These Easy Rosemary Dinner Rolls take hardly any time to make and are a great addition to your family dinner.
Let me preface this blog post by saying that I am in now way a bread maker. In fact, the first time I made anything with yeast was when I made my pretzel wrapped hot dogs for this blog! From that point, I was hooked. I loved cooking with yeast and creating stretchy dough. I ventured off and made pizza dough which turned into the most delicious sausage onion mushroom pizza. I even made my own homemade hamburger buns. Why had I been so intimidated all those years? I suppose all those years of taking extra care not to over handle my pie crust, I had a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that bread has to be kneaded (and what felt like overworked) to activate the gluten. Ah cooking – its pure science. Reason # 43 why I love it.
I made these rolls as a last minute decision when we were having friends over for dinner. I was making good old fashioned comfort food: some damn good roast chicken, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and green beans with corn. I felt like I needed some dinner rolls to go with the meal but I didn’t have any store bought ones. I went out on a limb to throw together a quick and easy recipe. Like most things, if you add a ton of fresh herbs, it will be delicious. I was so pleased (and surprised) that these rolls turned out so well! Again, why has bread seemed so scary all these years? They were a big hit with our friends and I felt like a kid squishing a big pad of butter in the center of a warm dinner roll. YUM!
quick dinner rolls
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water
- 1/3 cup melted unsalted butter
- 2 packets active dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 egg beaten
- 3 1/2 cups bread flour
- 1/4 cup fresh rosemary minced
- 1 tablespoon butter
- In bowl of stand mixer, combine warm water, 1/3 cup melted butter, yeast and sugar. Whisk together and let stand for 15 minutes until foamy.
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Once it hits temperature, turn oven off and crack the door.
- Prepare baking sheet by greasing with butter or lining with silpat.
- Add salt, egg, bread flour, and rosemary to mixer. Attach dough hook and stir on low speed until combined. Increase speed to medium and knead for 3 minutes. Dough will be very sticky.
- Coat hands with additional flour and drop 12 balls of dough on baking sheet. They might be too sticky to form perfect balls - totally okay.
- Place baking sheet in warm oven and allow bread to rise for 10 minutes.
- Increase temperature to 400 degrees F. Bake rolls until golden brown, about 10 minutes.
- Remove rolls from oven and spread tablespoon of butter on the tops of the rolls (it will melt as you rub it). Serve immediately or store in air tight container