How to Make Basic Dinner Rolls

Updated on October 5, 2018
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I love baking of all types: cakes, biscuits, donuts, cookies, pies, bread, muffins, and much more!

Soft and delicious dinner rolls!
Soft and delicious dinner rolls!

Now that I am a full-time homemaker, I've had more time to cook and bake than I did in the past. My passion for cooking must have been influenced by observing my mother in her kitchen, as well as by watching a lot of cooking programs on TV.

For the most part, I tend to cook Southeast Asian dishes because that's the cuisine I'm most familiar with. However, I love trying to make new dishes. Recently, I decided to try to make dinner rolls for the first time.

In Malaysia, dinner rolls are not very popular. However, my impression is that it's a very common American appetizer or side dish. I love dinner rolls, especially when they are still warm. Just dip it in extra virgin olive oil with some salt and pepper. Yum!

Actually, my first attempt at making these rolls turned out pretty well. My husband loved them very much. The texture was soft and chewy. I was quite surprised with the outcome. Therefore, I'm so happy to share the recipe with you all.

For the yeast mixture:

  • 275 ml warm milk
  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

For the dough:

  • 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk, room temperature
  • 150 grams butter, room temperature
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cups bread flour, plus more for kneading
  • 6 tablespoons sugar


  1. In a small bowl, combine the milk, yeast, and sugar. Let the mixture dissolve and set aside for 5 minutes.
  2. In another small bowl, whisk the egg and egg yolk. Set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the yeast mixture, flour, salt, sugar, and egg mixture. Use a stand mixer, beat the ingredients at the medium speed for 5 minutes.
  4. After 5 minutes, lower the speed and add butter into the mixture. Continue beating until all well-combined.
  5. Transfer the mixture onto a well-floured surface and knead until it forms a dough. Add a tablespoon of flour if the dough is very sticky. (Continue adding the flour it doesn't stick to your hands)
  6. Transfer the dough into a greased bowl. Let it rest for an hour.
  7. Divide the dough into equal-sized balls. (I made 12 balls)
  8. In the meantime, heat the oven at 350 °
  9. Lay a parchment paper on the baking tray.
  10. Transfer the balls onto the tray and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  11. Bake for 15 minutes.
  12. Brush some melted butter and honey on top of the rolls.
  13. Voila, the dinner rolls are ready!

Photo Tutorial

Combine the ingredients.
Combine the ingredients.
Line the dough on a baking paper.
Line the dough on a baking paper.
Brush with some melted butter and honey.
Brush with some melted butter and honey.
The top looks all shiny.
The top looks all shiny.
The dinner rolls are ready.
The dinner rolls are ready.
Super soft and delicious!
Super soft and delicious!

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