My sweet dinner roll recipe came from my sweet friend Megan (over 10 years ago). I made few small changes to it, but the recipe is super easy and YUMMY. When I tell you my kids love these… Reese would eat a whole dozen if I let her (in one day).
The recipe will make enough dough for about 36 rolls. I split the dough into 3 and only make / bake dozen at the time. I refrigerate extra dough and use within 2 days. You can probably also freeze it too.
- 3/4 cup of whole milk
- 1/2 cup butter flavored shortening
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- 2 tsp of salt
- 1/2 cup of WARM water (105-110 degrees)
- 1 package of yeast
- 1 egg
- 4 cups of flour (I use King Arthur’s All Purpose Flour)
- melted butter for the muffin tin and rolls (1/4 stick)
- scald milk, then combine in large mixing bowl (I use the bowl of the stand mixer) with shortening, sugar and salt
- while that’s sitting, dissolve yeast in warm water , blend in the egg with a fork
- add yeast mixture to the milk /shortening bowl, combine
- using stand up mixer add flour, one cup at a time
THESE NEXT STEPS ARE IMPORTANT
- Cover the bowl with a cloth / kitchen towel and store in the fridge for at least 2 hours
- Remove from the fridge and knead using the hook attachment of your stand mixer for 5 minutes – I always set the timer
- Melt the butter, using a silicone brush (or any you have) brush the butter all over the muffin tin (make sure to get the sides too to prevent sticking)
- The dough is ready – I make tiny balls (around 1/2 inch in diameter) and place 3-4 into each section of the buttered muffin tin. It will give the rolls the pull apart texture.
- Brush the rolls with melted butter.
- Cover the muffin tin with a cloth, let them rest for 1 to 1.5 hours in a warm place. You want the rolls to rise. I struggled finding “a warm place” in my kitchen. Sometimes I will place the rolls on the stove top and I will have a large pot of water simmering next to it to create that warm environment. NOTE the rolls are not on the heat just near it if that makes sense.
- You can refrigerate the leftover dough or bake it all if you wish.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 12-14 minutes. BAKING TIME WILL VARY.