Baking homemade dinner rolls from scratch is not hard to do and it is so incredibly worth it!
My husband will often ask me to make these rolls just for the heck of it. They are great for with dinner, but they are also nice to snack on in the afternoon. Just smear on a little homemade jam and you’ll be in heaven.
To Make Homemade Dinner Rolls You Will Need:
- bread flour
- instant yeast
- sea salt
- extra virgin olive oil
- warm water
- electric mixer with dough hook and bowl
- baking sheet
- parchment paper
- tea towel
- dish of milk
- pastry brush
- cooling rack
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Watch Me Make These Homemade Dinner Rolls
How to Make these Dinner Rolls from Scratch
I like to make this bread dough in my electric mixer, simply because it makes my life easier. If you want, you could mix the ingredients in a mixing bowl and knead the dough by hand. That is always an option as well.
To begin, I simply combine bread flour, salt, yeast, extra virgin olive oil, honey, egg, and warm water in my electric mixer that is fitted with a dough hook.
I run my mixer for 10 minutes to work the dough. If the dough is sticky, I will add small amounts of additional flour, just a little at a time, until a nice, soft dough forms.
Once the dough has been well mixed, I cover it and let it sit for 20-40 minutes, or until it is doubled in size. How long this takes will depend upon how warm your kitchen is.
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Once the dough has risen, I will turn it out onto a floured surface.
I cut the dough into about 12 equal sized portions, about the size of a plum.
Take a portion and flatten it out a little, then fold the edges down, pinching them together on the bottom and forming a smooth top. (Watch how I do this in the video!)
Place the portion of dough on a baking sheet that is lined with a sheet of parchment paper, smooth side up.
Leave an inch or so in between the rolls, giving them space to rise.
Cover the baking sheet with a light, clean tea towel, and allow them to rise for 30-40 minutes, or until they are doubled in size.
When they are nearly ready, heat your oven to 350 degrees.
Brush the tops of the rolls with a little milk.
Bake the rolls for 18-19 minutes, or until they are nice and golden.
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Just look at these beauties!
Transfer the rolls onto a cooling rack and let them cool for a few minutes. These rolls can be served warm or at room temperature.
Can I Freeze these Dinner Rolls?
Yes! These rolls freeze very well. Simply allow them to cool completely and then place them on a baking sheet. Place the whole sheet in the freezer.
Once the rolls are frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag and pop them back into the freezer.
KITCHEN TIP! I use the bread for these rolls as a universal bread dough. This can be used to make two loaves of bread (8×5″ pans), cinnamon rolls, hamburger buns…you name it!
The Best Homemade Dinner Rolls from Scratch (with Baking Video)
- 3 1/2 c unbleached bread flour, divided use (additional needed for working dough)
- 1/4 c honey
- 1 1/2 Tb extra virgin olive oil
- 2 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
- 1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 1 c + 1 Tb warm water, about 110 – 120 degrees.
- 2 Tb milk
- To begin, combine 3 cups of the bread flour and all of the remaining ingredients in the bowl of your electric mixer.
- Using the dough hook attachment, begin mixing the ingredients. As the dough mixes, add small amounts of additional flour as needed to form a soft dough.
- Let the mixer run on low speed for 10 minutes.
- Cover the bowl and allow the dough to rise for 20-40 minutes, or until it has doubled in size.
- Sprinkle a little flour on your counter or working surface.
- Turn the dough out onto the floured surface and form a nice ball.
- Using a dough knife or other cutting tool, divide the dough into 12 equally sized portions. Each will be about the size of a plum.
- Take a portion and flatten it out a little, then fold the edges down, pinching them together on the bottom and forming a smooth top. (Watch how I do this in the video!)
- Place the portion of dough on a baking sheet that is lined with a sheet of parchment paper, smooth side up.
- Leave an inch or so in between the rolls, giving them space to rise.
- Cover the baking sheet with a light, clean tea towel and allow them to rise for 30-40 minutes, or until they are doubled in size.
- When they are nearly ready, heat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Brush the tops of the rolls with a little milk using a pastry brush.
- Bake the rolls for 18-19 minutes, or until they are nice and golden.
- Transfer the rolls onto a cooling rack and let them cool for a few minutes. These rolls can be served warm or at room temperature.
Nutritional information is auto-generated and the accuracy is not guaranteed.