This past weekend my family hosted Thanksgiving dinner – a month early! My dad’s side of the family is so large that we tend not to get together for Thanksgiving, so this year we decided to get together for a “Harvest Dinner.” The turkeys were already taken care of, so I said I would bring rolls and dessert. This recipe has shown up on many of the food blogs that I read, so I knew it had to be good. It definitely did not disappoint! The rolls were dense and fluffy and had just a touch of sweetness from the honey. Everyone loved the rolls and they were all gone before dinner was even over. I will definitely be using these as my go-to dinner roll recipe from now on.
Honey Yeast Rolls
Yields: 12 rolls.
*I doubled the recipe with no problems*
2¼ tsp. instant yeast
1 cup warm water (105-115˚ F)
¼ cup honey
3 tbsp. canola oil
1¼ tsp. salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
4 cups bread flour
Vegetable cooking spray
2 tbsp. butter, melted
2 tbsp. honey
In a large bowl, combine the yeast and warm water. Add the honey, oil, salt, and egg and mix well with an electric mixer. Add 3 cups of the flour and mix until the dough becomes a sticky mass. If using a stand mixture, switch to the dough hook, and with the mixer on low speed, add in the remaining 1 cup of flour. If not, use your hands to incorporate the remaining flour, then turn onto a floured surface to continue kneading. Knead the dough for about 8 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and elastic.
Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, turning once to coat the ball, then cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm, draft-free spot for 2 hours, or until double in bulk.
Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface, and knead for 30 seconds. Cover with a clean, damp towel and rest for 10 minutes. Punch the dough down and divide into 12 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a smooth, round ball and place in a lightly greased 9×13 baking dish. Cover and let rise for another 20-30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400˚ F. Mix together the melted butter and honey, and brush the tops of the rolls with the mixture. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown and the rolls are baked through. Halfway through baking brush the rolls again with remaining butter and honey. Let cool slightly before serving.