Well my friends, we are officially into the holidays! With Halloween over and Thanksgiving just around the corner I have started to get excited for family parties, buying gifts, traditions, cozy winter nights, and delicious meals. Speaking of delicious meals… one of my favorite parts of any holiday meal isn’t the typical turkey, potatoes, pie, or stuffing.. Gasp! For some reason my all time favorite part of any holiday meal has always been the fresh homemade rolls. There is nothing in this world that compares to a warm homemade roll with a large slab of butter melting inside. Because rolls are my favorite part of any holiday meal, I decided a few years ago that rolls were something I should probably learn to make. When the day came to make my first batch of homemade rolls, I went straight to the recipe book that was started for me at my bridal shower years before. I immediately opened to my friend Cindy’s amazing roll recipe. Cindy is the mom of one of my closest childhood friends and I remember how I always “just happened” to be at her house on the exact day and the exact moment she was pulling these warm pieces of heaven out of the oven! I got to work on my first batch of rolls and I have never tried another roll recipe. Why? Because these things are perfection! Since my first attempt at making these delicious rolls I have now brought them to many Thanksgiving and Sunday dinners and I have also turned them into amazing cinnamon rolls. The biggest highlight of my “roll making carrier” was when my mother-in-law was impressed with my roll making skills, and asked me to make this recipe for her Thanksgiving Dinner that she was serving at her home. She is an amazing roll maker in her own right, and her approval of these little beauties was an honor! I can’t wait for you to try this delicious Mother-in-law approved dinner roll recipe this holiday season. Hey, score some points with your mother-in-law and call her and offer to bring these rolls…she will be thrilled!
Mother-in-law Approved Dinner Roll Recipe
In a bread mixer combine:
3 1/2 Cups White Flour
3 Cups of Hot Water (as hot as your tap water can go)
3/4 Cup Butter
Mix for 2 Minutes
3/4 Cup White Sugar
1 Tablespoon Salt
4 Tablespoons Dry Active Yeast
Mix for 2 Minutes
1 Cup White Flour
Mix for 2 Minutes
While mixing for 4 more minutes add : 3-4 Cups Flour (Add slowly until dough forms into a ball and “cleans” off the sides of the mixing bowl. Dough will be soft but not sticky when forming into rolls. Recipe usually needs closer to 4 cups.) Continue to mix until it has been mixed for 4 minutes.
Pour into greased bowl. Cover with greased plastic wrap. Let rise until doubled in size. Punch down dough and form into rolls. Place on greased baking sheets or in a greased 9×13 pan. Cover and let rise. Bake for 20-30 minutes until golden brown at 350 degrees. Enjoy!
Tips for Making the Perfect Rolls:
- Make sure to add your last cup of flower slowly. As soon as the dough starts pulling away from the sides of your mixing bowl and starts “cleaning” the sides of the bowl, the dough is ready and there is enough flour.
2. If you need your dough to rise a little faster, place covered bowl of dough on the top of a warmed oven surface.
3. Make sure to let the dough rise until doubled in size.
4. Make rolls into desired shapes (I like to make them a little bigger then a golf ball) and place into a greased pan to rise. They do not rise very much while baking so make sure to allow them plenty of time to rise outside of the oven.