≡ Menu

Soft and Tender Dinner Rolls

dinner rolls

Ok, guys, I have WEIRD dreams.  I always have.  And sometimes they’re pretty vivid.  I usually go back and forth throughout the year between not remembering my dreams and waking up in the middle of the night shaking my head because what the heck??

The other night I had a dream where someone was chasing me, so I did what any reasonable person would do…I decided to fly away.  There’s only one problem with flying in my dreams: despite years of doing it, I’ve never been able to perfect it.  My flying is more like floating and gently knocking against walls and trees like some kind of cross between a balloon and pinball.  That creates all kinds of other problems.  I always end up thinking “How the heck am I going to get down?”  😄

My cat Gus likes to sit on shoulders.  He’s weird that way.  So of course I had a dream that I was a pirate. And Gus was my parrot. He actually kept changing back and forth between an orange cat and a green parrot throughout the dream.  Ok…??  Then there was one specific moment in my dream where I looked out at the ocean and thought, “I hope someone else knows where we’re going.”  That’s the dream that led to the head shaking.

Then there are my celebrity dreams.  I’m not really big into celebrities in the first place, but what makes it even more bizarre is I’ll have dreams about celebrities that I don’t think one way or another about.  A couple weeks ago I had a dream where I had lunch with Sandra Bullock and I had salad all over my face.  I honestly cannot remember the last Sandra Bullock movie I saw.  Do you guys have vivid dreams?  Tell me they’re as weird as mine. 😉

dinner rolls

Speaking of dreaming, you might think you’re dreaming looking at this post.  Didn’t I just have a dinner roll post?  Well, I just couldn’t help myself.  When I get in the mood for a type of food I go whole ham. 🙂  Last summer was the summer of bread.  I can’t even count how many bread posts I had.  And it looks like wonderful carbs have enticed me again.  They are the sirens to my Odysseus…except Odysseus ended up with more willpower than me.

These dinner rolls are so tender and soft when they come out of the oven.  Seriously. Yum.  They are almost begging to be made into sliders. You know those recipes that seem to be really popular lately where you cut all the buns, add meat and cheese, and then bake it all until it’s warm and gooey?  Do that with these rolls!  My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Maybe now I’ll dream about them.  Maybe I’ll munch on one while flying. 😉

(From an overnight refrigerator roll recipe on Better Homes and Gardens)

dinner rolls

Soft and Tender Dinner Rolls
  • 1¼ cups warm water
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 4-4¼ cups all purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup melted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the water and yeast. Stir to combine.
  2. Add 1½ cups of the flour, the sugar, butter, egg, and salt. Mix on low for one minute, and then scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  3. Using a wooden spoon, mix in enough of the remainder of the flour to make a soft dough that pulls away from the sides of the bowl. The dough will be sticky.
  4. Coat a large bowl with cooking spray and set the dough in the bowl, turning it around to grease it completely.
  5. Cover loosely and chill overnight.
  6. The next day punch the dough down and turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface.
  7. Split the dough in half and cover for ten minutes.
  8. Grease a 9x13 pan.
  9. Shape the dough into 24 small balls, careful not to overwork the dough. Place the dough balls in the prepared baking pan, cover, and let rest in a warm place for an additional 45 minutes. They should be about doubled in size.
  10. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  11. Brush the rolls with a little melted butter or milk if you'd like, then bake for 20-25 minutes, or until tops are golden brown.


{ 14 comments… add one }
  • Aria April 2, 2016, 3:10 pm

    Ooh, these look delicious! As I’ve said before, I’m a carbivore, so many dinner roll posts are fine with me! 🙂 Oh my! Haha Those are such weird dreams! How do you manage to dream? I never can. Haven’t the gift 🙂

    • Amanda April 3, 2016, 12:15 pm

      Thanks! Wow, I can’t imagine not dreaming. I wish mine weren’t so vivid. It makes me feel like I’ve walked a marathon sometimes when I get up. Haha.

  • Eva @ Eva Bakes April 3, 2016, 2:53 pm

    OMG – we have the same dream! I am constantly being chased and I fly away to escape. The feeling is like when I come up for air after diving to the bottom of a pool.

    • Amanda April 4, 2016, 9:59 am

      I’m glad there is someone else who has the weird flying dreams. Yes, you’re body feels really strange. Haha. I’m not alone!

  • Kate @ Framed Cooks April 4, 2016, 5:12 am

    Wow, your dreams are like the movies! I know I have dreams, but I can’t ever seem to remember the specifics of them once I wake up. I will definitely remember the specifics of these delectable rolls though!

    • Amanda April 4, 2016, 9:59 am

      Thanks! Haha, it’s probably a good thing most people don’t dream like me. I wake up tired, haha!

  • Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy April 4, 2016, 7:18 am

    These DO look so soft and tender. I was actually just craving dinner rolls last night… I’ll have to give these a try! 🙂

    • Amanda April 4, 2016, 10:00 am

      Thanks, Jennifer! I’m glad I’m not the only one who craves dinner rolls! 🙂

  • Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary April 4, 2016, 9:47 am

    I think we all have weird dreams… or at least I have wack-a-doo dreams too! 😉 And as far as I’m concerned you can post all the bread recipes your little heart desires, because they all look delish! Especially these dinner rolls! Soft and tender dinner rolls are the jam and I’m totally wishing I could shove a few of these carb-a-licious babies right into my pie hole…. errr carb hole? 😉 Cheers, girlie!

    • Amanda April 4, 2016, 10:01 am

      Thanks, Cheyanne! I might have to start calling my mouth my carb hole. That’s 90 percent of what I eat anyway, right? 🙂

  • Angie April 5, 2016, 3:50 am

    I love this post and recipe b/c I love soft, fluffy, super tender and delicate rolls. These rolls look like bread heaven!

    • Amanda April 5, 2016, 9:08 am

      Thanks so much!

  • Mir April 5, 2016, 5:10 am

    When I fly in my dreams, I’m basically running in the air. If my legs stop moving, I come back down. So I’m probably getting a workout in there somewhere!
    These are worth waking up to. I want them for breakfast!

    • Amanda April 5, 2016, 9:09 am

      Thanks! Yeah, I always kind of hope I’m burning some calories in there somewhere.

Leave a Comment

Rate this recipe: