Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Homemade Dinner Rolls

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Fresh Bread.

I could stop right there and not have to say another word.  I mean, who doesn't like fresh bread?  A better question would be what holiday meal would be complete without a piping hot, Homemade Dinner Roll? Not any of mine, I'll tell you that much.  This dinner roll recipe has been in my family as long as I can remember.  It is my Grandma Racer's and they are delicious.  The thing I remember most about these during the holidays is that my grandma could fit so many of these yummy morsels into a baking pan, but they were still so fluffy.

The best part about these Homemade Dinner Rolls is that not only are they probably the BEST dinner rolls you will ever eat, they are effortless to make. I know these are going to become a staple on your table so let's get started!

Homemade Dinner Rolls:
*Prep Time: 1 hour 10 min. *Cook Time: 15 min.  *Difficulty:  Easy  *Servings: 12 Rolls


The ingredients needed for the homemade dinner rolls.

  • 1 packet of Dry Active Yeast (or 2 1/4 tsp.)
  • 1 c. warm Water
  • 2 tsp. Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Salt 
  • 1 tbsp. Vegetable Shortening
  • 2 3/4 c. All Purpose Flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
To begin preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  

Water and yeast being added to a Kitchenaid mixer.

To a mixing bowl add the yeast and warm water.

Yeast blooming in the bowl of a kitchenaid mixer.

Set a timer for 10 minutes to allow the yeast to become active.
You will know that the yeast is active when it appears to be frothy.

Sugar is being added to the yeast in the bowl of the Kitchenaid mixer.

Now you can add the sugar and...

Salt being added to the yeast in the Kitchenaid mixer.


An egg being added to the yeast in the Kitchenaid mixer.

Next add the whole egg.

Shortening being added to the yeast in the kitchenaid mixer.

After the egg add the vegetable shortening.

The yeast, salt, sugar, and shortening being mix together in the kitchenaid.

Now you can mix them together.

All purpose flour being added to the yeast, salt, sugar, and shortening mixture.

If you are using a stand mixer attach the dough hook.
If you are not using a stand mixer, you will want to do this next step with a rubber spatula.

Add the flour a cup at a time to the bowl.

The dough for the homemade dinner rolls being kneaded in the kitchenaid mixer.

Mix or fold until a dough has formed and cleans the side of the bowl.

The homemade dinner roll dough rising in a bowl, covered with a towel.

Cover the bowl and allow the dough to raise for 30 minutes.

The dough for the homemade dinner rolls on a floured cutting board.

After 30 minutes, punch the dough down and turn out onto a floured surface.

The dough for the homemade dinner rolls sectioned into 12 little balls on the floured cutting board.

Divide the dough into 12 equal parts.

The dinner roll dough balls being rolled into nice smooth balls.

Roll each portion of the dough into a smooth ball.

The dough balls for the Homemade Dinner Rolls in a cast iron skillet.

Place the dough balls into a baking dish, or for a great presentation, a cast iron skillet like I used here, and let them raise for another 30 minutes.

The raised dinner roll dough being brushed with egg whites.

After the second raise, brush the tops of the rolls with the egg white.
This will give the rolls a lovely brown color and a nice sheen.

The diner rolls in the skillet baking in the oven.

Place in a preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

The homemade dinner rolls fresh out of the oven in the cast iron skillet.

Remove from the oven.

The finished homemade dinner rolls being brushed with melted butter.

And brush the tops with some melted butter.

The finished homemade dinner rolls, in a cast iron skillet, ready to eat.

And there you have it!

Delicious, Homemade Dinner Rolls that are light and fluffy, and the taste is out of this world! You and your family are going to go wild for them!  The good thing about making these around the holiday is that you can make them to the point of putting them in the baking dish and then freeze them off to thaw, rise, and bake on the big day!  Give this recipe a try!  You will be so glad you did!

And as always...

Happy Reading, Happy Eating, and Happy Living,
~The Kitchen Wife~


  1. I love following you and seeing what you will make each week. I have no doubt these rolls are fabulous!

  2. Making these for thanksgiving thanks!

  3. Awesome! I can't wait to hear how they turned out!

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