The topic of many discussions at our dinner table and everyone has an opinion! What type of dinner
rolls to serve with Thanksgiving turkey or a special standing rib roast? Flakey, buttery a croissant…the
options are endless. Year after year the rolls we served (homemade or store bought) never seemed to
hit the mark. They were dry, taste less and not worth the “real estate”. Finally, after many bakes, a
buttery tender dinner roll worthy of making and serving alongside your best meals. These will not
Soft and Buttery Dinner Rolls
- 3 Tbsp. water 43g
- 3 Tbsp. whole milk 43g
- 2 Tbsp. Unbleached Bread Flour 14g
- 2 1/2 cups Unbleached Bread Flour 298g
- 2 Tbsp. Baker's Special Dry Milk or nonfat dry milk 14g
- 1/4 cup sugar 50g
- 1 tsp. salt 6g
- 1 Tbsp. instant yeast
- 1/2 cup whole milk 113g
- 1 large egg
- 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted 57g
- 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tsp. flaky sea salt
To make the Tangzhong:
- Combine the water, milk, and flour in a small saucepan and whisk until no lumps remain.
- Cook the mixture over low heat, whisking constantly, until thickened and the whisk leaves lines on the bottom of the pan, about 3 to 5 minutes.
- Transfer the tangzhong to a small mixing bowl or measuring cup and let it cool to room temperature.
To make the dough:
- Combine the tangzhong with the remaining dough ingredients, then mix and knead in mixer until a smooth, elastic dough forms. About 15 minutes on medium speed.
- Shape the dough into a ball, and place in a lightly greased bowl. Cover and let rise for 60 to 90 minutes. Dough should look puffy but not necessarily doubled in size.
- Gently deflate the dough and divide it into 8 equal pieces (for large rolls) or 10 equal pieces (for medium-sized rolls), and shape each piece into a ball.
- Place the rolls into a lightly greased 8″ or 9″ round cake pan. Cover the pan, and let the rolls rest for 40 to 50 minutes, until puffy.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Brush the rolls with milk, and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown on top (or until thermometer inserted into the center of a roll reads at least 190°F).
- Remove the rolls from the oven. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle on flaky salt. Allow them to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer them to a rack to cool completely. Enjoy!