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How To Make Soft Dinner Rolls, Or Bread at Home

Updated on January 20, 2013

Breads, Breads, Breads!

There is nothing like the aroma of bread baking in the oven as you enter a house, in a cool fall day. The best kind of breads, I find, are the one that has been baked at home with love, and care. You will either make bread because you are forced to make it, like in the stores, or you love to make it, like at home. And then there are those who are forced to make it at home!

In any case, I love to try out different recipes, and then come up with my own. This recipe, that I haven't given a name yet, is what I like making and I usually throw everything in without measuring, but for here I will try to give out the measurement.

These rolls, (can be made into a bread, but I prefer making rolls, as they cook faster), come out nice and soft with a slight sweet taste.



2 cup regular flour,
2 cup wheat flour (brown), and little bit more,
Tbsp, or one pack of active dry yeast
1/3 cup of sugar
1/4 tsp of salt

I egg
1/4 cup oil (canola, or corn)
1 1/4 cup very warm water (more or less)
Or you can use butter if you prefer butter

1/2 cup powdered carnation milk, or any other brand.

Powdered milk is the secret ingredient in this recipe. I find using the powdered milk instead of regular milk, gives it a nice flavor, and texture.

Method is pretty simple

You can use the manual way of mixing and kneading with hands, or use the kitchenaid.

Combine all the dry ingredients together, and mix them well. Mix the egg and the oil together. Combine the egg mixture, and the water to the dry mixture separately in batches. Do not pour all the water at once. You might no need all the water, or you might need more.

If the dough seems too wet, add some flour to it, and if it looks too dry then add water to it little at a time. Once the dough seems smooth (pic), knead it for 10 min by hand or with the mixture.
Once done, transfer it to an oiled bowl, or do like I do, use the same bowl that you used for kneading. Cover it, and let it rise for an hour. If you live in a cold climate like me, then do this, turn your oven on to 200F, and heat it up for 8 to 10 min. You can start the oven while you are kneading the dough. Shut it off and stick your covered dough in the oven.

After it has risen, it should be almost double in size, take it out on a floured surface, and shape them the way you want. Put them on a baking try to leave it for another 15 min. You can glace the tops of the rolls with either butter, egg, or milk.

Preheat the oven to 375F. Bake the rolls for 18 to 20 min., or until they turn golden brown. Take them out and enjoy.

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    • LaThing profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hope this is the right one for you :)

      Thanks for stopping by and for your comment, appreciate it!

    • ThisisShe profile image


      6 years ago

      I will have to try this recipe. I've been looking for a good dinner roll recipe and have yet to find one that I like!

    • LaThing profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thanks for the comment, and reading my hub :)

      Have a great day.....

    • msorensson profile image


      6 years ago

      Great reminder to bake something..Thanks. I shall try it.

    • LaThing profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      I love the smell of freshly baked bread... Mmmm! :)

      Thanks for your comment, and do try it, it's wonderful.

      Have a great day!

    • molometer profile image


      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      There is nothing like the smell of new baked bread.

      Thanks for sharing your recipe's. I will give them a try at the weekend.

    • LaThing profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      @ alocsin, and Pamela, we are here to inspire each other, right? Even if it is making bread :)

      Thank you both for your comments, and the vote. Appreciate it!

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I haven't even used my bread machine for years, let alone made delicious home made rolls but your hub has made me want to get into the kitchen and bake. Thank your for your recipes. Voted up and useful.

    • alocsin profile image


      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      That looks delicious and easy to make. I'll forward this to the family cook. Voting this Up and Useful.

    • rjsadowski profile image


      6 years ago

      I agree with you. The aroma of fresh bread or rolls baking is one of the great pleasures in life - that and the smell of popcorn popping.

    • LaThing profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thanks for the vote! Hope you can try it out some day.

    • Deborah Brooks profile image

      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      this looks delicious.. I love homemade bread. I am book marking this.

      voted up


    • LaThing profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      And I will try to find out the type go flour we have here. Thanks for your comments..... Let me know how you 'Experiment' truns out.

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      Matthew Kirk 

      6 years ago

      To be fair it may be that the best quality flour is grown in canada and the US. Better environment, weather and in some places soil that is ideal for flour, so all of your flour could be 'strong', has a higher gluten content than flour grown in the UK. The problem that presents though is that it doesn't make good biscuits (crackers?), soda bread, or cakes because you don't want the gluten to develop in those things.

      Still your buns are the best looking on here I've seen so far!

      Will have an experiment and let you know how it does :)

    • LaThing profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Wow, your article is very well written! I am not sure what 'strong bread flour' is? Does it have another name here in the States? I prefer baking bread at home also.... So much better. Thanks for sharing your hub. The bread looks really good, will try it, if I can find the strong flour, lol.....

      Try with the powdered milk, see what you get.

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      Matthew Kirk 

      6 years ago

      Never heard of using carnation milk before! Might try it! Is there a reason though that you don't use strong bread flour?

      Check out my just posted recipe and let me know what you think :)

    • LaThing profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      lol, Ahh yes, those calories that do not want to leave us for some reason!

      Hope you like it. It goes like hot cakes here.

      Thanks for reading it.......

    • jandee profile image


      6 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Hello La Thing, a nice reminder to me on how lazy I have become! This very day I shall bake a few rolls,only a few because of the dreaded calories,nice enticing pictures.

      best from jandee


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