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Video:Homemade Dinner Rolls

with John Mitzewich

Making your own dinner rolls is surprisingly easy, and when you taste these buttery, pillow-light rolls, you'll agree they are superior to any store-bought variety. See how to bake your own dinner rolls at home.See Transcript

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Transcript:Homemade Dinner Rolls

Hi, I'm Chef John Mitzewich for About.com. I'm going to show you how easy it is to make your own homemade dinner rolls.

Prepare the Dinner Roll Yeast

We're going to start with some yeast for these delicious rolls. It's going to be 1 packet of dry yeast, that's 2 1/4 tsp. And a 1/4 cup of warm, not hot, water.

Start the Roll Dough

While that's dissolving, we're going to get 1 cup of milk, and 3 tbsp of butter and throw it in the microwave for a minute to warm the milk.

In the meantime we're going to throw in (to the yeast mixture):
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup of flour
Add the warm milk/butter mixture. That can't be piping hot, so let it cool to warm before adding. Otherwise you will kill the yeast. Give that a mix, and then add another cup of flour. Switch to a spatula. Give that a mix and add a third cup of flour and that will form a wet, sticky dough. But it should be dry enough to scrap out on to the cutting board to begin to knead. So after 3 cups of flour, it should look like this.

Knead the Dinner Roll Dough

On a floured board, we're going to plop down the dough and we're going to work that for about 6-7 minutes. We're only going to add flour in when the dough gets too sticky to knead. So make sure your hands are floured, and work that using the old kneading method - half turns and push it with your palm.

Knead that until you have a smooth and elastic, but still soft and slightly sticky dough. Don't work too much flour into the dough, only add it if it gets to sticky to work with. So knead it until it gets to this point - this is what I mean by elastic, see how it springs back. Form that into a nice smooth ball.

Allow the Dough to Rise

In a mixing bowl, add a 1/2 tsp of vegetable oil, throw in the dough and make sure it's coated with oil so it doesn't dry out. Cover with a towel and let it rise, in a warn spot, until double in size. Should take about an hour to an hour and a half.

Form the Dinner Rolls

After it doubles, throw it on a lightly floured cutting board, and pat it down with your hands. Form it into a square shape. Then take a knife and cut it into 12 pieces. Then we're going to shape the rolls, which is very simple. Just take a piece of dough and roll it into a round shape in your palm.

Let the Rolls Rise

Now, we're going to put them on the pan, kind of close, about 1 1/2" apart. As they rise and double in size, which will take about 30-45 minutes, they will sort of touch each other and that's what going to give them that great dinner roll shape.

Bake the Dinner Rolls

We're going to bake these at 350 degrees F. for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. And that is one beautiful set of dinner rolls. They even have that traditional touching "pull-apart" quality which I think is pretty cool. And, since these are so easy, I don't buy these at the store anymore. It's just not how I "roll." Anyway, give these a try. Enjoy!

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