Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Honey Yeast Rolls

If there is one thing I just cannot seem to resist, it's good bread. Putting a bread basket in front of me is very dangerous. The type of bread is irrelevant, as long as it is fresh and delicious. Since I love bread so much, (and really who doesn't?) I'm always searching for good recipes. One of my favorite ways to get my bread fix is by baking up some soft, squishy dinner rolls. I love the lightness and the sweetness of a simple, pillowy roll.

I printed this recipe several years ago when I first made it, but it has been a while and I didn't really remember what it was like. I decided that it was time to give it another go this past week, and I am so glad that I did. It's an easy recipe, and it makes a nice amount of simple dinner rolls. There is an optional honey butter glaze that I tried out and really loved. They are nice and sweet, which is how I like my rolls, and very soft. Adding the glaze turned them almost into dessert, it is delicious. If you don't want your rolls to be quite as sweet, just omit it. But if you're looking for a great dinner roll for your Thanksgiving dinner, give these a try. They would also be fabulous the next day for a nice turkey sandwich made with leftovers!

Mix up all the ingredients and do some kneading

Place the dough in a bowl and let rise for a 
few hours

Two hours later; risen and ready to go

Turn out onto a floured board

Knead a few times and then let rest
for a few minutes

Cut it up into pieces, I did 16, but you could
do 10-12 depending on how big
you want them

Place in a greased dish and let rise
(mine didn't all fit in one pan, 
maybe a 9x13 would work?)

Nice and poofy

Brush on the butter honey glaze if 

And bake until golden brown

Honey Yeast Rolls
From: A Cookie a Day

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast 
  • 1 cup warm water 
  • 4 cups bread flour 
  • 1/4 cup honey 
  • 3 tablespoons oil 
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten 
  • 1 tablespoons butter 
  • 1 tablespoons honey 
In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the yeast and warm water. Stir in the honey, egg and oil. Add 3 cups of the flour and the salt and mix until the dough comes together in a sticky mass.

Knead for about 8 minutes while working in the remaining cup of flour until the dough is smooth and elastic, tacky but not too sticky. Do not add too much flour, you want the dough to be soft and supple so the rolls turn out nice and tender instead of dense and tough.

Form the dough into a ball and transfer it to a lightly oiled bowl. Cover the bowl with a damp kitchen towel and let the dough rise until it doubles in bulk, about 2 hours.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 30 seconds. Cover the dough and let it rest for 10 minutes.

Divide the dough into 10-12 equal pieces (or however many you want, I did 16). Shape each piece into a ball and place in a lightly oiled pan or baking sheet. Cover and let rise for about 20 minutes.

Mix together the honey and butter. Brush the mixture on top of the rolls and bake at 400 degrees for 13-15 minutes, until golden brown.


  1. These look amazing, especially with that honey butter glaze! They'd be great for Thanksgiving too!

  2. Yum! These rolls look super scrumptious! Love everything about this recipe.

  3. Thanks you guys! They are definitely a scrumptious option for Thanksgiving dinner!