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Fluffy Homemade Dinner Rolls

Soft. Fluffy. Addicting. These are the dinner rolls of my dreams!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
resting time:2 hrs
Course: bread
Cuisine: French-American
Keyword: yeast rolls
Servings: 15

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole milk, warmed to 110-115°F
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry or instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, diced and softened to room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • Melted butter for brushing

Instructions

  • In the bowl of a standing mixer, whisk together the milk, yeast, sugar, egg, butter, and salt. Then, using a stout spoon or spatula, stir in the flour one cup at a time. Attach the dough hook to the mixer, and knead at medium speed until the dough becomes smooth and elastic, and it clears the sides of the bowl -- 4-5 minutes.
  • Transfer the dough to an unfloured work surface. Knead by hand until the dough is no longer sticky -- about 2 minutes. Put the bowl in a large, lightly-greased bowl. Flip the dough to grease its other side. Cover the bowl with cling film, and let rest until the dough has doubled in volume -- about 90 minutes.
  • Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking dish. Deflate the dough, and then cut it into 15 fairly uniform pieces. Form each piece into a roll, and place in the prepared baking dish. Brush the tops of the rolls with melted butter. Cover with cling film and let rest until the rolls have doubled in volume -- 30-45 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Bake until the rolls color lightly -- 15-20 minutes. Then immediately brush the tops of the rolls with (yet more) melted butter. Enjoy while hot or warm with -- you guess it -- butter!

Notes

Make ahead note: After forming the rolls, immediately refrigerate or freeze them. On baking day, let the rolls come to room temperature and rise until doubled in volume. Then bake as directed above. 
Freezing and reheating leftover rolls: Let the rolls come to room temperature, then transfer them to one or two zip-lock bags. Freeze. To thaw and reheat, put the rolls in a baking dish. Cover the dish with aluminum foil, and place in a 200°F oven until the rolls are warmed throughout -- 30-45 minutes. Frozen and reheated rolls are almost as wonderful as those that are freshly baked!