It was our turn to make the dinner rolls for Thanksgiving. This was an extended family celebration so it was going to take lots of dinner rolls. That was okay; we love making dinner rolls.
We decided to make Kaiser rolls, crusty Kaiser rolls--some plain, some topped with poppy seeds, and some topped with sesame seeds. By dinner time, we had huge bowls stacked to overflowing with Kaiser rolls, dozens of Kaiser rolls, most still a little warm from the oven.
The Kaiser rolls were a hit—but they didn’t beat out the pies. We can accept that.
In this issue, you will find our Kaiser roll recipe plus recipes for soft dinner rolls, parker house rolls, and more. Plus, you will find great dinner roll mixes all on sale for the holidays.
Dennis & Merri Ann Weaver
Soft Dinner Rolls and the Sullivan Ranch
Aunt Lois Sullivan always made the best dinner rolls.
The Sullivan Ranch is 30 miles west of the little town of Dubois, Idaho, and an hour and half from where we live. Neighbors are far apart. We drive across a high dessert plain covered with sagebrush and occasional wheat fields and then drop into a little valley. The ranch is in the center of the valley.
The Sullivan’s run maybe a thousand head of cattle in the valley. A little stream wanders through the verdant valley, providing water for the alfalfa fields, and power for the generators that light the house and ranch buildings.
The ranch is over a hundred years old, rich in heritage, with old implements on the hill and corrals and buildings that have been built and rebuilt over the years.
Aunt Lois made the best roast beef dinners . . . and soft dinner rolls. This isn’t her recipe but it’s close. We think you’ll like it.
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Potato Dinner Rolls
Potato rolls are moist and wonderful. The potatoes make them moist, both because of the consistency of the potatoes and because potatoes are hygroscopic, they attract and retain moisture. This recipe calls for mashed potatoes. You can also use potato flour which makes for a quicker, simpler recipe. Potato flour has the same effect as mashed potatoes.
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Make lighter, taller loaves and rolls!
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Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls
Most whole wheat rolls are made with a combination of whole wheat and white flours. Our favorite combination for bread is 40% whole wheat to 60% white although we often reverse the ratio. Sometimes we make 100% whole wheat bread.
For dinner rolls, we like a little lighter dough; we use 30% to 40% whole wheat. Of course, we usually include an egg and a little extra sugar.
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What’s the secret to light, airy rolls?
Patience. Let them rise. When you think they have risen enough, let them rise some more. Let them rise all the way to the point when they are about to blister. They should look puffy, full of air, and be soft to the touch. An indentation should slowly spring back if at all.
It is possible to let bread rise too much but people usually don’t.