One-Hour Dinner Rolls Recipe
If you're short on time but still crave the comfort of fresh bread with your dinner, these Amish 1-hour dinner rolls are an ideal solution. They offer a speedy alternative to traditional dinner rolls, which require a lengthier rising process.
Soft, fluffy, and with a hint of sweetness, these rolls make a delectable accompaniment to soups, stews, roasts, and any other main dish that calls for bread. Plus, if you happen to have leftovers, you can freeze them for future enjoyment.
All in all, these one-hour dinner rolls are a fantastic way to relish the goodness of homemade bread without spending countless hours in the kitchen. They're perfect for busy weeknights or last-minute dinner plans!
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Amish Yeast Rolls
Most yeast bread and rolls require at least one and a half to two hours of rising time. So how is it possible to make yeast rolls in one hour?
Are we sacrificing on texture or flavor? Absolutely not. These rolls are super pillowy and delicious. And they are still wonderfully soft the next day as well.
One of the key reasons why one-hour yeast rolls do not require a longer rising time is because they use a higher amount of yeast than other recipes. The increased yeast content helps to speed up the rising process. It allows the dough to double in size more quickly and develop the desired texture and flavor in a shorter amount of time.
In addition to the higher yeast content, one-hour yeast rolls also use ingredients like sugar, milk, and eggs, which help to promote yeast activity and accelerate the rising process. These ingredients provide additional nutrients for the yeast, helping to create a strong, healthy dough that can rise more quickly while still maintaining a light and fluffy texture.
Some recipes for one-hour rolls will tell you to use instant yeast. But that is not actually necessary since active dry yeast works just as well.
Amish White Bread Rolls
Growing up in an Amish home, homemade bread and rolls were staples in our diet. In fact, I think we probably had some type of bread or rolls with almost every meal.
Homemade bread is a cheap filler. It's high in carbs and keeps you full longer. We didn't eat many snacks between meals, and we worked hard. Therefore, we typically ate hearty meals to sustain our energy levels until the next meal.
Ingredients to Make Soft Dinner Rolls
These wonderfully soft and easy dinner rolls require only eight simple ingredients, which you likely already have in your kitchen.
- Water: Liquid activates the yeast. And while we could activate the yeast in the milk, we are using a bit of water in this recipe.
- Milk: For the softest dinner rolls, use whole milk. Nondairy or low-fat milk works too, but whole milk produces phenomenal flavor and texture.
- Butter: Butter promises a flavorful and soft dinner roll.
- Yeast: You can use active dry yeast or instant yeast. I always keep active dry yeast stored in my refrigerator, and that is what I use in all my recipes.
- Sugar: Sugar feeds the yeast, increases its activity, and tenderizes the dough.
- Egg: One egg provides structure and flavor.
- Salt: You can’t make flavorful bread without salt!
- Flour: You can use all-purpose flour or bread flour in this recipe. All-purpose flour is convenient for most, but bread flour produces chewier dinner rolls. And it helps to keep them soft longer. So it is certainly the recommended choice.
In this recipe, you'll notice that brown sugar is used, and while it is possible to substitute it with white sugar, there's a specific reason why brown sugar is preferred.
Brown sugar contains molasses, which gives it a distinct flavor and moisture. When brown sugar is used in yeast rolls, it contributes to a soft and tender texture and adds a subtle caramel-like sweetness. Additionally, the acidity in molasses helps to activate the yeast, which is important in the rising process of the dough.
Kitchen Aid 60-Minute Rolls (Easy Yeast Roll for Beginners)
Making these simple dinner rolls is very quick and easy, including only a few steps.
- Mix the dough. If you have a large mixer with a dough hook (such as a Kitchen Aid), you can mix the dough ingredients with your mixer. Or you can mix them by hand.
- Knead the dough. (Again, this can be done by hand or with your mixer.)
- Cover the dough and let it rise. Set your dough in a warm place and let it rest for 15 minutes.
- Punch down the dough to release the air. Divide the dough and shape it into rolls.
- Let the rolls rise for about 15 minutes.
- Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown. Then brush the warm rolls with a little butter. (I usually just rub a stick of butter over the tops.)
These homemade Amish dinner rolls should only take approximately sixty minutes from start to finish. And believe me, they are worth every bit of that time.
Homemade Hamburger Buns
This recipe can also be used to make hamburger or hot dog buns.
To make hamburger buns, shape the dough into a flat circle about one inch thick. Leave more space between the buns so that they can spread instead of rising tall.
Funny story: the other night I wanted to grill hamburgers for dinner, but I only had a couple of hamburger buns on hand. (I know, you can use bread for hamburgers, but I prefer buns.)
So I decided that I am going to make homemade buns for our burgers. They turned out great, and everyone loved them.
A couple of days later, my two boys were having chicken pattie sandwiches for lunch. And there was one leftover hamburger bun in the pantry and a couple of store-bought buns. And I kid you not, they were fighting over who gets the homemade bun. (lol)
They asked me to settle the argument by picking a number between one and a hundred, to see who gets the homemade bun. 🙂 But I agree, these Amish dinner rolls are better than store-bought!
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Amish Dinner Rolls Recipe (60 Minute Rolls)
- 1/2 c. warm water (approx. 110°)
- 2 Tbsp. yeast
- 4 Tbsp. butter
- 1 c. warm milk
- 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/4 tsp. salt
- 4 - 4 1/4 c. bread flour
- In a large mixing bowl, add yeast to warm water and let it rest for a few minutes.1/2 c. warm water (approx. 110°), 2 Tbsp. yeast
- Melt the butter and warm the milk (make sure it's lukewarm, not hot, before adding it to the yeast). Mix the butter, milk, and sugar. Then add this to the bubbly yeast.4 Tbsp. butter, 1 c. warm milk, 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
- Add the egg and mix.1 large egg
- Add the salt and 4 c. flour. Mix.1 1/4 tsp. salt, 4 - 4 1/4 c. bread flour
- Knead with the dough hook, on speed 2 for a couple of minutes. If it's sticky, add a bit more flour. The sides of the bowl should be clean. (If you don't have a mixer with a dough hook, you can knead it by hand.)
- Cover with a towel and set aside to rest for 15 minutes.
- Divide the dough into 15 - 20 balls. Shape with buttered hands and place them into a greased 9x13" pan. Or you can put them into round pans if desired. (Leave a little space between each bun. If you prefer taller buns, put them closer together. If you want wider buns, leave more space between them. I usually put this recipe into a 9x13" pan - 3 wide, 5 long. But you can easily make more buns if you want them smaller, and use another smaller pan to bake.)
- Cover with a tea towel, and let them rise in a warm place, for 15 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 400°.
- Bake for 15 - 18 minutes or until golden. (In my oven, 15 minutes is perfect for smaller buns, but larger buns need a bit longer baking time.)
- Remove from the oven and brush the tops with butter. Let them rest for a few minutes, then pull apart and serve.
- Store in an airtight bag or container, and you can freeze some to keep them fresh for later.