Grandma’s Homemade Delicate Dinner Rolls

grandmasdinnerrollsIn Midwestern households, family gatherings often turn potluck style with someone bringing the pies and someone else bringing the sides. Well, my cousin Jenny has perfected Grandma’s Delicate Rolls so she is the one to bring these homemade rolls to dinner. The photos of these dinner rolls were made during a multi generational girls weekend a few months ago.
These dinner rolls require practice and work but, once you have it down, you will see homemade rolls are worth it. This dinner roll recipe is so versatile my Grandma used it to make her cinnamon rolls, pecan rolls and sticky caramel rolls. So experiment with whatever you like to add to your rolls and enjoy.
And of course you can make these “old school” as the recipe outlines but you can also make them “queen of convenience” style too. When I made these for my Thanksgiving dinner, I simply gathered all ingredients, loaded them into my breadmaker putting the liquid ingredients in first and topping with the dry ingredients then set the machine to dough cycle. Once the dough was ready I formed the rolls and set them to rise as directed.
If you are in charge of bringing rolls to dinner, don’t buy them from the store, just make these homemade.  They are excellent. We hope you enjoy this family favorite recipe from Grandma’s recipe box.

Grandma’s Homemade Delicate Dinner Rolls
In small saucepan, add…..
1 cup 2% milk
Heat the milk over medium heat until very tiny bubbles begin to form around the edges of the saucepan. This is to the point of just before boiling. You will see steam coming off the milk. Experts call this scalding. Remove from heat and add…..
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
When butter has melted stir in……
4 Tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
Let milk mixture cool. Meanwhile in small bowl combine…..
2 packets dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1 Tablespoon sugar

In other small bowl, crack….
1 large egg
Beat egg slightly. Once milk mixture has cooled, add 3 cups flour to large mixing bowl as well as, egg, yeast and milk mixtures. Mix and begin adding in an additional 3 cups flour a little at a time. Knead by hand until no longer sticky and smooth to the touch. Put bowl in warm place with dish cloth placed over the top. Let dough rise about 2 hours or until double in size. Spray jelly roll pan with non stick spray. Knead down dough and make into rolls. Place rolls on prepared jelly roll pan as you go. Let rise about 1 hour or until well rounded. Position rack to middle of oven. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and bake rolls for 15-20 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from oven and brush extra butter over the tops. Let cool only slightly and serve.

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