Soft, fluffy dinner rolls are simple to make from scratch and perfect to serve alongside any meal. Who can resist warm yeast rolls, fresh from the oven? Brush warm rolls with melted butter just before serving.
Dinner Rolls Ingredients
You’ll only need a few pantry staple ingredients for this recipe:
Of course, bread needs flour. Use all-purpose flour for the best results.
This recipe calls for Active dry yeast, which is what we recommend you use. However, you can use active yeast, you’ll just have to follow the directions on the package. Whatever yeast you use, make sure it’s not expired or else the dough won’t rise.
Two tablespoons of sugar is all you need to add sweetness.
Salt adds a touch of flavor.
Warm milk will activate the yeast, moisten the dough, and keep it soft while it bakes.
Butter adds a rich flavor to the rolls.
How to Make Dinner Rolls
You’ll find the full, step-by-step recipe below, but here’s what you can expect when making dinner rolls from scratch:
Make the Dough
Combine flour, sugar, undissolved yeast, salt, warm milk, water, and butter in a bowl. Beat with an electric mixer, adding more flour as needed, for a few minutes. Continuously scrape down the sides.
Knead the Dough
Turn the dough out onto a floured and knead until smooth and elastic.
Let the Dough Rise
Cover and let the dough rise. This should only take 10 minutes if you’re using fast-acting instant yeast (like Fleischmann’s RapidRise Yeast)
Shape the Dough
Cut and shape the dough into rolls and place on a greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise in a warm place until the rolls have doubled in size.
Bake the proofed rolls until golden brown. Brush with melted butter and serve warm.
Combine 3/4 cup flour, sugar, undissolved yeast, and salt in a large bowl.
Heat milk, water, and 2 tablespoons butter in a saucepan until very warm
Add warm milk mixture to the flour mixture. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed of an electric mixer, scraping the bowl occasionally. Add 1/4 cup flour; beat for 2 minutes at high speed. Stir in enough remaining flour to make soft dough.
Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cover; let rest for 10 minutes.
Divide dough into 12 equal pieces.
Shape pieces into balls and place in a greased 8-inch round pan. Cover and let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C.
Bake rolls in the preheated oven until golden brown on top, about 20 minutes. Serve warm.