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Looking for the perfect hot roll to go on the side of soup or make a delicious sandwich bun? This Bread Machine Rolls recipe is so easy because you can just toss the ingredients in your breach machine and have lovely dough, ready to use!
Bread Machine Rolls are the perfect dinner roll to go with your roast or to make a sandwich on the next day. This recipe is so easy to make because it requires very little hands on time.
Bread Machine Rolls
When I was about to get married, I had a bridal shower I was given a recipe from each person that attended. This is one of the recipes and probably the one that I have found to be the most useful and have made the most often.
This is a great recipe to make if you just don’t have time to do all the kneading and rising of the bread yourself. During busy school days or on holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas, it’s nice to use the bread machine to give yourself an extra hand!
These rolls are simple, light and fluffy, and perfect for many different uses. The original recipe says it makes 12 but I’ve made them many times and I prefer to make 9 slightly larger instead.
While this is a bread machine recipe, you can make these dinner rolls by hand if you prefer. You will just need to knead the dough yourself before letting it have a rise, then kneading again before the second rise.
I have a Zojirushi Mini Bread Machine that we really like. It’s perfect for smaller loafs that are easier to eat up quickly.
Ingredients for Bread Machine Rolls
- Butter. Salted or unsalted is just fine in this recipe. If you’d like these to be dairy-free, you can use shortening or a butter alternative instead.
- Sugar. This is plain cane sugar just to help give the yeast something to eat so that your bread will rise nicely.
- Powdered Milk. You can use powdered coconut milk instead if you need the recipe to be dairy free.
- Salt. I use pink salt that I buy in bulk for all of my recipes but you can use whatever salt you have.
- Flour. This recipe uses basic all purpose flour. I’ve not yet tried it with gluten free flour.
- Yeast. I buy all my yeast in bulk and store it in the freezer until I need it in a recipe. Active dry yeast or instant yeast will both be fine in this recipe.
Can you use regular flour in a bread maker machine?
Yes, you can use regular or bread flour in the bread machine. Some flours that are milled differently will produce different results but should still make good bread or rolls.
Why aren’t my yeast rolls light and fluffy?
Did you have the water warm enough when you put the ingredients in the bread machine? Is your yeast still good? Did you let the rolls rise for long enough?
Is it better to make bread by hand or by machine?
It’s really a personal preference. Both methods will turn out good bread. I make bread by hand when I want a certain shape. I make bread in the bread machine if I don’t want to turn on the oven or if I want to toss in a loaf during school without having to worry about it.
What to Serve with Bread Machine Rolls
- Roast. This is always a favorite to serve with rolls! You can even make the roast in your slow cooker so you barely have any hands on time for that too.
- Soup. Vegetable Soup seems to go well with dinner rolls. Perfect for a cold day.
- Meatballs. You can eat the meatballs on the rolls or on the side, but they are also great with your rolls!
- Sandwich Meat. Whenever we have leftovers of these rolls, they work perfectly for making sandwiches the next day.
- Jam or Jelly. Of course, you don’t have to serve these for supper with meat. Make them for breakfast and serve with a topping of butter and jam!
- Hamburgers. While these will work for your burgers, I prefer this Ultimate Burger Bun recipe for a firmer hamburger buns.
Why Make Homemade Dinner Rolls?
Bread Machine Dinner Rolls are great to make to make at home because they require so little hands-on time but produce a wonderful result. Although they contain around the same number of ingredients as store-bought dinner rolls, these rolls have whole food ingredients that you know and can pronounce.
From the research I did, store-bought rolls usually contain preservatives and many different types of unhealthy oils. Most packages containing 10-12 rolls cost around $4 at the store. These rolls cost under $1 to make.
Instructions for Making Bread Machine Rolls
Put ingredients in the order listed into the bread machine pan. Be sure that the water is warm but not too warm before you put it in. You can accomplish this by using warm tap water or warming the water up slightly in your microwave first.
Run on the Dough cycle or select dough setting on your machine. If you are unsure about which setting to choose for dough, check with your bread machine manufacturer.
After the cycle is finished take out the dough and place it on a lightly floured surface. Form it into balls (9 or 12 balls, your preference!) Let them rise in a warm place covered with a clean cloth or a tea towel for 40 minutes.
Bake at 375F for 15-18 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. After you take them out of the oven brush melted butter on the tops and the sides. This will help to keep them nice and soft.
Store any extra rolls on the counter in a bread bag or in another bag. Remember to use them within a few days or freeze what you aren’t going to use right away.
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Bread Machine Rolls
Light and fluffy bread machine rolls recipe.
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 Tablespoons melted butter
- 1 egg
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 Tablespoon powdered milk
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 1/4 cups flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons yeast
Put ingredients in the order listed into the bread machine. Run on the Dough cycle. After the cycle is finished take out the dough and form it into balls(9 or 12 balls, your preference!) Let them rise in a warm place for 40 minutes. Bake at 375F for 15-18 minutes. After you take them out of the oven brush melted butter on the tops and the sides.
More Homemade Bread Recipes
- Basic White Bread
- Cheesy French Bread
- Irish Brown Bread
- Quick Pull Apart Rolls
- 50 Bread Recipes from Scratch
- Easy English Muffin Bread
Do you own and use a bread machine? Will you give these Bread Machine Rolls a try?
This recipe for Bread Machine Rolls was originally posted on Little House Living in October 2010. It has been updated as of October 2022.