If you’re a first-time bread maker, this recipe is definitely for you.
How to make homemade rolls (in 30 minutes)
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
Step 2: In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine warm water, oil, yeast and sugar; let rest for 5-10 minutes or until frothy and bubbly. Our favorite mixer to use is the Bosch Mixer, but any mixer with a dough hook will work.
You can also make this recipe without a stand mixer – just use a big bowl, a large wooden spoon, and all your arm strength! (You’ll also need to knead the dough really well for about 5-10 minutes).
Step 3: With a dough hook, mix in salt, egg and 2 cups of flour until combined.
Step 4: Add remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time (dough will be sticky). Spray your hands with cooking spray and shape the dough into 12 balls.
Step 5: After shaped, place on lightly greased cookie sheet or 9×13″ pan and let rest for 10 minutes. Bake for about 10 minutes or until tops are lightly golden.
We know that making bread can feel a little intimidating, but we have a few tips/tricks for troubleshooting. We’ve gone through a few of our FAQs and answered them below.
Why is my bread so dense?
Our 30-minute dinner rolls are pretty light and fluffy. If your rolls are dense, we would suggest three things.
One – next time, knead them more. Unlike cookies (where you want to mix them as little as possible), bread needs to be mixed well in order for the gluten to develop for nice, fluffy rolls.
Don’t be afraid to let your mixer run for an extra minute or two to ensure light, fluffy rolls.
Two – make sure your yeast isn’t expired. If your yeast doesn’t start to froth (like in the picture above), it may be expired and your bread won’t rise.
Three – don’t use too much flour. Your dough should still be sticky during step 4 (that’s why we suggest adding in the flour 1/2 cup at a time). If you live in a lower elevation, or somewhere with more humidity, you probably won’t need as much flour.
Don’t feel like you need to add in all the flour the recipe suggests. Use your judgement.
Can I use butter instead of oil?
Yes! We recommend using the same amount of butter as oil, and melt it first. It will create more of a “sweet” roll, but it’s still delicious!
Can I substitute honey for sugar?
Yes. You can generally substitute honey for sugar straight across. If you’re looking for a good no-knead honey whole wheat recipe, we’d recommend THESE ROLLS.
How do I use this dough for cinnamon rolls?
Follow the recipe through step 3, and then add in the flour as mentioned in step 4. Instead of shaping them into balls, roll out the dough and brush with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and brown sugar.
Roll up the dough into a jelly-roll shape, then slice and place in a greased 9×13″ pan. Let them rise for 10 minutes, then bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes (or until lightly browned on top).
Top with frosting.
If you’re feeling more confident and looking for our favorite homemade cinnamon roll recipe, TRY THESE.
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(adapted from: Real Mom Kitchen)