These One Hour Dinner Rolls are the only dinner roll recipe you need! Soft and fluffy, these buttery rolls are easy enough to make during the week but delicious enough to serve at a holiday meal.
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A good dinner roll recipe is one of my favorite side-dishes. The problem is that so many recipes end up with me being in the kitchen all afternoon and I just don’t have time for that.
Enter: one hour dinner rolls. They’re quick, easy, and more importantly – buttery and delicious. You can cut corners on time without sacrificing quality.
They work perfectly with a weeknight meal but also fit in with a fancier holiday get together.
- Water – liquid is needed to activate your yeast.
- Butter – make sure to bring your butter to room temp so it’s easy to work with!
- Milk – milk will give your bread an added taste and texture profile.
- Flour – a very essential ingredient for bread recipes.
- Salt – salt gives that delicious flavor you look for in a dinner roll!
- Sugar – sugar helps to feed the yeast and tenderize the dough.
- Yeast – instant yeast makes this recipe nice and easy.
TOOLS FOUND ON AMAZON TO HELP YOU
- Thermometer – This thermometer is GREAT for recipes where you need to check the temperatures. It’s super easy to read and can be used for everything from making candy to deep frying.
- Stand mixer – I use my hand mixer for a lot of things, but the KitchenAid is super helpful for bread recipes.
- Pastry brush – Great for “painting” butter on top of baked goods – it makes it so easy.
- Baking dish – A pretty & functional baking dish.
HOW TO MAKE ONE HOUR DINNER ROLLS
STEP ONE: To a large microwave safe bowl, add the water, butter, and milk. Microwave until the temperature reaches 95-115 degrees F. If it’s hotter, allow it to cool to that range before proceeding.
Alternatively, you can do this step on the stove in a saucepan over medium-high heat.
STEP TWO: Stir together 3 1/2 cups of flour, salt, sugar, and instant yeast in a large mixing bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer.
STEP THREE: Add the warm liquid mixture to the flour mixture and knead for 6-8 minutes, until a soft ball forms and pulls clean away from the sides of the bowl. Add the additional cup of flour, as needed.
STEP FOUR: Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap and a clean towel for 15 minutes. Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish and set aside.
STEP FIVE: After 15 minutes, punch down the dough and divide into 12-15 equal sized balls. Place them in the greased casserole dish and re-cover with plastic wrap and the towel for another 15 minutes. While waiting, preheat your oven to 400F.
STEP SIX: Remove the plastic wrap and towel from the baking dish and place the dish in the oven for 15 minutes, until puffed and golden brown on top.
STEP SEVEN: If you’re opting to brush with butter, do so halfway through baking with 1 tablespoon of melted butter and then again once they’re finished baking. Enjoy!
HOW DO I STORE LEFTOVERS?
The best way to store dinner rolls to maximize shelf life is to wrap them in plastic wrap before leaving them on the counter. They will last about 5 days at room temperature when stored properly.
You don’t want to store them in the fridge, however, as they have a chance of drying out that way.
CAN I FREEZE THEM?
Yes! Wrap them with plastic wrap and/or place them in a freezer bag. They will maintain quality for about 3 months, and are safe to eat beyond that time frame as well.
WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE A STAND MIXER?
A stand mixer makes this recipe easiest with either the paddle or dough hook attachment. You can do it by hand as well, but be prepared to use a bit of arm muscle.
DO I HAVE TO USE INSTANT YEAST?
I recommend using yeast as it will give you the best results. It helps your dough rise and gives you the best texture. If you’re in a pinch, you can also use baking soda at a 1:1 ratio, it just won’t rise the dough as much.
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One Hour Dinner Rolls
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup milk I use 2%
- 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour as needed
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon instant yeast
- Additional butter for brushing optional
- To a large microwave safe bowl, add the water, butter, and milk. Heat until the mixture is in the range of 95-110 degrees F. If it is hotter, allow it to cool to that range before proceeding. Alternatively, you can do this step in a saucepan over medium-high heat on the stove.
- To a large mixing bowl, or the bowl of your stand mixer, whisk together 3 1/2 cups of the flour, salt, sugar and instant yeast.
- Add the warm liquid mixture to the flour mixture and knead for 6-8 minutes until a soft ball forms and pulls clean away from the sides of the bowl. Add the additional 1 cup flour, as needed.
- Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap and a clean towel for 15 minutes.
- Spray a 9” x 13” casserole dish with non-stick spray and set aside.
- After 15 minutes, punch down the dough and divide into 12-15 equal sized balls of dough.
- Place the balls of dough in the greased casserole dish and re-cover with plastic wrap and towel for another 15 minutes.
- Preheat your oven to 400F.
- Remove plastic wrap and towel from the casserole dish and place the dish in the oven for 15 minutes, until puffed and golden brown on top.
- If brushing with butter, brush halfway through baking with 1 tablespoon of melted butter and then again after baking.