Family Style Fluffy Buttermilk Rolls Recipe

Super tender buttermilk dinner rolls are so fun to make and even more fun to serve to your family and guests. Made with 2 special ingredients to enhance the long yeasted rise.

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These super tender buttermilk dinner rolls are so fun to make and even more fun to serve to your family and guests. The aroma is incredible. And the oohs and ahhs welling up from the table make it all worth while.

Buttermilk Biscuits yeasted in a round ceramic baking dish by bake this bread

Secret Ingredients Work Wonders: The secret ingredients in these dinner rolls to make them light and tender — dried buttermilk powder and dried egg whites. The buttermilk powder adds a great little tang of flavor and seems to tenderize the dough. And I like using dried egg whites because this works perfectly for a long-rising yeasted dough.

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Rise And Shine: I use usually use fresh dairy for bread dough but, lately, I feel more comfortable using high quality dried substitutions when a long rise time is needed outside of the refrigerator. Leaving milk or egg products to sit on a warm counter for hours always makes me a little nervous. Plus (it might be my imagination but) I think these dried dairy products work miracles in this recipe over fresh. An added plus – dried dairy products travel easily for family “away” gatherings and make for great camp cooking.

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Slow Food Set Aside Time: The mixing of ingredients takes just a few minutes but there is an initial 10 minute “shag hold”, there are 2 dough rising sessions that last for about 1 hour each and, once the rolls bake for about 30 minutes, the hot rolls should rest for about 10 minutes before serving. All total, that’s about 3 hours — so be sure to set aside enough slow food time to ensure that these heavenly rolls are not rushed to the table. Trust me, it’s worth the wait!

Yeasted homemade buttermilk rolls served from the ceramic baking dish by bake this bread

Bake And Serve Dish: We used a deep dish pie baker that moves easily from oven to table. I love the idea of serving these biscuits straight from the baking pan.Here are the rolls almost ready to go into the oven for a holiday feast…

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Yeasted Buttermilk Dinner Rolls Tools:
Large bowl
Wooden spoon or Danish Whisk
Measuring cups and spoons
Plastic wrap for covering the bowl during 1st rise
Round 9″ deep dish baker
Basting brush
Water misting device (or use your fingers dipped in a bowl of water to sprinkle water)
Optional but highly recommended: Fast-read temperature probe

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Ingredients for Yeasted Buttermilk Dinner Rolls:
3 cups bread flour (we used King Arthur Unbleached Bread Flour)
3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon dried buttermilk powder
1 Tablespoon dried egg whites
1 teaspoon salt
2-1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast (or bread machine yeast)
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup warm water

For the top brush before baking:
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon water

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Directions for Fluffy Buttermilk Yeasted Dinner Rolls:

1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.

2. Make a Shag Dough: Stir ingredients with a wooden spoon or Danish Whisk until the flour is incorporated into the mix but without forming a ball or squeezing the ingredients together in any way. Let the dough rest in this “shag” stage for about 10 minutes. Tip: The dough will be softer to work with once it sits on the counter for a bit.

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3. Gather up the shag dough and form it into a ball. Knead the dough well with your hands by pressing it between your hands (if you think it will stick to the counter) and then, at the point when the dough is no longer sticky, knead it by pressing it against the counter and really working it out for 8 minutes. Tip: If absolutely necessary, you could add a sprinkle of extra flour to keep the dough from being sticky after the first 3 minutes of kneading it in your hands.

4. Wash your dough bowl, rinse it in warm water, dry it and butter it on the inside bottom and sides. Form the dough into one nice, big, smooth, round ball shape and place it in the prepared bowl to rest.

5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit in a warm spot for about 1 hour. If the oven is free, put it in the oven with just the light on (no heat) and close the door. The top of the refrigerator is another good option. The dough should rise to at least to double in size.

6. Punch the dough once with your fist to deflate it and watch it sink (it will rise again).

7. Remove the dough from the bowl and divide it into 10 pieces, rolling and forming smooth, round balls. (The dough rises to its highest when the dough is nicely smoothed.)

8. Place 8 of the balls in a circle around the edges of a 9″ deep dish baker and place 2 dough balls in the center of the baking dish. (At this point, they will not touch each other…but they will grow.)

9. Use a water mister to spray the rolls lightly (or hand sprinkle) and let rise for 1 hour. The dough should rise to the top of your baking dish. I like to spray them again once or twice during this second rise phase to keep them moist and growing. Tip: Let the rise to the level that you’d like them to be as they will puff slightly in the oven but not too much more than the starting stage.

Homemade Yeasted Buttermilk Biscuits after 2nd rise by bake this bread

10. Just before baking, use a brush to baste the tops of each roll gently (so as not to deflate them) with 1 egg yolk mixed with 1 teaspoon of water. Tip: The yolk wash will seal in the moisture and make the tops of the rolls a gorgeous golden color.

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Bake at 350 degrees in a pre-heated oven on the center rack for about 30 minutes or until the internal temperature probe reaches 189 degrees and the tops of the rolls are a nice, rich, golden color. The egg yolk baste will keep the tops of the rolls nice and shiny.

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I hope you will have a chance to make these yeasted dinner rolls one day soon for your family and friends. And after you make a batch, I also hope that you will teach somehow else how to make them as well. Sort of like bread baking-it-forward — to keep alive that most awesome kitchen craft of yeast bread making!




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Follow the photos to bake this bread – Photo Graphics Homemade Bread Rolls

Follow the photos to bake a lovely round of homemade yeast bread rolls!

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Welcome to easy step-by-step old-fashioned bread-making Right on your counter-top! No fancy bread machines required! (And if you have a machine, just put that thing away!) Just lock and load the dough on a lightly floured counter top and pull out a tiny bit of muscle power and you’re off. Don’t forget to haul your friends or your kids to the kitchen to watch or help. And kick up the music ’cause it’s cool and fun to make your own lovely homemade scratch bread or rolls just like great-grandma used to do.

Here’s how to make lovely homemade yeast rolls…

Plop the ingredients into a large bowl.

Tip: A yeast packet is about 2-1/2 teaspoons of yeast. You can use rapid rise or bread machine yeast or 1 refrigerated cake or just about any other type of yeast for this recipe.

Double tip: Bread flour or all-purpose flour will do the trick and unsalted butter is best but not required.

Triple tip: In the photos, t=teaspoon, T=Tablespoon.
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Stir the bread batter it with a wooden spoon…

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Stir it until it forms a nice ball…

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Dust a little flour on the counter-top and knuckle into the dough, flapping it over and pushing with the heel of your hand. Set the timer and turn on your favorite music…

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After 10 minutes of bread kneading magic (aka bread meditation time), your dough will look like this…

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Let’s make nice dinner rolls with it using a 4″ circle cutter (even an upside down glass or wide-mouth jar will do).

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Roll the circle lightly…

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Roll it on the counter-top (see the stages of flat to curled to rolled on the right sidee of the tray in the photo below) and shape it like this…

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Rest the rolled dough on a cookie sheet (or other pan) that is lightly sprayed with cooking spray or rubbed with butter. Let them hang in a warm place (like the oven with the light on) for one hour.

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Check on your little dough babies, maybe spray them with a little water and let them continue to rise for another hour…

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When the second hour has elapsed, they will look something like this…

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Bake them in a hot 350 oven on a buttered cookie sheet pan for about 20 minutes until golden brown…

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They will look like this (and they will smell heavenly!)…

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Different shapes are good ’cause that means they’re homemade…

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Brush them with a little melted butter…

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Okay, yum!

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Your little baby bread rolls are going to go fast at the table, I can assure you!

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When the butter soaks into the rolls, they look like this, all decked out in a cut handkerchief-lined basket for your holiday dinner table…

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Slice them open and find soft, white country style homemade bread rolls for supper.

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Spread them with a little butter (or not) and you’ve got yourself some history in the making…

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Thank you for joining me on this little photo adventure through bread baking land. 😀

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Here’s some first time bread bakers learning the ropes…

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