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Pillow-Soft Dinner Rolls for Thanksgiving Dinner

There are few things better than warm & buttery dinner rolls fresh from the oven.

These dinner rolls are the quintessential holiday dinner favorite - warm, buttery and of course, fluffy as all get out. We utilize bread flour in this recipe rather than all-purpose flour, as it is naturally higher in protein content (proteins Glutenin and Gliadin), making it easier to develop gluten - which allows the bread to rise well and maintain a soft and chewy texture.

The recipe below can be made by hand (as described in the directions and seen in the video above) or in a stand mixer or bread machine. If making in a stand mixer, follow the directions as written, except in Step 2, mix flour mixture together in the bowl of a stand mixer using a dough hook on low speed. Increase speed to medium and knead 5-7 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic, adding more flour to the dough if it is too sticky.

To make in a bread machine, Skip Step 1, and add all ingredients (except melted butter for brushing) to the machine and set to the dough setting.

Dinner Rolls

Servings: 9 | Prep Time: 3 Hours (including rise time)

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1 1/4 cups warm Water

1 packet (1/4 oz) Rapid-Rise Yeast

2 tablespoons Sugar

1/4 cup Vegetable or Olive Oil

2 teaspoons Salt

3 1/2 - 4 cups Bread Flour

Melted butter for brushing, optional


1. In a small bowl, whisk together water, yeast and sugar. Allow to sit at room temperature 10 minutes or so until the mixture begins to foam.

2. In a large bowl, add the flour, salt, oil and water mixture. Mix on low until a loose ball forms, adding more flour by the tablespoon if the mixture is too wet. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead 7-10 minutes, until dough is smooth, elastic and passes the window pane test.

3. Place the dough in a lightly-oiled bowl and cover with oiled plastic wrap. Leave in a warmer place in your home (maybe near a stove or sunny window) to rise until doubled in size - about 1 1/2 hours.

4. Preheat oven to 350F and grease an 8x8 baking pan. Punch down dough to deflate. Divide dough into 9 portions and into smooth rounds; place side by side in prepared pan. Let rise a second time, 30-45 minutes, before baking. For rolls for about 15-25 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with melted butter while warm, if desired.

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