These are the best homemade dinner rolls I’ve ever had — all you need is this easy and quick recipe to make a small batch of soft and fluffy dinner rolls.
I mostly cook for two (myself and Mr. Savory Tooth) and while I usually love to have leftovers to munch on, there are some things that I rather eat fresh, such as homemade dinner rolls. That’s where this small batch dinner rolls recipe comes in: the recipe makes only eight small fist-sized rolls. Eight rolls are enough for two people eating rolls as dinner portions, or for four people eating rolls as sides. Your choice, and either way, you won’t end up with any leftover dinner rolls to contend with. This also means that you’ll have more room to stuff down other delicious foods.
This recipe uses instant yeast, not active dry yeast, which means that you don’t need to proof the yeast by dissolving it with sugar in warm water. Using instant yeast saves you a bit of time by skipping the proofing step, and it means you can combine the yeast directly with dry ingredients, which is also how I make my Chicago deep dish pizza recipe. Instant yeast doesn’t mean that the rise time is negligible; you will still need to wait at least an hour for the dough to rise and double in size. Rise times will be different for everyone, as it depends on temperature and humidity.
I love how easy it is to make homemade dinner rolls. My recipe uses as few ingredients as possible, and it comes down to just flour, milk, butter, yeast, and a bit of salt and sugar each. Quite simple, and it makes dinner rolls that are very fluffy and soft. Kneading becomes trivial if you use a food processor or stand mixer with kneading attachment, or you can knead by hand.
Mr. Savory Tooth raves about my garlic butter topping. There isn’t much to it, just minced garlic, dried thyme, and butter, but it’s crazy good with these dinner rolls. We’ve thought about using alternate toppings from our growing collection of spreads, such as chipotle onion mustard or chocolate sesame spread, but we keep coming back to this garlic butter topping. It would go great with my homemade focaccia recipe as well.
Watch this video on how to make these small batch dinner rolls:
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