise. (1 package dry yeast, ¼ cup milk)
Allow mixture sit for ~5 minutes. It will get bubbly with a thick layer of foam. That’s a sign the yeast is working!
While the yeast is being activated, combine in a large mixing bowl the remaining milk, salt, honey, butter, egg, and flour. (1 ½ cup milk, 1 tbs salt, ½ cup honey, 1/4 cup melted butter, 1 egg, 2 cups white flour, 4 cups bread flour)
Add yeast mixture to flour mixture and combine until well mixed.
Knead dough on a clean surface for ~10 minutes. You want the gluten to be developed so you get the window pane effect.*
An upright mixture with a dough attachment can be used to knead the dough and will make your job even easier!
Once kneaded, form dough into a large ball and return to mixing bowl. Cover lightly and let rise for 1 hour in a warm place. You want the dough to double in size but if your house is cold it probably won’t grow a ton.
After the first rise, punch the dough back down. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Divide the dough into 12 rolls, pinching and folding the dough over itself to make a smooth round top.
Place the rolls almost touching on the baking sheet.* Cover lightly and let rise for another hour.
Bake in oven preheated to 350°F for ~25 minutes or until golden brown on top. You can top with some melted butter to give a nice shine!
*The window pane effect is where you stretch the dough apart and if it doesn’t tear, but allows light to pass through then the gluten is develop enough! *If they don’t rise to the point where they are touching after and hour, go ahead and gently push them together just so the edges lightly touch before popping them in the oven.