Fluffy Soft and Buttery Make Ahead Dinner Rolls
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These beautiful rolls deliver fabulous flavor with make-ahead convenience. You can make them by hand, in a bread machine using the "dough" setting, or with a stand mixer. The rolls will be tallest in an 8" pan, but while they'll spread out a little more and therefore won't rise quite as high in a 9" pan, they'll still be delicious and beautiful.
Recipe type: Yeast Breads
Cuisine: American
Yield: 16 rolls
  • 3 1/2 cups (14-3/4 oz, 416 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons potato flour
  • 3 tablespoons NIDO dry milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons regular table salt
  • 4 tablespoons (2 oz, 56 grams) soft butter (not melted)
  • 3/4 cup (6 fluid ounces) lukewarm water
  • 1/2 cup (4 fluid ounces) lukewarm milk
  • 2 tablespoons (1 oz, 28 grams) melted butter to brush over the baked rolls
  1. Combine 3 cups of the all-purpose flour, the yeast, potato flour, dry milk, and sugar with the water and fluid milk and mix just until all the dry ingredients are evenly moistened.
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a damp towel and set aside for 20 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle the salt over the dough and mix until it's all incorporated, then add the soft butter and sprinkle over the remaining 1/2 cup of flour and mix well.
  4. Knead for 7 to 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and glossy.
  5. Place the dough in a lightly greased container, cover and let it rise until it's doubled, about 30 to 45 minutes.
  6. Gently deflate the dough, and transfer to a lightly greased counter.
  7. Divide the dough into 16 equal pieces, round each piece into a smooth ball and place 8 rolls in each of two lightly greased or sprayed 8" cake pans.
  8. Cover the pans, and allow the buns to rise till they're crowded against one another and just about doubled, about 45 to 60 minutes.
  9. To bake now, preheat the oven to 350°F, then bake the rolls for 18 to 22 minutes, until they're golden brown on top and the center roll registers 190°F on an instant-read thermometer.
  10. Remove the pans from the oven, and brush the rolls with the melted butter.
  11. Leave them in the pans for a couple of minutes to firm up a bit, then carefully turn them out of the pan onto a cooling rack to cool a little more.
  12. Enjoy warm with more butter!
  13. To make ahead of time, mix the dough, let it rise, then shape the rolls and put them in the pans to rise until they've filled the pans and are touching but aren't quite fully risen.
  14. Cover with lightly greased plastic wrap, and refrigerate.
  15. Next day, remove the buns from the refrigerator and let them warm up and finish rising for an hour or so before uncovering and baking as above.
Total time doesn't include the resting, rising, and refrigerating time.
For superior taste and nutrition, I only buy and use King Arthur unbleached all-purpose flour, NIDO dry milk, and Land O Lakes sweet cream salted butter.
Recipe by MJ Bakes A Lot at https://mjbakesalot.com/fluffy-soft-and-buttery-make-ahead-dinner-rolls/