In Search of the Perfect Dinner Rolls

by Elizabeth on July 15, 2010 · 0 comments

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Lately I have been on a quest to find the perfect dinner rolls.  I’ve tried 4 recipes so far and my family has only been crazy about one batch.  I make all of the bread we eat, and we’ve been really happy with my sandwich bread, French bread, and crusty white bread.  But we also like dinner rolls to have around to go with quicker meals when I don’t have the time (or the energy) to make a loaf of something else.  These are the four recipes I’ve tried for dinner rolls so far:
The last turned out to be everyone’s choice for best dinner roll.  I was very pleased with the basic rolls, but Mom found them to be too chewy.  None of us liked the wheat rolls; they were dry and required a lot of butter to taste good.  The easy dinner rolls would have gone over well had I not tried to make them healthier by substituting some wheat flour.  They were dry and just not as good as they would have been if I had left them alone.
I discovered that I could adapt my sandwich bread into rolls when I was trying to make a larger loaf.  The recipe, as is, makes 2 8×4 loaves.  I like that I get two loaves out of one recipe, but I find the loaves to be too small for a decent sandwich.  So I decided to make a 9×5 loaf and then use the remaining portion to make rolls.  I used 2/3 of the dough to make the sandwich bread and the remaining third to make 12 rolls.  I followed The Frugal Girl’s instructions on shaping and baking the rolls; you can find that here.  I thought they turned out very well and everyone agreed.  The only suggestion was a little more sugar which I will add next time.  
But I’m always on the lookout for a new roll recipe!  Do you have a recipe to share? 

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