A yeast-roll recipe which uses self-rising flour for the most airy, delicious rolls ever! Note: the secret to these light and airy rolls is NOT punching down the dough and NOT kneading it, plus the added lift the self-rising flour gives.

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
24
Yield:
24 big rolls (approximately)
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl place 2 cups water and butter or margarine. Microwave about 2 minutes.

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  • In another bowl, mix 1 cup sugar and eggs.

  • In a separate cup, microwave 1/2 cup water for 30 seconds. Add 1 teaspoon sugar and dissolve yeast in this.

  • Mix butter water and sugar and eggs mixture together; add salt. Mix in yeast water. Stir in 7 to 7 1/2 cups flour. Mix well and let rise in the refrigerator overnight, covered.

  • When ready to use, dump onto floured surface (DO NOT PUNCH DOWN!) and let warm to room temperature. LIGHTLY KNEAD! Only work in enough extra flour to handle.

  • Shape into rolls and place on greased sheet(s). Let rest 30 minutes, or until doubled in size.

  • Bake in a preheated 400 degree F (205 degrees C) oven until tops are golden. Brush with oil or butter immediately out of the oven.

Nutrition Facts

248 calories; protein 4.8g; carbohydrates 37.9g; fat 8.5g; cholesterol 35.8mg; sodium 654.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
06/30/2012
I cut this recipe in half. Because the recipe asked for 1 1/2 packets of yeast, I didn't know how to easily divide a packet of yeast in half so I used two full packets. I used my Kitchen Aid to make these rolls. I proofed the yeast in the mixer bowl with the sugar and warm water for ten minutes until the yeast "bloomed", then I added melted margerine, the egg, the remaining water and the dry ingredients. I did not use self-rising flour, just regular AP flour. This dough needed more flour than the recipe stated to get the dough into a ball and able to jump on a hook, over a cup. I kneaded this dough with my dough hook for about five minutes, then I set it to rise for an hour in a large greased bowl covered with a tea towel on a warm heating pad for an hour. I used a 1/3 cup measuring cup to make uniform rolls and rolled them on the counter to make better shaped rolls. I covered the top of the rolls in the muffin tin with saran wrap before letting it rise on the warm heating pad for another hour or so. I baked them at 400 degrees for 12 minutes, then brushed the tops of the hot rolls with vegetable oil right out of the oven. These rolls were GINORMOUS. They looked pretty and turned out fluffy and the perfect roll consistancy but they were quite sweet. Not so much a dinner roll for us, but I think this would make a good base for a sweet roll. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/20/2008
Unfortunately I cannot agree that these are the best rolls ever. I make rolls fairly often and had high hopes with these. The recipe takes too long to make its expensive and thus a bit disappointing. Now I've had great results with the recipe Sweet Dinner Rolls by Donna West; IMHO that recipe makes some of the BEST rolls ever. Read More
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57 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 29
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: 4 stars
06/30/2012
I cut this recipe in half. Because the recipe asked for 1 1/2 packets of yeast, I didn't know how to easily divide a packet of yeast in half so I used two full packets. I used my Kitchen Aid to make these rolls. I proofed the yeast in the mixer bowl with the sugar and warm water for ten minutes until the yeast "bloomed", then I added melted margerine, the egg, the remaining water and the dry ingredients. I did not use self-rising flour, just regular AP flour. This dough needed more flour than the recipe stated to get the dough into a ball and able to jump on a hook, over a cup. I kneaded this dough with my dough hook for about five minutes, then I set it to rise for an hour in a large greased bowl covered with a tea towel on a warm heating pad for an hour. I used a 1/3 cup measuring cup to make uniform rolls and rolled them on the counter to make better shaped rolls. I covered the top of the rolls in the muffin tin with saran wrap before letting it rise on the warm heating pad for another hour or so. I baked them at 400 degrees for 12 minutes, then brushed the tops of the hot rolls with vegetable oil right out of the oven. These rolls were GINORMOUS. They looked pretty and turned out fluffy and the perfect roll consistancy but they were quite sweet. Not so much a dinner roll for us, but I think this would make a good base for a sweet roll. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/14/2006
This is the closest I've come to my great grandmother's rolls. The secret to light and fluffy rolls is to not overknead or they turn out biscuity. These come out perfect with my Kitchenaid mixer every time. It's also even better using bread flour which makes them lighter and softer. I don't refrigerate over night instead I let rise for 45 minutes and then dump on floured surface and make into rolls using as little dusting flour as possible. Cover with plastic and let rise again for 30-45 minutes before baking. Be sure to put the rolls about 1 inch apart being closer together makes for a taller and softer roll. Excellent recipe thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2003
Perfect first time trying it. so simple I couldn't believe how good they are. Didn't have time to do the overnight in the refigerator and even with a short amount of time to rise they came out perfect tasty and light. Will be my choice for all occassions. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/20/2008
Unfortunately I cannot agree that these are the best rolls ever. I make rolls fairly often and had high hopes with these. The recipe takes too long to make its expensive and thus a bit disappointing. Now I've had great results with the recipe Sweet Dinner Rolls by Donna West; IMHO that recipe makes some of the BEST rolls ever. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/22/2004
I am a 56 year old man who does not cook very much but after trying this Recipe for these dinner rolls I have to say they are the best I have eaten and now I do more cooking because I love these so much I asked my wife to let me help plan dinner now. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2003
Always a hit with my family. I've used this recipe for 2 years with many repeat requests. When making rolls like these many people make the mistake of over-working the dough. Their finished product will be heavy & tough. When done properly these rolls are perfect!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2007
Thank you for this excellent roll recipe. I practiced the recipe a few days before Thanksgiving and it was a hit with absolutely everyone. I live in a high altitude area so I added a bit more water and butter increased the cooking temp a bit and a little less sugar (all based upon the high altitude teaching lesson on this website)...Perfect...I also did not refrigerate but followed another users review and used my electric mixer (so easy) and after forming into balls very close together I plastic wrapped the dough balls and let them rise again. Baked until I saw a medium brown color. Sprayed tops of rolls and rolls on the side of pan with spray butter. So So yummy.... Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/15/2003
I was looking for a really easy yeast roll recipe when I came across this one. Not being the best cook in the world I was almost intimidated but gave it a try any way. The recipe title sure fits - these are the best rolls ever. I wasn't sure what "do not punch down" meant so I just pinched off the dough right out of the fridge and rolled it up. They turned out great. Really light fantastic flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2005
If I could give this recipe 10 stars I would. I've been looking for a recipe to match that which my grandmother would make every year for Thanksgiving and while grandma can no longer find/remember the recipe this is the closest I've ever come. I'm giving this recipe to grandma so she can start making them again. BRAVO Cara thanks a million! Read More
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