Let's talk Soft Dinner Rolls
Oh my goodness, it is absolutely impossible to resist these soft, milky bread rolls. We are obsessed with them because we love:
- pillowy soft, fluffy and milky interior
- shiny, buttery and beautifully golden-brown exterior
- they are perfect for breakfast, brunch, side dish, for special occasions, holidays or everyday
- a simple recipe for beginners or advanced cooks
- kids and adults love them
- you can easily store them at room temperature or in a freezer
- feel free to knead them by hand or using a stand mixer
How to store and freeze Soft Dinner Rolls
You can store these delicious Soft Dinner Rolls in two ways.
Store any leftovers at room temperature, in a bread bag or airtight container, for up to 2 days. They are best eaten the same day.
Feel free to make these delicious homemade bread rolls ahead of time and store them in the freezer. Place in freezer bags or an airtight container. Store in the freezer for up to 1 month. Before serving, defrost by placing on the kitchen counter or microwave them in intervals for a couple of seconds.
Tips and tricks on how to make the best homemade Soft Dinner Rolls
How do I know when my dinner rolls are ready to hit the oven? The most important thing is to check the expiration date on the yeast packaging before using it. If the date is okay, use it.
After combining the lukewarm milk and yeast, the yeast needs to react in the first 5 minutes, if nothing changes, the yeast isn't active. It's also important that the dinner rolls double in size after proofing. Check the photo above and the recipe video below to see the difference.
A simple trick that always works: Place a rubber band around the bowl where you have your dough. Make sure the rubber band is positioned on the same level as the dough before proofing. That way, you can check it later to see if it has doubled in size.
How to shape the perfect little bread rolls? Try to divide the dough into 12 even pieces. Feel free to use a scale too. Arrange the shaped bread rolls in a baking dish, leaving about 1-inch or 2 cm space between the rolls. After proofing, the dough will double in size, resulting in delicious, perfectly shaped dinner rolls. They will continue to rise while baking in the oven. It's essential that these dinner rolls are baked tightly together to ensure the softness and fluffiness of the bread.
How to bake these dinner rolls? Use a conventional oven for this recipe. Fan-assisted or convection ovens would dry out the dough and make the bread rolls crunchy with a thicker crust, which is not what we want in this recipe. Also, these bread rolls are baked at a lower temperature than you would traditionally bake bread, which will help us get that soft, golden-brown exterior.
How do you get that beautiful shiny exterior? Yum, that shiny exterior is a real show-stopper. Gently brush your warm dinner rolls with melted butter to get that beautiful, shiny exterior with a delicious buttery flavor.
How to prevent the bread rolls from drying out? The easiest way to prevent the bread rolls from drying out is to eat them as soon as possible and, of course, to store them correctly (don't leave them out on a kitchen counter to dry). Freezing them works great too.
How to make these amazing Soft Dinner Rolls (recipe video)
Watch this quick video to see how to make the best soft dinner rolls, it's so easy.
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