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How To Make Homemade Rolls From Scratch: Yeast Roll Recipe

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How To Make Homemade Rolls From Scratch: Mom’s Recipe

Want to make amazing dinner rolls at home? Some of the best recipes are those passed down from generation to generation and this is one of those.  I have grown up eating these as well as making them. A neighbor taught my mother how to make them before I was born, and I learned how to make them when I was a very young sous chef.

There is a certain wow factor to homemade rolls. People are always impressed, appreciative, and asking when you will be making them again.

I do not know why people think it is so difficult or complicated to make bread or rolls. Homemade bread and homemade rolls are not nearly as hard to make as you might think. I guess I am lucky, because I grew up in the kitchen with a mother who is an incredible baker and cook, so my training was hands on.

The main thing rolls require is time, but the process itself is pretty simple. The only ingredient you need to have on hand that you might not ordinarily keep is dry yeast, and I just keep packets on hand just to make rolls. The other ingredients are simple and you probably keep them on hand. The two parts that scare people are not knowing how much flour to add to the dough, and not knowing how to properly shaped roll. (Do improperly shaped rolls taste different from properly shaped rolls?) Once you make these and see how easy they are to make, and especially how popular they are, you will want to make homemade rolls on every occasion you can. You will be asked, even if you don’t. Trust me.

They really are some of the best things I know how to make, even though they are admittedly pretty simple. I’ve probably made them 200 times, so this recipe has been well tested and tried (and this does not count the ones my mother makes)

You can also make homemade hamburger buns (or awesome chicken sandwich buns) and homemade cinnamon rolls using this base recipe. I hope to add a post soon with the cinnamon roll recipe. My kids will assure you they are equally, if not more, amazing.

Supplies and Ingredients You Need To Make Homemade Rolls:

 

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Supplies:

Mixing Bowl

Electric mixer or whisk plus some patience

2 Cookie Sheets or large rectangular baking dish

Measuring Cups

Measuring Spoons

Pastry Brush (optional)

 

Ingredients/Recipe for Homemade Rolls:

3/4 cup warm water

2 Tablespoons sugar

2 packages yeast (rapid rise is fine, just cuts rising times)

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

2 cups very warm water

1 teaspoon salt

8 to 9 cups flour

Cooking oil

2 Tablespoons butter, softened, or shortening

 

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These are the ingredients you need to make homemade yeast rolls. (Salt not pictured)

 

Step One:

Mix 3/4 cups water, 2 tablespoons of sugar and 2 packages of yeast in a container that will hold at least double that amount. Set aside.

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How To Make Homemade Rolls: Step One – Add yeast, water and sugar, then set aside

Step Two:

Cream butter and sugar. Add 2 eggs, 2 cups of water, salt and 3 1/2 cups flour. Beat at low speed until mixed, then at high speed for 3 minutes. Add yeast mixture and 2 more cups of flour. Mix for 2 more minutes. Add one more cup of flour if needed for workable dough. (This just means the dough needs not to be too sticky. If it still sticks to your hands more than a little bit, add more flour) Knead for five minutes, adding flour to working surface as needed to prevent sticking.

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How To Make Homemade Rolls- Step Two: Cream butter and sugar. Add 3 1/2 cups flour.
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How To Make Homemade Rolls- Step Two: Add two cups of water
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How to Make Homemade Rolls- Step 2: Beat at low speed until mixed, then at high speed for 3 minutes.
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Note: Your yeast will look like this after it has been set aside. The yeast mixture should foam up like this and double in volume.
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How To Make Homemade Rolls- Step 2: Add the yeast mixture and 2 more cups of flour.
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Add one more cup of flour if needed for workable dough. Now, I know workable dough is not something everyone is familiar with. Don’t be afraid. This recipe is a little bit forgiving here. You will know if the dough is too sticky, and you will learn to get it just right. Meanwhile, the rolls will taste about the same if you add a little too much or not quite enough.

 

Step 3:

Oil large mixing bowl. Make a ball with the dough and roll it in the oil in the bowl to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and warm, damp, dish towel. Set on pilot light or in warm spot. If you have a larger bowl, you can fill it with warm water and place this bowl inside. Filling the sink with warm water and setting the bowl in there will also work great. Let rise one hour.

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How to Make Homemade Rolls- Step 3: Oil large mixing bowl. Make a ball with the dough and roll it in the oil in the bowl to coat.
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How to Make Homemade Rolls- Step 3: Cover with plastic wrap and warm, damp, dish towel. Set on pilot light or in warm spot. If you have a larger bowl, you can fill it with warm water and place this bowl inside. Filling the sink with warm water and setting the bowl in there will also work great.
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How to Make Homemade Rolls- Step 3: Let Rise One hour. Your dough will double in volume like this.

Step 4:

Grease cookie sheets with your softened butter or shortening.

Cut dough with scissors for desired shape of rolls or buns. If dough is stretched over fingers and tucked under the roll, the tops will be smooth. L

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Use softened butter or crisco to grease a cookie sheet.

 

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Using kitchen shears, clip off a piece of dough about this size. You can use a smaller piece or a larger one for buns, but this size will make the rolls that are pictured.
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Pick up the piece you just cut. It is helpful here if you still have some of the butter on your hands from when you greased the cookie sheet.
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You are going to use one hand to hold the cut piece of dough.
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Ue your other hand to tuck two opposite side under. (I am using one only so I could photograph this)
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Then, tuck the other two opposite sides under. Your roll should be round or at least somewhat round. Smooth tops will make smooth rolls, but they will taste just as good if they are not perfectly shaped. (Imperfectly shaped rolls make the best testers when they come out of the oven)
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Place your somewhat perfectly shaped rolls on the greased cookie sheet and space them a bit, as they will rise and get bigger.

 

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Cover your pan with the shaped rolls, spacing them out so they can rise. If they are a bit close, it will be fine. They pull apart easily and will still look and taste great.

Step 5:

Cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

 

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Cover you rolls loosely with plastic wrap.Let them rise for 45 minutes to one hour.
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After they have risen, they will look something like this.

Step 6:

Bake at 400 degrees for 18 minutes.

While rolls are still warm, brush tops with melted butter, using a pastry brush.

For homemade wheat dinner rolls, substitute 2 cups whole wheat flour for 2 of the cups of flour. Not recommended to use all wheat flour.

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What do you think?

I am hoping that the pictures I took and the instructions clearly show you how to make these great rolls. Please talk to us in the comments if you have any questions or feedback. I would love to hear how yours turn out. Good luck!

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      Hi there Heather,

      We’ve never made ours with Whole Wheat Flour before -we’ve had great results from just using the old fashioned stuff. Try it and let us know what you think…

      Thanks for your comment!

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