These are my favorite homemade soft dinner rolls. They're really easy to make, and the flavor is reminiscent of a traditional holiday meal. They are baked in 8 inch round cake pans, which help keep them extra soft. I've never managed to have any leftovers of these, but I'm pretty sure they would also make excellent buns for turkey sandwiches.
Pull-Apart Buttery Dinner Rolls
Makes 16 rolls - adapted from King Arthur Flour
14 3/4 ounces unbleached all purpose flour
2 tsp instant yeast
3/4 ounces potato flour or potato flakes
3/4 ounces nonfat dry milk
2 T sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 ounces of soft butter
2/3 C lukewarm water (about 100 degrees)
1/2 C lukewarm milk
Melted butter for brushing on top
- Place all of the dough ingredients into the bowl of a stand mixer and stir until the ingredients are moistened.
- Knead the dough with the dough hook until you get a soft dough, about seven minutes. Alternatively, you can knead by hand or by bread machine.
- Put the dough into an oiled bowl or dough rising bucket and cover with plastic wrap. Set aside to rise until doubled, approximately 60 to 90 minutes.
- Remove the dough from the bowl/bucket and press down gently to deflate.
- Divide the dough into 16 equal pieces (a scale is really helpful here) and round them into balls by cupping the dough under your hand and rolling it around. Here is a pretty good demo of the process....
- Butter or spray two 8 inch round cake pans, evenly place 8 rolls in each pan, and cover the pans with with plastic wrap.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and let the rolls rise until they are puffy and are touching each other. This should take 60 to 90 minutes.
- Bake the rolls for 24 minutes, or until golden and reach an internal temperature of 190 degrees F.
- Remove the pans from the oven and brush the rolls generously with melted butter. Let them sit for two minutes and then remove them from the pan and place them on a cooling rack.
You can also make and form the rolls, let them rise about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way, and freeze the partially risen dough in advance. The night before you plan to bake them, move them to the refrigerator. When it's time to bake, remove the shaped rolls from the refrigerator, preheat the oven, and bake - possibly a little bit longer than the original recipe.
Are you unsure about baking your own dinner rolls? Don't be. Do a practice run with this recipe. It works. I promise.
Submitted to Yeastspotting.