Thursday, November 3, 2011

Old Fashioned Dinner Rolls

My husband, despite being north of 35 years old, still eats like a teenager. It wouldn't be uncommon for him to eat 3 or 4 pieces of lasagna at dinner and then wander around the kitchen a few hours later looking for a snack. I'd be concerned, but the man is on the thin side and has a clean bill of heath. So instead I'm just jealous I don't share his metabolism.

I began making dinner rolls as a way to stretch the grocery budget while keeping my husband full. Dinner rolls are inexpensive and filling. The only problem was, I couldn't find them in the stores. I'm not exactly sure when or why the dinner roll became an extinct species. But it encouraged me to make my own.

I've tried at least a dozen different roll recipes. This is my husband's favorite. It's made in the bread machine, but is easily adapted to a stand mixer.


1 c water
2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1 egg
3 1/4 c bread flour
1/4 c sugar
1 tsp salt
3 tsp bread machine yeast
2 tbsp melted butter

1. Place ingredients (except melted butter) in your bread machine according to the manufacturer's instructions.

2. Run dough cycle. When complete, remove dough from machine and rest on a lightly floured surface. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let sit for 10 minutes.

3. Lightly grease a 9 x 13 glass baking dish. Divide dough into 15 equal pieces and roll into balls. Place balls in glass baking dish. Cover and place in a warm place to rise for about 40 minutes, or until doubled.

4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake rolls for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Brush tops with melted butter.

Source: Betty Crocker's Best Bread Machine Cookbook


  1. Thanks for sharing. I love making bread and always looking for recipes I can use my bread machine. These sound yummy.

  2. This sounds great, I'll give it a try-thanks:@)

  3. Why do guys always have it so easy? I am a HUGE roll lover! These look delicious.

  4. I can't blame your husband - these look SOOOOOOO good !
    Mary x

  5. These rolls look wonderful! I'm a bread lover!

  6. Your rolls look WAY better than any found at the store! I wish I had your hubby's metabolism too :).

    I'm loving your blog!


  7. I'm jealous of your husband! I'm always looking for a snack after dinner!
    Anyway, those rolls look wonderful. I have to pull out my bread machine and get baking. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  8. Going to try this for sure!


  9. How can I convert this to a stand mixer recipe? I have never converted but I really would like to try to make these!

    Thank you!

  10. @Katie-- I have not tried this recipe in a stand mixer but have converted others. I always start by proofing the yeast. Take the cup of water (shoot for it to be about 110 degrees) and pour it into your mixer bowl. Sprinkle yeast on top and stir. Add in the sugar. Leave this for 10 minutes. You should see your yeast get all foamy. If not, toss it and start again. Otherwise, add all the remaining ingredients except the melted butter. Stir together using the dough hook. Turn your mixer speed to 2 and knead the dough with the hook for about 2-4 minutes. Let the dough rise in a warm place for about an hour, or until doubled. Proceed with step 3.

    I hope this has helped. If anyone has a question, leave a comment or shoot me an email!

  11. I was searching all around for something like this yesterday! I will be trying this, thanks.

  12. My husband is the exact same way! I feel like he is eating all evening. Can't wait to give these a try, they look amazing!

  13. Yummy dinner rolls...super tempting

  14. Tried these last night. They were SO GOOD! My kids had asked for pillsbury rolls for Thanksgiving, but now they want these. They're wonderful and so easy!


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