If you’re looking for a versatile bread recipe that is soft, fluffy, and absolutely irresistible, then look no further than these Soft Dinner Rolls. Whether you’re planning a family dinner, a special gathering, or simply want to enjoy freshly baked bread at home, this recipe is perfect for you.
In this blog post, I’ll guide you through the step-by-step process of making these delightful rolls. With just a few simple ingredients and some patience, you’ll have a batch of warm, homemade dinner rolls that will impress everyone at your table.
Who is This Recipe For?
This Soft Dinner Rolls recipe is suitable for both beginners and experienced bakers alike. If you’re new to baking bread, don’t worry! I’ll explain each step clearly, making it easy for you to follow along.
This recipe is also great for busy individuals or families who want to enjoy the satisfaction of homemade bread without spending hours in the kitchen. The soft and fluffy rolls are a crowd-pleaser, making them ideal for various occasions such as holiday dinners, potlucks, or even a simple weeknight meal.
Tips for Success
Ensure the water used to activate the yeast is at the correct temperature (110 degrees F/45 degrees C). Too hot or too cold water can affect the yeast’s activation, resulting in less fluffy rolls.
Knead the dough until it reaches the desired consistency. It should be smooth, elastic, and slightly tacky to the touch.
While letting the dough rise, choose a warm spot in your kitchen. Placing the covered bowl near a warm oven or on top of the fridge can help accelerate the rising process.
Grease the baking sheets lightly to prevent the rolls from sticking. This will make it easier to remove them once baked.
Kitchen Equipment Needed
To make these Soft Dinner Rolls, you’ll need the following kitchen equipment:
- Large bowl
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Mixing spoon or spatula
- Baking sheets
- Damp cloth
If you have any leftover Soft Dinner Rolls, you can store them in an airtight container or resealable bag at room temperature for up to 2 days. To extend their freshness, you can freeze the rolls for up to 1 month. When ready to enjoy, simply thaw them at room temperature and warm them in the oven for a few minutes.
Food and Drink Pairings
These Soft Dinner Rolls pair wonderfully with a variety of dishes and beverages. Here are a few suggestions:
- Serve them alongside a warm bowl of homemade soup, such as tomato bisque or butternut squash soup.
- Enjoy them with a classic roast beef or turkey sandwich for a satisfying lunch.
- Pair them with a hearty pasta dish, like lasagna or spaghetti Bolognese, for a comforting dinner.
- Serve them with a selection of your favorite cheeses and charcuterie for an elegant appetizer.
- 1 ½ cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
- 4 cups bread flour
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
Prepare the Yeast Mixture:
In a large bowl, stir together warm water, sugar, and yeast. Let it stand for about 10 minutes until the mixture becomes creamy.
Add 2 cups of flour, vegetable oil, and salt to the yeast mixture. Stir well to incorporate the ingredients. Gradually add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
Knead the Dough:
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for approximately 8 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
Let the Dough Rise:
Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in it, and turn it to coat it with oil. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and let the dough rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until it has doubled in volume.
Shape the Rolls:
After the dough has risen, deflate it and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 16 equal pieces and shape each piece into a round ball. Lightly grease 2 baking sheets and place the rolls on them, ensuring they are at least 2 inches apart. Cover the rolls with a damp cloth and let them rise for another 40 minutes or until doubled in volume.
Preheat and Bake:
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Once the rolls have risen, bake them in the preheated oven for approximately 18 to 20 minutes or until they turn golden brown.
Remove the rolls from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes. Serve these warm and delightful Soft Dinner Rolls with your favorite spreads or alongside your favorite dishes.