Making your own dinner rolls is very easy to do, and they taste so much better than the store-bought versions.

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A sweet dinner roll ready to be eaten.

One of our favorite dinner rolls to have for a special meal is classic sweet dinner rolls – those which are very similar to the Hawaiian rolls that are popular this time of the year. The addition of pineapple juice adds that sweet tropical flavor for that unmistakable taste. 

With just a little preparation the dough will be ready to rise within minutes which gives you time to prepare the rest of your meal. Throw them in the oven and your house will smell like a bakery!  

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You need to make sure the yeast is activated before adding it to the ingredients
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Stop adding flour when the dough comes away from the bowl
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The dough has doubled in size and ready for making rolls
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Brushing your rolls with egg wash helps brown the tops while baking
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The buns are ready to be taken out of the oven

Sweet Dinner Rolls Recipe

Ingredients:
1/2 cup pineapple juice 

1/2 cup milk 

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled

2 whole eggs, lightly beaten

6 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

3 teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast

4 1/2 cups bread flour

1 large egg for brushing rolls before baking

Instructions:

  1. Combine the pineapple juice and milk in a small saucepan.  Heat until temperature reaches 110°F. Add in yeast and let activate for 10 minutes. The mixture should be foamy. Check temperature with digital thermometer. 
  2. In a large mixing bowl add melted butter, eggs, sugar, salt. Stir and add in yeast mixture (once activated).
  3. Add 2 cups of the flour to the bowl and stir with a wooden spoon until the flour is incorporated.
  4. Attach the dough hook to the mixer and turn to medium-low speed. Gradually add the remaining flour, kneading until a ball begins to form and scraps away from the bowl.
  5. Continue kneading on medium-high speed for 4 to 5 minutes.
  6. Remove dough from bowl, shape into a ball, and place back in the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  7. Grease a 13×9-inch baking pan.  Remove the dough and gently deflate.
  8. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball and place in the prepared pan.
  9. In a small bowl combine the egg with 2 tablespoons of water. Brush all over the rolls. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise again until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
  10. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  11. Bake the rolls for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Serve immediately

Enjoy!

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Mary and Jim

Sweet Dinner Rolls

Servings 12

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and slightly cooled
  • 2 whole eggs lightly beaten
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 teaspoons 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 4 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 large egg for brushing rolls before baking

Instructions

  1. Combine the pineapple juice and milk in a small saucepan. Heat until temperature reaches 110°F. Add in yeast and let activate for 10 minutes. The mixture should be foamy.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add melted butter, eggs, sugar, salt. Stir and add in yeast mixture (once activated).
  3. Add 2 cups of the flour to the bowl and stir with a wooden spoon until the the flour is incorporated.
  4. Attach the dough hook to the mixer and turn to medium-low speed. Gradually add the remaining flour, kneading until a ball begins to form and scraps away from the bowl.
  5. Continue kneading on medium-high speed for 4 to 5 minutes.
  6. Remove dough from bowl, shape into a ball, and place back in the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  7. Grease a 13×9-inch baking pan. Remove the dough and gently deflate.
  8. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball and place in the prepared pan.
  9. In a small bowl combine the egg with 2 tablespoons of water. Brush all over the rolls. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise again until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
  10. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  11. Bake the rolls for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Recipe Notes

Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms

 

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