Craving the warmth of homemade bread without the all-day effort? These brown and serve dinner rolls are your golden ticket to a delicious, easy-to-make side dish that will impress any dinner guest.
😍 Why You Will Love This Recipe
Have you ever sunk your teeth into a fresh, warm roll right out of the oven? That's the magic of these brown and serve dinner rolls. Originating from the desire for convenience without sacrificing the charm of homemade bread, this recipe is a crowd-pleaser. And for all you meat lovers out there, imagine these fluffy delights soaking up the savory juices of your favorite steak or brisket. Irresistible, right?
For this recipe, gather these essential ingredients: whole milk, water, an egg, bread flour, instant potato flakes, dry milk powder, sugar, rapidrise yeast, kosher salt, and unsalted butter.
- Bread Flour: Provides structure due to its high wheat gluten content. It's perfect for a sturdy yet airy texture.
- Instant Potato Flakes: A secret ingredient! They trap moisture, keeping your rolls soft and fluffy.
- RapidRise Yeast: This ensures a quicker and more reliable rise compared to active dry yeast. It's crucial for that perfect puff in your rolls.
- Tips and Tricks:
- Dry Ingredients: Measure your dry ingredients, especially flour, with precision. Use a wooden spoon to fluff up the flour before spooning it into a measuring cup. Level it off for accuracy.
- Combine Milk Gently: Warm the milk to the right temperature (lukewarm) to activate the yeast. Too hot, and you’ll kill it; too cold, and it won’t activate.
- First Bake: For a softer crust, cover the rolls with aluminum foil during the first half of the baking process.
- Herb and Garlic Roll Variations:
- Herb Rolls: Mix in 1-2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, or parsley into the dough. These herb-infused rolls are perfect for special occasions or a Christmas dinner. The fresh herbs add a delightful aroma and a burst of flavor.
- Garlic Rolls: For garlic rolls, add 1-2 teaspoons of garlic powder to the dry ingredients or finely minced fresh garlic for a more intense flavor. Brush the baked rolls with a mix of melted butter and fresh minced garlic. Garlic rolls are a hit for homemade dinners and are especially popular at gatherings or as a savory treat during the holidays.
- Extra Tips:
- Additional Flour: If the dough is too sticky, add just enough additional flour to make it manageable. Be careful not to overdo it, as too much flour can make the rolls dense.
- Yeast Nutrients: To ensure your yeast activates properly, check the most current product nutrition facts on the yeast packet. Freshness matters.
- Shaping Process: When shaping your rolls, aim for equal pieces. This ensures they bake uniformly. For a special touch, use a greased 9-inch pan to give them a beautiful round shape.
These rolls, whether herbed, garlic-infused, or classic, are a delightful addition to any meal. They bring the convenience of store-bought rolls with the added charm and flavor of homemade bread. Perfect for everyday meals or special occasions like Christmas dinner, they're sure to be a hit!
2️⃣ Dinner Roll Recipe Instructions
🥖 Step by Step Instructions
1 - Warm the Ingredients:
Start by warming the milk and water until they're lukewarm. You can do this in a microwave-safe bowl for 20-30 seconds on high or in a saucepan over the stove. Tip: Use your finger to test the temperature – it should be comfortably warm, not hot.
2 - Mix the Dough:
In the bowl of a stand mixer with a dough hook, combine the egg, bread flour, potato flakes, dry milk, sugar, yeast, salt, and 3 tablespoons of butter. Gradually pour in the warm milk mixture. Knead at a medium-low speed for about 5 minutes until a soft dough forms. It's okay if the dough is a bit sticky. Tip: If the dough sticks to the sides of the bowl, add a bit more flour, a tablespoon at a time.
3 - First Rise:
Flour your hands, remove the dough, and shape the dinner roll dough into a ball. Place dough in a lightly greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap or a damp cloth. Let it rise in a warm, draft-free place until it doubles in size, about 90 minutes. Tip: A warm place like the top of the fridge can speed up the rise time.
4 - Shape the Rolls:
Flour a surface and gently turn out the dough. Divide it into 12 equal pieces, each weighing about 1¾ to 2 ounces. Shape each piece into a smooth ball. Tip: For uniform rolls, use a kitchen scale to weigh each piece.
5 - Second Rise:
Spray a 9-inch round cake pan with nonstick spray. Arrange the rolls in the pan, placing 8 around the edges and 4 in the center. Cover and let them rise until nearly doubled, about 1 hour. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 350°F. Tip: The rolls are ready to bake when they're puffy and touching each other.
6 - Bake the Rolls:
Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter and brush it over the rolls. Bake for 23 to 25 minutes until golden brown. Cool them on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature, with butter. Tip: For an extra golden top, brush the rolls with melted butter again halfway through baking.
🍳 Cooking Tips & Serving Suggestions
- Golden Rule: Brush the rolls with melted butter before baking for that beautiful golden crust.
- Serving Suggestion: Serve rolls warm with extra butter, or use them to mop up sauces from your main dish. They’re versatile!
🔥 Alternate Cooking Methods
No bread machine? No problem. You can easily mix this dough by hand or with a stand mixer. Just remember, the key is in the kneading – you want a smooth, elastic dough.
3️⃣ Storage Instructions
- Refrigerate: Store them in an airtight container. They’ll stay fresh for up to 4 days.
- Freeze: Freeze either the dough or the baked rolls. They’ll last for about 3 months in the freezer.
- Reheat: Thaw, then reheat in the oven. They’ll come out like they’re freshly baked!
4️⃣ Side Dishes and Drink Pairing
Pair these rolls with a hearty meat dish or a light salad – they're versatile like that. And for drinks? A glass of red wine or a cold beer complements their buttery goodness perfectly.
- ½ cup whole milk
- ¼ cup water
- 1 unit egg
- 2 cups bread flour plus additional for dusting
- ½ cup instant potato flakes
- 2 tablespoons dry milk powder
- 2½ tablespoons sugar
- 1¼ teaspoons rapid rise yeast
- 1¼ teaspoons kosher salt
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature, plus extra for serving
- Warm the milk and water in a microwave-safe bowl for 20-30 seconds on high, or in a saucepan on the stove, until lukewarm.
- In the large mixer bowl of a bread machine with a dough hook, mix together the egg, bread flour, potato flakes, dry milk, sugar, yeast, salt, and 3 tablespoons of butter. Add the warm milk mixture and knead on a medium-low speed for about 5 minutes to form a soft dough (it’s okay if it slightly sticks to the bowl).
- Flour your hands, take out the dough, and form a smooth ball. Place it in a lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap or a damp cloth, and let it rise in a warm, draft-free place until it doubles in size, about 90 minutes.
- Gently turn out the dough onto a surface dusted with flour, which will deflate it. Cut it into 12 equal portions, each about 1¾ to 2 ounces, and shape each into a smooth ball.
- Spray a 9-inch round cake pan with nonstick spray. Arrange the dough balls in the pan, 8 around the edges and 4 in the center. Cover with plastic wrap or a damp cloth, and let them rise until nearly doubled, puffy, and touching, for about 1 hour. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 350°F and position the rack in the middle.
- Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter. Brush the tops of the rolls with this melted butter and bake for 23 to 25 minutes, until they have a golden brown top. Remove and cool on a wire rack. Serve these hot rolls warm or at room temperature, with butter on the side.
- To store, place the rolls in airtight containers or resealable plastic bags. They can be kept at room temperature for a few days or frozen for longer storage.
- For freezing dough: After the first rise and shaping into balls, freeze them on a baking sheet for about an hour, then transfer to a freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature for at least 3 hours, place in the baking dish, let rise the second time, and proceed as per the recipe.
- For freezing baked rolls: Cool completely, wrap in aluminum foil, and place in a freezer bag. Freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw for 3 hours at room temperature and reheat in a 350°F oven for 10-15 minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Using an air fryer can be a quick and convenient method. Place the rolls in the air fryer basket, ensuring they don’t touch each other. Air fry them at 350°F for around 5-8 minutes. Keep an eye on them – air fryers work fast!
Traditional dinner rolls often contain butter, milk, and sometimes eggs, so they're not vegan. However, you can find or make vegan versions using plant-based substitutes like soy milk, vegan butter, and egg replacers.
In moderation, dinner rolls can be part of a balanced diet. They're generally made with wheat flour, which can provide some nutrients like vitamin B. However, be mindful of portion sizes and the rest of your meal to maintain a healthy diet.
Definitely! You can prepare the dough in advance and let it rise slowly in the refrigerator. This can even enhance the flavor. Just bring the dough back to room temperature before shaping and baking.
Check if they're done by looking for a golden brown top and a hollow sound when you tap the bottom of the rolls. An internal temperature of about 190°F to 200°F also indicates they're fully baked.
Dinner rolls often contain sugar or honey in the recipe. This not only adds a touch of sweetness but also helps to brown the crust and feed the yeast for a better rise.
Dinner rolls made with refined wheat flour are primarily a source of simple carbohydrates. However, if made with whole grain flour, they can offer more complex carbs and additional nutrients.
These rolls got their name because they're traditionally served as a side dish with dinner. They're small, individual bread portions perfect for mopping up sauces or enjoying with butter during the meal.