Introduction: Amazing No-Knead Dinner Rolls

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In this instructable I will show you how to make Dinner Rolls. This recipe for amazing dinner rolls is really easy to make and doesn't require kneading or a mixer! It can't get any easier then this, these No-knead dinner rolls are great for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, or any occasion really. I also like to use them for small sandwiches or slider hamburgers. Let's get baking!

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Step 1: Ingredients/Tools

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  • 1 Tbsp of yeast (8.5g)
  • 1/2 cup of water (120ml)
  • 1 cup of milk (whole, skim, 2%, 1%) (240ml)
  • 4 1/2 cups of bread flour (all-purpose will work) (570g)
  • 1/4 cup of white granulated sugar (50g)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. of salt (8.5)
  • 4 Tbsp. of unsalted butter (58g)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp. softened butter for brushing (14 to 28g)


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Step 2: Heat Milk and Water

First let's combine our water with our milk and heat it up in the microwave for 45 seconds to a minute until it gets to about 105 to 115 degrees F. (40 to 43C)

Step 3: Activate the Yeast

Now we transfer the warm liquid to a large bowl and add our yeast, and a little bit of our sugar, the yeast will feed on the sugar, then whisk the ingredients together, then set aside for 5 to 10 minutes, until the mixture gets nice and foamy. If it doesn't get foamy after that amount of time, start over, the yeast is probably old/bad, or the liquid was too hot or not hot enough to activate it.

Step 4: Flour Mixture

Now let's add our sugar and salt to our bread flour and combine with a whisk. I definitely recommend using bread flour, but you can use all-purpose flour too, the rolls just won't turn out quite as amazing, but they will still be great.

Step 5: Egg and Butter

Now lets beat our eggs with a fork, then add the eggs to our yeast mixture. Then let's melt our butter until it is just melted, and not too hot, then add that to the mixture. After which, we combine the ingredients with a whisk.

Step 6: Flour, Mix, Towel, Rise

Now we add half of our flour and with a wooden spoon mix until combined, I use the wooden spoon also to scrape along the sides of the bowl. Next add the rest of the flour and combine, stirring until the dough comes together. It will still be fairly sticky. Cover the bowl with a damp towel and let rise for 2 to 2.5 hours. The dough will about triple in size.

Step 7: Cut Up the Dough

After the dough has risen beautifully, we will add some flour and dust the top of our counter or work surface, dump out the dough and shape it into a long log. Then cut the dough in to 4 large pieces, and then cut each of those pieces into 5 smaller pieces. You can make the rolls whatever size you like. But I like the size when I make 20 pieces. For sandwiches or burgers you may want to only do 12. I use a dough scraper/cutter to do this, but you can use a knife as well if you wish.

Step 8: Shape, Place, Spray, Cover

Next we take a little piece of dough and flatten it with our palm, then turn it in on itself, until it forms a ball, and the outside gets nice and smooth. Then place it in a 13x9 inch pan that has been lined with parchment paper. Place the dough balls so they just barely touch the one next to it. Once done, spray the tops with canola oil spray or olive oil spray, or baste the tops with melted butter. We want to make sure they don't stick to the top of our plastic wrap, which we will use to cover the pan with. After they rolls are covered, let the dough rise again for 45 minutes.

Step 9: Bake, Baste, Serve

Now once our dough has risen the second time, we will bake the rolls in the oven at 375 degrees F. (190C) until the tops get nice and golden brown. Then baste the tops of the rolls with softened butter using a basting brush. After they cool a bit, they are ready to eat!! So yummy, soft buttery, dinner rolls! Enjoy!

Step 10: Video Tutorial

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