Posted by: Deana | December 23, 2010

Classic Dinner Rolls

I tried a new recipe for the rolls for Thanksgiving this year.  I got this recipe from a book I love, the Williams-Sonoma Essentials of Baking.  They turned out perfectly, and also made wonderful turkey sandwiches in the days following Thanksgiving.

Classic Dinner Rolls

  • 2 ½ tes. (1 package) active dry yeast
  • ¼ c. warm water (105º-115º F)
  • 1 c. whole milk
  • 2 T. sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature, plus 1 egg, beaten
  • 6 T. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 ½ c. all-purpose flour, plus extra for kneading
  • 2 tes. salt

In the 5-qt. bowl of a stand mixer, dissolve the yeast in the warm water and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.

Add the milk, sugar, 2 eggs, butter, flour, and salt.  Place the bowl on the mixer, attach the dough hook, and knead on low speed.  Add a little more flour only if the dough is sticking to the sides of the bowl after a few minutes of kneading.  Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, 5-7 minutes.  The dough should be soft but not sticky.  Remove the dough from the bowl.

Form the dough into a ball, transfer it to a lightly oiled bowl, and cover the bowl with plastic wrap.  Let the dough rise in a warm, draft-free spot until it doubles in bulk, 1 ½ – 2 hours.

Line a half-sheet pan or rimless baking sheet with parchment paper.

Punch down the dough and turn it out on a clean work surface.  Cut it in half with a sharp knife of bench scraper.  Cut each half into 8 equal pieces.  Roll each piece against the work surface into a round ball.  Place the balls on the prepared pan, spacing them evenly, cover loosely with a kitchen towel, and let them rise until puffy and pillow-soft when gently squeezed, 30-40 minutes.

Position a rack in the lower third of the oven, and preheat to 400º.

Brush the rolls lightly with the beaten egg.  Bake until puffed and golden brown, 20-25 minutes.  Serve immediately.  I brushed the rolls with melted butter after they came out of the oven.



  1. The were delicious!

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