Basic Dinner Rolls

Dinner Rolls

Making fresh yeast dough dinner buns might take a little time, but it is so worth it!  The house smells great, the effort is minimal and the pay off at dinner time is an added bonus.

  • Recipe yields about 12 dinner rolls, easily doubles if you are feeding a group or want leftovers!
  • 2 to 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • tablespoons sugar
  • packet quick or rapid rise yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk 
  • 1/4 cup water
  • tablespoons butter 

Combine 3/4 cup flour, sugar, dry yeast and salt in a large mixer bowl and stir until blended. Combine milk, water and butter in a small saucepan (or microwave safe bowl).  Heat until very warm but not hot to the touch  (120° to 130°F.  Butter won’t melt completely). Add to flour mixture.

Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add 1/4 cup flour; beat 2 minutes at high speed. Stir in just enough remaining flour so that the dough will form into a ball.

Knead  on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic and springs back when lightly pressed with 2 fingers, about 6 to 8 minutes. Cover with a towel; let rest for 10 minutes.

Cut dough into 12 equal pieces; shape into balls using your hands. Place in greased  8-inch round or square pan.  Cover with towel; let rise in warm place  until doubled in size, about 30 minutes .

Bake in preheated 375ºF oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan by running a knife around the edges and invert onto wire rack; brush with additional melted butter, if desired. Serve warm.

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