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Perfectly Soft Dinner Rolls

Do you serve bread at your dinner table? Then these Perfectly Soft Dinner Rolls are yours. Please be warned, they are dangerously delicious and if you’re not careful, they can ruin your appetite.

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Serving bread with your main dish, in some way or another, is so commonplace in one culture and not used at all in the next. Where I come from, bread is a very important component of a daily menu. Traditionally, the Dutch eat bread for breakfast and at lunch-time, but not with their dinner. Having said that, there is a shift. The Dutch start to eat bread at dinner time as well, and the consumption of bread during breakfast and lunch is declining due to alternative options.

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I ended up somewhere in the middle. I mainly serve some type of bread when we eat soup, salad, chili, or a dish that may requiring some ‘scooping’. I usually don’t serve bread during the more regular dinners. Don’t get me wrong, I love bread, but I prefer to enjoy the main dish and not fill up with bread. Or eat more than I want, simply because I love it so much.

The recipe of these Perfectly Soft Dinner Rolls came from Recipe Tin Eats. I made one simple change; I eliminate the sugar from the recipe. The result in still perfect, hence the name. And the beauty is, they are no knead.

How to Make Perfectly Soft Dinner Rolls

  1. Wake up and feed the yeast by adding it to lukewarm water with just a tiny pinch of sugar. I know I said earlier that I eliminated sugar from this recipe and I did. This pinch is so tiny, it won’t make a difference.
  2. Mix flour, salt, milk, melted butter, beaten egg and yeast mixture, creating a dough.
  3. Cover the bowl and allow the dough to rise.
  4. Cut dough into 6 dinner rolls.
  5. Place rolls in a oven-safe dish, cover and allow to rise again.
  6. Place rolls in a preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter for a perfect shine.
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Aren’t they beautiful. I could have done a little better job in the shaping department, but all in all great buns.

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Perfectly Soft Dinner Rolls

Author: Marinka
Do you serve bread at your dinner table? Then these Perfectly Soft Dinner Rolls are yours. Please be warned, that they are dangerously delicious and if you’re not careful, may ruin your appetite.
Prep Time3 hours
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time3 hours 20 minutes
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Servings: 6 rolls


  • 1/2 tablespoon dry yeast
  • 1 pinch sugar tiny pinch
  • 1/4 cup water warm
  • 2 1/4 cup bread flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk warm
  • 1 3/4 tablespoon butter melted and cooled
  • 1 egg lightly beater

For Brushing

  • 1 teaspoon butter melted


  • Pour warm water in a bowl and add yeast and a tiny pinch of sugar. Allow yeast to work mixture into a frothy surface. This takes 5-10 minutes. (note 1)
  • Place flour and salt in a mixing bowl, add the yeast mixture, salt, milk, butter and egg.
  • Mix until combined; it is a slightly sticky dough. You can use a spoon or your hands.
  • Cover the bowl and allow to rise in a warm place for about 1-2 hours until doubled or more. You will see bubble in the dough.
  • Dust your work place with flour, take the dough out of the bowl and shape it into a log. No need to knead.
  • Cut the log in 6 pieces.
  • Form a ball of each piece and place all 6 in a with parchment-paper-lined baking dish.
  • Cover with plastic foil that you first sprayed with oil or cooking spray to avoid sticking to the rolls.
  • Now allow the rolls to rise again. This will take about 45 minutes.
  • Once the 2nd rise is completed, place the dish in a preheated oven of 390 degrees F and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the top of the rolls is golden brown. Tap with your nail to hear a hollow sound.
  • Remove rolls from oven and brush with the melted butter for a beautiful shine.
  • Place dinner rolls on a wire rack to cool a little before serving.


  1. The tiny pinch of sugar is to wake-up and feed the yeast. It is such a small amount of sugar that I still call the rolls sugar-free


Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 346mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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