While growing up, dinner rolls were an important part of most meals. These rolls are soft, sweet, traditional dinner rolls that are commonly served in the United States. They are a favorite roll to serve alongside of chicken or roast beef dinners.
- 1 cup milk (room temperature)
- 1/2 cup water (warm, 95 to 110 degrees F)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2-1/4 tsp/1 pkg/1/4 oz. yeast (active dry)
- 2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup/1 stick butter (soft)
- 4 cups flour (all-purpose)
- In a large bowl, add milk, warm water, sugar, yeast, and salt. Stir until the sugar and yeast is dissolved. Add the soft butter and 2 cups of flour. Mix well. Slowly add in the remaining amount of flour until the dough is formed and you cannot mix it with a spoon. You may or may not use the full amount of flour.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Knead the dough for about 8 minutes, adding more flour by the tablespoon, if necessary. When the dough is smooth and no longer sticky, grease a large bowl. Put the dough into the bowl and then turn the dough over so that the top of the dough is also lightly greased. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel or wax paper and let the dough rise in a warm, draft-free place until it is doubled in size or about 1 hour.
- Punch down the dough with your hand. Turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead out all the bubbles for about 5 minutes. Divide the dough into 15 equal parts. Form each piece into a round roll. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease 2 baking sheets. Set the rolls on the baking sheets, cover with clean kitchen towel or wax paper, and allow them to rise until doubled in size or for about a half hour. If desired, beat the white of one large egg with a tablespoon of water in a small bowl. Brush the egg white on top of rolls after they have risen to give them a shiny gloss.
- Bake the rolls for about 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove them from the oven and let them cool on a rack. The rolls can be frozen after they have completely cooled.
Learn how to make braided rolls with these pictured instructions.
Learn how to make swirl rolls with these pictured instructions.
Keep yeast stored in an airtight container and in the refrigerator. Heat, moisture, and air kills the yeast and prevents bread dough from rising.
Store flour properly to keep it from spoiling.