Who doesn't love homemade dinner rolls with their yeasty aroma and soft, inviting texture? Honey and buttermilk team up to add extra flavor and texture to these scrumptious rolls.
The buttermilk rolls can be baked in whatever shape you like. Use muffin cups, baking sheets, or baking pans for the rolls. Like most breads, these rolls freeze beautifully. Just wrap and freeze in freezer bags and take a few out when you need them.
- 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (25 ounces)
- 2 cups buttermilk (16 ounces)
- 1 tablespoon instant yeast
- 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons butter (softened)
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon water
- In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the all-purpose flour, instant yeast, honey, salt, buttermilk, and butter. Mix the ingredients by hand or with the dough hook until well combined. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat for about 10 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic. Alternatively, move the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead by hand for about 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic. Sprinkle with small amounts of flour to keep the dough from sticking as you knead.
- Put the dough in a large, generously buttered bowl and turn so all sides of the dough are lightly coated with the butter. Sprinkle with a little flour, cover with plastic wrap, and let the dough rise in a warm, draft-free place for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. It should be about double in bulk.
- Take the dough out to a lightly floured surface, knead a few times, and then shape as desired. For pan rolls, shape into 24 tautly formed balls. Line the rolls up evenly in a lightly buttered 13x9x2-inch baking pan. There will be a little space between the rows. Alternatively, after dividing the dough into 24 pieces, divide each piece into 3 pieces, roll into balls, and put 3 balls in each of 24 muffin cups.
- See Fine Cooking's instructions for shaping dough balls for dinner rolls.
- Cover the pan(s) with a tea towel and let the dough rise for about 30 to 45 minutes, or until the dough has doubled in bulk.
- Preheat the oven to 375 F.
- Remove the tea towel from the rolls.
- Combine the egg with 1 tablespoon of water and whisk to blend.
- Gently brush the tops of the rolls with egg wash, then sprinkle with poppy seeds or sesame seeds, if using.
- Bake the rolls for about 18 to 22 minutes, or until nicely browned. The inside temperature should register around 185° F to 190° F.
- The egg wash with a whole egg makes the tops shiny while keeping them soft. If you want a crustier top, whisk an egg white with the water.
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