Better Than Pillsbury Dinner Rolls
I love making anything with yeast like bread, rolls, biscuits and more. Why? Because of one of my favorite comfort smells! Baking bread with yeast fills the whole house with that warm fermented rich scent and brings back so many childhood kitchen memories. My grandma baked a lot of breads and my mom did too. One of my earliest kitchen tasks as a youngster was helping to knead the dough. A task I enjoyed and still do today. There is something about working with your hands and getting a ball of ingredients that barely held together to its elastic shiny state of that perfect, stretchy ball. I was impatient though, as the worst
part about baking yeast bread was having to wait while letting it rise, at least once, and sometimes twice. That is killer for a kid that just wants to dig in!
Good yeast bread or rolls do take some time. I’ve made some of the “quick” 30-minute rolls and while good, sometimes the best things are worth a little wait. These rolls take about an hour from start to finish so that isn’t too bad, even on a weeknight. They are one of my favorite recipes as the honey gives them a subtle sweetness and yet they are super soft and fluffy!
My husband always says “these are better than Pillsbury” so that’s what we call them at our house!
You will need:
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 (.25 ounce) packet of instant yeast
1/4 cup half and half or can use whole milk
1 large egg
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 – 3 cups flour
(optional, additional melted butter to brush on top)
In a large bowl, combine the honey, butter and milk and microwave until warm and the butter is melted. Stir together and then add in the yeast. Stir and let sit for 10 minutes or until foamy.
Whisk in the egg and then add the rest of the ingredients mixing well. Once a dough ball begins to form, take the dough ball out and knead by hand until elastic and smooth (about 3-5 minutes). Put the dough back in the bowl and cover with a towel and let it rest for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 200 degrees F and grease a 9×13 glass baking dish.
Once the dough has rested, cut into 12 pieces and roll into loose balls. Place the balls with space around them in the baking dish.
Place the rolls in the oven and TURN OFF the oven and let them rise in the warmth for 20 minutes.
Remove the rolls and turn the oven back on setting it for 375 degrees F. Brush the rolls with the melted butter and bake for 10-12 minutes or until the tops just become lightly brown.
Serve warm with butter! And just a side note, these make AMAZING breakfast sandwich rolls the next morning! Just split in half, add a fried egg and a little cheese and WOW! These are also great with jam…okay, they are just about great with anything!