Soft and fluffy dinner rolls baked until golden then brushed with garlic and oregano-infused butter is a delicious, easy side dish recipe.
Is there anything more glorious than a soft, fresh dinner roll slathered in garlicky-oregano butter? I think not. And I know that baking your own bread rolls might seem like a mission to many people but honestly, these easy dinner rolls come together in no time at all and they are SO worth it.
I use my stand mixer to make the dough from scratch which comes in especially handy when you’re in a hurry but you can definitely knead the dough by hand if you wanted to.
These homemade dinner rolls are so soft and fluffy on the inside and the flavor is just perfection and they are so moreish. I challenge you to only have one. These are the perfect side dish to pretty much anything. A big bowl of warming chili, soups, stews or with a bowl of pasta with enough sauce to mop up with the pillowy bread. Yum!
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How do you make soft dinner rolls?
For soft dinner rolls I use all purpose or cake flour which is a much softer flour than bread flour and will result in fluffy, soft dinner rolls. Make sure you knead the bread dough well to ensure the gluten is properly stretched and worked which will also result in a much softer bread roll.
How do you make dinner rolls from scratch?
Using a simple bread recipe makes dinner rolls a breeze to make from scratch. Start by combining all purpose/cake flour and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer. In a separate jug, combine the luke warm water (you want the water to be warm enough to activate the yeast but not so hot that it kills it. If you put your finger in the water, it should feel almost like nothing. This is called “blood temperature”), dried yeast and sugar and allow to stand for a few minutes until the yeast becomes frothy.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix with the dough hook until combined then allow to knead for 2-3 minutes until the dough is smooth. The dough will be slightly sticky but that is exactly how you want it. Form rolls by breaking off small handfuls of the dough and rolling between your hands.
Place in a baking dish lined with parchment paper then allow to rise for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF. Bake the dinner rolls until golden brown then brush with the garlic-oregano butter as soon as they come out of the oven.
Can you freeze dinner roll dough?
Yes, you can freeze bread dough. Make the dough and place in a freezer bag (Ziploc bag) then freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw the dough at room temperature. Allow to rise for 1 hour before forming and baking the dinner rolls.
What do you eat with dinner rolls?
- Easy Vegetable soup
- Chicken chili bowls
- Slow cooked beef ragu
- Mexican chicken soup with charred baby corn
- Classic bolognese sauce
- My gran’s juicy roast turkey
Easy garlic butter dinner rolls
- 5 cups flour (I used cake flour which gives a more delicate texture to the bread)
- 1½ teaspoons salt
- 2 cups 500ml lukewarm water
- 1 x 10g sachet instant yeast
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
for the garlic butter
- ½ cup butter
- 3 garlic cloves crushed
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Combine the flour and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment.
- In a jug, combine the lukewarm water, yeast and sugar and mix well.
- Pour the yeast mixture into the flour and mix on a low speed until the dough starts to come together. Add the oil and continue mixing until the dough has come away from the sides of the bowl. Continue mixing for another 2 minutes.
- If doing this by hand, follow the same directions but once the dough comes together in the bowl, turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes.
- If needed, add a little more water. The dough needs to be soft and smooth and a little sticky.
- Once the dough has been kneaded, place in a greased bowl and cover with cling film. Allow to rise for 1 hour.
- After an hour, knock back the dough and form rolls (mine were just slightly smaller than a tennis ball).
- Place the rolls in a baking dish of your choice lined with parchment paper.
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F.
- Place the rolls in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Tap the top of the rolls, if they sound hollow they are done.
- In the meantime, combine all the ingredients for the garlic butter in a small saucepan and melt together.
- When the rolls come out of the oven, brush them generously with the garlic butter and serve.