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I have to warn you! These things are addictive! Lately, our favorite thing to use our bread machine for is making dinner roll dough. It’s so nice to have the bread maker do all the mixing and some of the rising for you. The rest of the steps are pretty simple, but it yields some delicious rolls! They have a good, basic, yeasty bread flavor and nice texture. This one recipe makes 2 dozen rolls, so even with dinner guests you’ll have plenty. We had 7 people for Mother’s Day dinner. My daughter made these and we still had a few leftover, but they disappeared quickly!

While simple, this process does take some time, so give yourself 3 – 3 1/2 hours to have these ready. See my tip below for an awesome way to create a warm environment for dough to rise.

Basic Dinner Rolls

3/4 cup +3 tbsp water, 80 degrees (microwave 30 seconds)

3 cups bread flour (invest in a good flour. I like King Arthur brand)

2 tbsp dry milk

3 1/2 tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt

3 tbsp butter, cut into 6 pieces

1 1/2 tsp fast rise yeast or 2 tsp active dry yeast

  • Add water to bread maker pan
  • Add flour, dry milk, sugar and salt to pan. Tap pan to settle dry ingredients, the level dry ingredients, pushing some into the corners. Place pieces of butter around outer edges of pan on top of dry ingredients
  • Make a light well in the center of dry ingredients and add yeast
  • Place pan in bread maker and set maker to Dough setting and turn on
  • When bread maker is done (usually takes about 1 1/2 hours), remove dough and let rest on a floured surface for 15 minutes
  • Divide dough into 4 equal pieces. Each piece will be divided into 6 equal pieces. I shape dough into a ball, kind of pulling the sides down and tucking under creating a smooth domed top. Place rolls into greased muffin pan or baking pan.
  • Place pans with rolls on the top rack of your oven. DO NOT TURN OVEN ON. On the bottom rack of oven, place a large oven safe pan filled with boiling water. Close oven and allow dough to rise for 1 hour. Keep oven closed. No peeking!!!
  • After rising, remove dough and water pan from oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. While oven is heating melt 1-2 tbsp butter and then brush tops of the rolls with the butter.
  • Bake rolls for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.