Light and fluffy yeast rolls are the perfect complement to any holiday meal. Homemade rolls are really quite easy to make and your friends and family will be so impressed you've made homemade bread! There's is nothing tastier than a homemade yeast roll fresh from the oven, slathered in butter. Thanksgiving isn't right without them!
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 30minutes
Cook Time 15minutes
Rising Time 2hours
Total Time 45minutes
3+ 2/3 C all purpose flour
1package of instant yeast
1/3Cinstant nonfat dry milk
Dissolve the yeast into a 1/4 C warm water. Once dissolved add 3/4 C cool water to the mixture and add to a stand mixer with a hook attachment or a bread machine. Add the sugar, instant milk, salt, beaten egg, and melted butter and turn mixer on low to combine.
Turn the mixer off and add 2.5 C flour and turn the mixer back on low and mix until the dough starts to come together. Add the remaining flour in small batches until the dough is cohesive but still a bit sticky. Depending on the conditions, it can take as little as 3 cups and up to 4. My mom always uses a bread machine and she adds 4 C of flour to include the flour you would normally incorporate as you work the dough.
Once the dough has come together, pour onto a well-floured work surface and work the dough until it is no longer sticky. I usually incorporate 3 C of flour in while in the mixer and the remaining 1/3 to 2/3 C as I'm kneading. Keep adding flour as necessary to keep the dough from stick to your surface.
Once the dough is no longer sticky, let the dough rise on your work surface for at least an hour. Cover with a dishcloth while rising. After rising for an hour, roll the dough out to 1.5-inch thickness and cut into small 2.5-inch rounds.
Once cut, place the rolls onto a buttered baking sheet and allow to rise for another hour before baking. Again, cover with a dish towel while rising.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Bake the rolls for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with melted salted butter and a pinch of kosher salt. Bake for another 2-3 minutes. Serve warm.
The rolls can easily be frozen after cooking, and then reheated in the oven or in the microwave after defrosting.