One Hour Dinner Rolls

Simple from-scratch dinner rolls that are a complement to soups or salads, any time! (For the fluffiest rolls, total time may exceed one hour…)

24 dinner rolls

1/2 cup warm water (115 degrees F)
1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1/2 tablespoon sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups warm milk (115 degrees F)
1/2 cup oil or melted butter
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon honey or molasses
1/3 cup sugar
6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour or bread flour, approximately

In a 2-cup measuring cup or small mixing bowl, combine the water,
yeast, and 1/2 tablespoon sugar. Stir with a fork to combine, and then
set aside. (Mixture will get foamy.)

2. In a 4-cup measuring cup (or medium-large mixing bowl), lightly
beat the eggs. Add the warm milk, oil or butter, salt, honey or
molasses, and 1/3 cup sugar. Stir to combine.

3. In a medium-large mixing bowl, combine the two wet mixtures and
stir. Stir in enough flour to form a soft dough, and continue to add
flour and knead until a smooth, elastic dough forms (about 10-15

If using a bread machine: Pour both wet mixtures
into bread machine, add about 4 cups of flour, and turn on the dough
cycle. Add more flour as needed to make a smooth, soft dough. Scrape
sides of bread machine pan with a gentle spatula if needed as it mixes.
When dough is smooth and elastic, turn off bread machine. Continue with
step 4.

If using a stand mixer: Pour both wet mixtures into
mixer bowl. Add about 4-5 cups of the flour and allow it to mix (or
knead with a dough hook) until a smooth, soft dough forms, adding more
flour as needed. When dough is smooth and elastic, turn off mixer and
continue with step 4.

4. Allow dough to rest for 5-10 minutes, covered. While dough is
resting, grease two 11×15-inch baking sheets. Turn oven on to 200
degrees and set a timer for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes, turn off the
oven. (Leave the door shut so it stays warm inside!)

5. Separate or cut dough into 24 pieces. I divide in half, then
divide each half in half again. Now I have fourths, and I divide each of
those in half. Now I have 8 pieces of dough, and I divide each piece
into 3 pieces, resulting in 24 pieces. 🙂

6. Form each piece of dough into a roll. To make Kaiser (or
rosette-shaped) dinner rolls like the ones in these pictures, roll each
piece of dough into a rope about 8 inches long. Tie the rope into a
knot, with two long “tails” remaining. Tuck one tail under and one tail
over, tucking in the middle, to make the rosette shape.

7. Place rolls on greased sheets. Cover lightly with a clean towel
and place sheets in the warm oven (do not turn back on!) and allow to
rise until nearly doubled. This should take about 25 minutes if your
oven was pre-warmed, your yeast was good, etc. It MAY take longer,
though, which is why I recommend starting these rolls in plenty of time
for dinner (more like two hours in advance instead of just one!).

8. When rolls are almost doubled in size, remove them from the oven.
Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. Bake rolls for about 15-20 minutes,
until done.

Serve hot and enjoy! Leftover rolls should be stored in an air-tight bag or container.

Easy homemade whole wheat crackers that taste remarkably similar to Wheat Thins! Thin, crunchy, and salty — you will love these crackers! Yield: 

About 8 ounces of crackers

1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon paprika
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold butter, sliced
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Salt, for topping

Combine flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, sugar, and paprika in a medium bowl.
Cut in butter with a fork or pastry blender, until small crumbs form.
Or, combine the dry ingredients and butter in a food processor bowl and
pulse until crumbly.

2. Make a well in the center, and add the water and vanilla. Stir to
mix, then use clean hands to knead a few times, just enough to form a
ball of dough. (Add just a tad more water, only if needed.) Divide dough
into two pieces and cover with a clean towel.

3. Lightly grease two 11×15-inch baking sheets* and sprinkle lightly with salt. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

4. On a lightly floured counter, roll each piece of dough into a thin
rectangle approximately 11×15 inches. (Be sure to lightly flour the
dough as you roll, so it doesn’t stick to the counter!)

5. Transfer the sheet of dough to the baking sheet. Use a pizza
cutter or sharp knife to cut dough into squares. Trim edges if desired.
Sprinkle tops with salt.

6. Bake at 400 degrees for 5-10 minutes, until crisp and lightly
browned. Crackers will become more crispy as they cool, so don’t
over-bake! (Remove edge crackers that are getting too dark if the middle
crackers aren’t quite done yet, and continue baking.)

7. Remove baked crackers from sheets and cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or cool, plain or with dips or  and store leftover crackers in a sealed bag or container.

One Hour Dinner Rolls

This recipe is from Tammy’s Recipes.