These easy dinner rolls are amazingly delicious! Eat them fresh and warm from the oven or make them ahead for dinner and pull them out when needed! This is simply one of the best dinner roll recipes and it can be changed up so easily! You can add fresh herbs, like rosemary to give them even more flavor! So whether you are keeping them super simple with the hint of honey or making them into rosemary dinner rolls- you and your family won’t regret making these!
Oh and did I mention they are super easy to make? Seriously, just get the yeast going, mix all the other ingredients. Combine yeast with the other ingredients, knead and the let rise twice! You can even make these into loafs or large bread bowls- just alter the shape and baking time a little and there you go! Filling this bread with a yummy stew like my green chile stew would be amazing!
On the second rise, after shaping the rolls, make sure you let them rise close to each other. If they don’t rise to the point where they are touching after ~50 minutes, go ahead and gently push them together just so the edges lightly touch before popping them in the oven. This will allow them to grow and touch as they bake and then when you pull them out of the oven you can pull them apart easily and expose their super soft sides.
You can then brush the tops with a little melted butter, which will give them a beautiful shine and then you have amazingly delicious butter dinner rolls! Seriously, that easy! Honestly though, the rolls don’t even need that and you can see in the pictures that I skipped the butter and then just enjoyed them with my meal!
If you make these into bread bowls, I wouldn’t let them touch on the baking sheet, that way the entire bowl will get a nice crust and hold any soup or stew you pour into them.
These were fun to make and did take a few batches before I was happy with the result. I even got advice from my amazingly talented friend who went to culinary school. She helped me understand things like the texture and knowing how to tell if the yeast developed enough. It was a lot of fun and I sure learned a lot about bread!
Anyways, I hope you enjoy these rolls as much as I did! They sure make the house smell good and it’s hard to wait for them cool before diving into one!
Best Easy Dinner Roll Recipe
- 1 package dry yeast regular rise
- 1 ¾ cup milk warm, divided
- 1 tbs salt
- ¼ c butter melted
- ½ cup honey
- 4 cups bread flour
- 2 cups white flour
- 1 egg
- 2 tsps fresh rosemary chopped (optional)
Combine active dry yeast with ¼ cup warm milk. Make sure the milk isn’t hotter than 110°F or else it will kill the yeast and you won’t get a rise. Let mixture sit for ~5 minutes. It should get bubbly and a thick layer of foam will appear, that is a sign the yeast is working!
While the yeast is activating, combine in a large mixing bowl the salt, remaining milk, butter, honey, flour, egg, and rosemary if using.
Add yeast mixture to flour mixture and combine.
After combining knead dough on a clean surface for ~10 minutes or until the gluten is developed enough and you get the window pane effect.* If you have an upright mixture with a dough attachment you can use that to knead the dough and will make your job even easier!
Once kneaded, form dough into a large ball and return to mixing bowl. Cover lightly and let rise for ~50 minutes in a warm place. Depending on how warm or cold your house is will affect how much the dough rises.
After ~50 minutes, punch the dough back down. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Divide the dough into 12 rolls, pinching and folding the dough over itself to make a smooth round top. Place the rolls almost touching on the baking sheet.* Cover lightly and let rise for ~50 minutes.
Bake in oven preheated to 350°F for ~25 minutes or until golden brown on top. You can top with some melted butter to give a nice shine!
*The window pane effect is where you stretch the dough apart and if it doesn’t tear, but allows light to pass through then the gluten is develop enough!
*If they don’t rise, during the second rise, to the point where they are touching after ~50 minutes, go ahead and gently push them together just so the edges lightly touch before popping them in the oven.