Before I begin, just a quick reminder that my April giveaway is in full swing. Claim your free, easy, daily entry here. Don’t forget to visit Jennette’s website, so you can tell me which Thrive food storage item you’d like to try. Jennette has generously provided our wonderful prize.
Have you ever eaten something so delicious, so yummy, you knew there was no way you could ever recreate it in all its glory at home? That’s how I used to feel about Jenna’s rolls. Those lucky enough to know Jenna know what I’m talking about. Her rolls are DIVINE! Just the mere mention of her rolls brings a blissful, longing look to people’s faces. When I mention that I’m bringing “Jenna’s Rolls” somewhere, there is an excitement and longing that cannot be contained. Just the words “Jenna’s Rolls” are spoken with reverence and respect. They are SO GOOD!
Remember when I said my cinnamon roll recipe was amazing? (And they are!) These are better! Perhaps that’s because anything made with white flour and sugar is going to be one of my most favorite things in the world. Bread is better than dessert to me, so you can imagine how much I LOVE these.
Jenna was kind enough to share her recipe last year when she taught a class on making her life changing rolls. Today, I’m going to share her fantabulous rolls with you. These easy, delicious rolls will become a staple in your home. When you share them with friends, they will love you even more than they already do. They will be in awe of your roll-making ability!
Best Dinner Rolls Ever by Jenna
Makes 32 rolls
2 cups almost hot water
1/2 cup sugar or honey (if you use honey, decrease the water by 1/2 cup)
6 cups flour (I use 1/2 all-purpose and 1/2 bread flour, but you can use all-purpose if you don’t have bread flour)
1 stick softened salted butter, plus 2 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 well-beaten egg
Proof yeast by adding a little sugar and the yeast to the water. Let sit until bubbly. (If using instant yeast, you can skip this step.) Add yeast mixture, 3 cups of flour, and remaining sugar to a mixing bowl. Mix well.
Add the remaining flour, butter, salt, and egg to the mixing bowl and mix until well combined. If you are using a stand mixer, turn the mixer to medium and let the mixer knead the dough for 5 minutes. If kneading by hand, knead for about 10 minutes until the dough springs back when depressed.
Cover dough and set aside. Let rise until double (about 45 minutes – 1 hour). Shape into rolls. Let rise again for about 10 minutes or until puffy. Bake in a preheated 400 degree Fahrenheit oven for 12-15 minutes (until light golden brown). Check with a toothpick to see if the dough is still sticky inside. If it is, bake by one minute increments until the toothpick comes out easily. Brush rolls with the 2 tablespoons melted butter. Sprinkle with sugar, if desired.
You can use 1/2 wheat flour and 1/2 white flour if you desire. I’ve used quinoa and ground flax seed as well (with about 1/2 of the mixture other “flours”), and they were still lovely. Not quite as light, but still super yummy.
Here’s my photo step-by-step, so you can make these at home.
And these fabulous rolls are so much less expensive than the rolls you buy at the store. My local Costco carries some pretty good dinner rolls. They’re about $4 for 3 dozen. These cost me about $1.
Better Rolls + Saving Money = SCORE!