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These are the softest, fluffiest yeast rolls I have ever made. An easy to make recipe for dinner rolls perfect for any occasion.

YEAST ROLL RECIPE

Who can resist a warm dinner roll fresh from the oven? Definitely not me, nor anybody in my family.

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I am usually into making German style bread rolls when making homemade buns, but these easy yeast rolls, American style, have definitely made it into our list of regulars when it comes to bread.

The homemade dinner rolls are just that good: soft and fluffy, light and airy, perfect with a stew, a soup or just with some butter and maybe jam in the morning…

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WHAT ARE YEAST ROLLS?

Rolls are small loaves of bread served as a side dish for soups or saucy dishes or at breakfast with butter, jam or cheese.

There is, however, a difference between the typical bread roll we know in Germany or Europe and the American style dinner rolls. The German/European bread rolls can be made with plain white flour, but often whole wheat, rye or spelt flour can be used instead.

In Germany we do love plain Brötchen, Mehrkornbrötchen – rolls with several types of seeds, Roggenbrötchen – rye rolls or pretzel rolls.

These kind of Brötchen or rolls come in different degrees of lightness or denseness, they are sometimes light and sometimes dark in color, depending on the kind of flour or flour mixture used. They are “bready”, if that is a word I can use, they are smaller, crustier versions of a loaf of bread. They are all amazing!

However, I was never able to buy a roll similar to the American style dinner rolls. We do have the Milchbrötchen – milk rolls, which have a similar texture as the dinner rolls, but they are sweeter, they are more like a snack or a dessert, I could not imagine eating them as an accompaniment for a savory dish.

These American homemade dinner rolls are everything I expected them to be: soft bread rolls, light and only very slightly sweetened, perfect to mop up any sauce on your plate and also perfect to enjoy with a little butter and jam.

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HOW TO MAKE YEAST ROLLS?

Making this dinner roll recipe with yeast is actually easier than you might think. You can make the recipe with the help of a stand mixer or hand held mixer fitted withdough hooks or you can knead the dough by hand, either way it will all go fairly quickly.

  • Heat the milk until lukewarm. The milk should not get hot, otherwise it will destroy the yeast.
  • Pour the milk, yeast and granulated sugar to a large bowl, either a regular bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Stir shortly.
  • Add the soft butter and the lightly beaten eggs. Mix well either with the kneading attachments of the stand mixer or with a hand held mixer fitted with dough hooks. If not using a machine, stir well with a wooden spoon until the ingredients are mixed.
  • Add the flour and the salt to the bowl and mix with the dough hooks until the dough starts pulling away from the sides of the bowl.
  • If making the dough without a machine, stir in about half of the flour using a wooden spoon. Start adding the remaining flour, stirring with the spoon for as long as possible. When the dough becomes too sturdy to stir, give it to the working surface and knead it with the hands until the dough is only slightly sticky and still soft.
  • You could add 1 or 2 tablespoons extra flour, if necessary, but keep in mind that the dough should remain soft.
  • Let the dough rise for 1 hour and 30 minutes in a warm place, it should double in size.
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  • Lightly grease a large baking tray. Punch down the dough and form the rolls, I had 24 rolls which fitted perfectly into my baking tray. Place them on the tray leaving a little space between them.
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  • Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise for another hour.
  • In the meantime, preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • When the dinner rolls are properly risen, they will come together, touching each other on the tray. However, it will be very easy (and fun) to pull them apart when serving.
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  • Bake the easy yeast rolls for12 to 14 minutes, until nicely golden. Take them out of the oven and brush them immediately with 1 tablespoon melted (or very soft) butter.

HOW TO STORE YEAST ROLLS?

Once baked, the yeast dinner rolls can be served immediately.

If not served hot, let them rest on the tray for about 10 minutes, then transfer them to wire racks to cool completely.

Keep stored in plastic bags or wrapped in foil at room temperature, they should keep for about 3-4 days.

The homemade yeast rolls should not be refrigerated as they will become stale quicker than at room temperature.

You can heat them up in the oven before serving again, if you wish. It’s not mandatory, but nice, if they are warm.

However, we had absolutely no issues serving the leftovers for breakfast without warming them up, they were still great!

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CAN YOU FREEZE YEAST ROLLS?

You can refrigerate the easy yeast rolls after shaping them into rolls, for up to 24 hours. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking.

You can also freeze the homemade dinner rolls after shaping them. Let them thaw and rise before baking, this will take 1 – 2 hours at room temperature, depending on the temperature in your kitchen.

You can also freeze the homemade dinner rolls after baking them. Let them cool down completely, place them in freezer bags or wrap them in aluminum foil and freeze them. They will keep for at least 3 months.

When ready to use, remove the aluminum foil or take the rolls out of the freezer bags, if you leave them wrapped they will become soggy. Let thaw at room temperature for 1-2 hours or until soft.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Loosely wrap 4-6 dinner rolls in a single layer in a large piece of aluminum foil and reheat for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.

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HOW TO SERVE DINNER ROLLS?

As mentioned above the easy yeast rolls can be served hot, warm or cold.

You can have them for breakfast with butter, jam, cheese and so on. Split them in half by breaking them with your hands (it’s so easy, using a knife is pointless).

Or you can have the homemade dinner rolls as a accompaniment for soups, anything with gravy – like a nice beef roast with gravy, saucy dishes like meatballs in tomato sauce, pork stew or Hungarian goulash.

Last time I’ve made them we had themwith something similar to this French beef stew. And the leftovers with these beautiful eggplants in tomato sauce.

Or you can make pulled pork sandwiches – so good!!! Or make sloppy Joes, I’ve never had those, but they look amazing and these homemade dinner rolls would be perfect for them.

Source: The Stay at Home Chef

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Homemade Yeast Rolls

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 14 minutes

These are the softest, fluffiest yeast rolls I have ever made. An easy to make recipe for dinner rolls perfect for any occasion.

Ingredients

  • 480 ml/ 16.2 fl.oz/ 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons instant dry yeast
  • 50 g/ 1.7 oz/ ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 80 g/ 2.8 oz/ 1/3 cup unsalted butter, soft + 1 extra tablespoon butter for brushing
  • 2 eggs (medium Germany, large US)
  • 750 g/ 1.7 lbs / 6 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons fine sea salt

Instructions

  1. Heat the milk until lukewarm. Don't overheat the milk or it will spoil the yeast.
  2. Pour the lukewarm milk, active dry yeast and granulated sugar to a large bowl (or the stand mixer bowl). Add the soft butter and the lightly beaten eggs. Mix
    well either with the kneading attachments of the stand mixer or with a hand held mixer fitted with dough hooks.
  3. If not using a machine, stir well with a wooden spoon until the ingredients are mixed.
  4. Add the flour and the salt to the bowl and mix with the dough hooks until the dough starts pulling away from the sides of the bowl.
  5. If making the dough without a machine, stir in about half of the flour using a wooden spoon. Start adding the remaining flour, stirring with the spoon for as long as possible. When the dough becomes too sturdy to stir, turn it on the lightly floured working surface and knead with the hands until the dough is only slightly sticky and still soft.
  6. You could add 1 or 2 tablespoons extra flour, if necessary, but keep in mind that the dough should remain soft.
  7. Place the dough in a clean bowl, cover with a kitchen towel and let the dough rise for 1 hour and 30 minutes in a warm place, it should double in size.
  8. Lightly grease a large baking tray of about 30x40 cm/12x16 inches. Punch down
    the dough. Form 24 rolls. Place them on the baking tray leaving a little space between them. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise for another hour.
  9. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  10. When the rolls are nicely risen, they will come together, touching each other on the tray. Bake the easy yeast rolls for 12 to 14 minutes, until nicely golden.
  11. Take them out of the oven and brush them immediately with 1 tablespoon melted (or very soft) butter.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 yeast roll
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 168 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 25mg Sodium: 195mg Carbohydrates: 27g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 5g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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4 comments

angiesrecipes 19/12/2018 - 13:02

They look so nicely golden, soft and yummy :-))

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Thao @ In Good Flavor 22/12/2018 - 23:48

These rolls look incredibly soft and fluffy!! If I had not spent the last two hours in the kitchen baking, I would want to go into my kitchen to whip up some of these right now. Definitely have to try these! Pinning. Happy Holidays Adina!!

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Ambreen Wajid 23/12/2018 - 07:46

Oh gosh! These rolls look absolutely perfect and fluffy! Can’t wait to add these to my dinner!

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tanzeela fawad 13/11/2019 - 17:05

Looks wonderful and the shape is so interesting. I can imagine how good it tastes! That’s my kind of recipe! I go weak in the knees for anything these delicious recipe and this is one of my kind. 🙂

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