This particular recipe is similar in flavor and texture to those rolls, but it is meant to be made using a bread machine so it it is a little different. I have made bread and rolls without a bread machine but it’s a bit trickier to get it just right. So I was thrilled when my mom found a like new bread machine at a yard sale a couple of years ago and she gave me her older one. I started making bread and then discovered it could be used to easily make dough. I was in heaven! Now my favorite use for it is to mix dough for cinnamon rolls, dinner rolls or pizza.
Using a Bread Machine
- I prefer using a bread machine for making dough because it is much easier. All you have to do is put in the ingredients and it basically makes the dough for you. This particular recipe is specifically for using in a bread machine on the dough cycle. You could probably do the same the traditional way, but I have never tried this recipe that way.
- Be sure to check the dough a couple of times at the beginning of the cycle just to make sure you are getting a good consistency. It will take a few minutes to form the dough, but you want to make sure it is not too wet or dry. If dough looks very crumbly and dry, add a bit more liquid (about 1-2 tablespoons at a time). If dough is very wet, add a little flour (about 1-2 tablespoons at a time).
NOTE: If you don’t have a bread machine but still want to try making these rolls, check out this video tutorial on Fine Cooking for instructions on how to make rolls in a stand mixer. You could mix it in a bowl and knead by hand if you don’t have a stand mixer either. It also has instructions on how to shape different types of rolls.
About Making Dinner Rolls
- It is important, especially when using a bread machine that you carefully measure your ingredients. To measure flour, spoon the flour into a measuring cup and level with a knife.
- There are a number of ways to form rolls. The recipe below has instructions for a basic round roll.
Types of Rolls (Click the name below for instructions on how to shape each type):
- Parker House Rolls : These rolls are slightly flattened balls that are folded over.
- Cloverleaf Rolls: These rolls look like what the name suggests, a cloverleaf. They are made by placing three small balls of dough in a muffin tin. They are much more time-consuming to make, but are my favorite.
- Pull Apart Rolls: These are similar to regular rolls, but they are place closer together in a baking dish so that the sides end up touching when baked.
- Knotted Rolls: These rolls have a twisted shape.
- Butterflake Rolls: These rolls bake in muffin tins, similar to cloverleafs, but the tops look layered instead of rounded.
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