Hey guys! Today I have a recipe for some quick, weeknight dinner rolls. They are the perfect addition to many meals, and the best part is that you don’t have to plan them hours and hours ahead.
Who doesn’t love a warm, fresh dinner roll straight from the oven? I know we do, so I tried a few 30-minute dinner roll recipes (they all take me 45 minutes, hence the name of this recipe), and I came up with this. I ended up adapting the recipe from the Kitchen Meets Girl post for 30-Minute Dinner Rolls. You can make these as a side for a hearty meal, or shape them into hamburger buns for burgers, pulled pork, or other sandwiches. Try them with my Roasted Red Pepper Soup, or to make a sandwich from the Grilled Teriyaki Chicken or the Pesto & Goat Cheese Chicken.
This recipe is pretty straightforward and should be easy to tackle, even for the bread-making novices out there. You start like you do with many bread recipes – with water, oil, sugar, and yeast in a bowl. The difference here is that you let the yeast rest in the water mixture for 15 minutes (long enough for it to get very very foamy).
Then you just mix the bread, either by hand or with a large stand mixer. Shape, let rest 10 minutes and then bake 10-15 minutes, depending on the size of the roll you’ve made. Oh and a note on the size of the rolls – if you are shaping the rolls into dinner rolls, make no less than a dozen or you will end up with massive rolls. If you are shaping them into hamburger buns, I have found that a dozen rolls is perfect for a decent-sized pulled pork sandwich or a quarter pound burger. If you make burgers that are a third pound or bigger, then 8 rolls might be more appropriate. The ones in these photos are the size they’ll be if you make 8 rolls (just a little too big for most things). Happy eating!
45-Minute Dinner Rolls
Mix these quick weeknight dinner rolls by hand or using your stand mixer.
- 1 cup + 2 Tbsp warm water (110°F to 115°F)
- ⅓ cup oil
- 2 Tbsp active dry yeast
- 3 Tbsp sugar
- 1 large egg
- 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour (bread flour will work too)
Preheat oven to 400°F.
In a medium bowl (or in the bowl of your stand mixer if you are using one), combine the water, oil, yeast, and sugar. Let rest for 15 minutes or until very foamy.
Stir in the egg and 2 cups of the flour by hand. If you are using a stand mixer, put the bowl into the stand mixer after you've mixed these in by hand and begin using the dough hook.
Add the remaining flour, ½ cup at a time, until all the flour is incorporated and a dough has formed.
Shape the dough into 12 equal rolls (flatten slightly for hamburger buns), and place on a sheet pan. Let the rolls rest for 10 minutes.
Bake for 10-15 minutes in the preheated oven until they are golden brown.
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION – Yield: 12 servings
Sodium: 6.7 mg, Calories: 207.1, Total Fat: 6.9 g, Saturated Fat: 0.6 g, Cholesterol: 15.5 mg, Carbohydrates: 31.7 g, Fiber: 1.3 g, Sugar: 3.1 g, Protein: 4.3 g.