This easy, basic, yeast, sweet-bread recipe uses only eight ingredients and can be made into dinner rolls, cinnamon rolls or sticky buns.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk, sugar and butter. Heat until slightly warm to the touch then remove from heat and stir in the yeast. Let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.

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  • In a large bowl, stir together the flour and salt. Mix in the eggs, oil and the yeast mixture. Mix until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and continue to knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Grease a large bowl with 1 tablespoon of oil. Place the dough into the bowl and turn once to coat. Cover and let stand in a warm place until double in size, about 1 hour.

  • Use remaining oil to grease a cookie sheet or 9x13 inch pan. For plain rolls, punch down dough and divide into 12 equal pieces. Roll the pieces into balls and place them into the greased pan side by side. Let dough rise for 20 to 25 minutes, or until almost double. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until rolls are golden brown.

Nutrition Facts

263 calories; protein 6.5g 13% DV; carbohydrates 38.7g 13% DV; fat 9.1g 14% DV; cholesterol 46.2mg 15% DV; sodium 154.5mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2004
Great easy recipe. I've used it to make cinnamon pull-apart bread several times. If you are new to using yeast and hot liquids, I'd suggest some caution -- it's easy to kill the yeast if you let the milk get too hot on the stove. Use a themometer if you can't "guess" what about 115 degrees feels like. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/06/2004
Attempted this recipe twice. The dough never rose. I've made bread before and never had dough not rise before. My yeast was new and the place I put the dough dark and warm. I don't know what happened but I will not be attempting this recipe for a third time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2004
Great easy recipe. I've used it to make cinnamon pull-apart bread several times. If you are new to using yeast and hot liquids, I'd suggest some caution -- it's easy to kill the yeast if you let the milk get too hot on the stove. Use a themometer if you can't "guess" what about 115 degrees feels like. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2007
This bread was great! Everyone raved about it. I'll definitely be making this again. For everyone considering making this recipe: be very careful when heating the milk mixture. We had to do it twice as we killed the yeast the first time. In the end we wound up throwing the ingredients in a bowl and putting them in the microwave for 30 seconds rather than heating them on the stove. This worked perfectly and when we added the yeast it foamed just like the recipe says. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/19/2008
Yeast hint: If microwave the milk, be aware that the temperature may continue to rise 5 to 10 degrees F after you take it out. Let your milk sit for 5 minutes and after nuking and use a thermometer to make sure it is not over 105 to 110 degrees Farenheit when you add the yeast or you may kill it. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/06/2004
Attempted this recipe twice. The dough never rose. I've made bread before and never had dough not rise before. My yeast was new and the place I put the dough dark and warm. I don't know what happened but I will not be attempting this recipe for a third time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2003
This is the best bread i have EVER had in my entire life. Incredible texture and taste. Try it topped in butter or make sandwiches with turkey and swiss cheese. Unbelievable, I'm not kidding. I also tried making it with whole wheat flour and it was very good as well. Use "i can't believe it's not butter" instead of butter for a lower-cal bread. YUM!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2003
I used this recipe to make monkey bread- my son asks for it every morning! It worked great. The milk/yeast mixture didn't get foamy like the recipe specified but it rose perfectly! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2015
One of the best bread recipes. Very simple recipe ,not overly crowded with directions. I used it to make loaves of cinnamon bread. It was perfect! It's also very easy to tinker up a bit.I did find the rise times a bit short so I opted for double in size except for the final. There, I ovened the loaves when they had risen and looked like loaves.For those who had failures to rise, remember that yeast is a very sensitive live culture. Too hot and you kill it. Too cold and it doesn't wake up. Salted butter works just fine although excess salt will slow the culture as will too much sugar. Just cut down on the recipe salt. If you start with warm liquid at about body temperature and it is slow to activate, just give it a bit more time. It will come around if your yeast isn't dead. Yeast culture needs to be foamy to make your dough rise.Don't give up on it.Another note, the final dough should be on the stiff side to give body to the final product. One thing to remember, you are making bread..and to be blunt,you need to work hell out of the dough. Keep kneading until you get tired--and then knead some more. when the dough is ready it should stretch much like melted cheese. This really is a great recipe and well worth the effort. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/23/2009
Absolutely wonderful. Have made cinnamon rolls braided apple bread and sweet dinner rolls with it so far. What a fantastically versatile recipe!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2014
We fell in love with the sweet rolls they sell at the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet in Honolulu and this recipe nails it! My first attempt, I killed the yeast. Second time, (I omitted the butter from the yeast process), the milk was too cool so I set the bowl of milk, yeast & sugar into a larger bowl of hot tap water and viola! It started foaming within minutes! I took it out of the warm bath and let it activate for 10 mins and mixed the dough according to the recipe and added the softened butter with the eggs. I brushed with melted butter before and after baking. I mixed up cinnamon honey butter for spreading on them and my friends raved! I'm making these on Thanksgiving, for sure! And this was my first time EVER baking with yeast. Read More
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