Master the art of making dinner rolls easily with this simple recipe for bread machine rolls. Just add the ingredients, press a button, and let the machine get to work. When it’s time to form the dough into rolls, follow the quick steps to have your rolls ready to rise and bake in no time. Try this foolproof recipe for bread machine rolls today!
Equipment Needed for This Recipe for Bread Machine Rolls
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Since this easy recipe for bread machine rolls is designed for the bread machine, you do need a bread machine for the recipe. There is no need to spend a huge amount of money on one that has a lot of fancy bread-making features. If you intend to use a bread machine mainly for dough-making, as I do, then this one by Crownful is a great bargain. Since the baking pan is non-stick, you could easily bake bread in it, if you wish. There are even three settings for the crust color.
Other equipment includes a cutting board or breadboard, a sharp knife, a baking sheet, and a cloth to cover the rolls when they are rising.
Ingredients for This Recipe for Bread Machine Rolls
1 and 1/3 cup egg plus water (I give directions below for how to measure this.)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup oil
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
Instructions for This Recipe for Bread Machine Rolls
Get out the bread machine and remove the baking compartment. I never leave the removable bread pan in the machine when I add ingredients. I wouldn’t want to spill any ingredients inside the machine. The bread pan from my machine resembles a sort of bucket and is easy to remove from the machine using its attached handle.
Break the egg into a liquid measuring cup. Add water to the one cup mark. Pour the water and egg into the bread pan, then add the remaining 1/3 cup water. Add the rest of the ingredients in the order listed. This is important, because you do not want the yeast to come into contact with the liquid ingredients.
Place the bread pan back in the machine and use the Dough setting. On my machine, the dough-making process takes one hour and thirty minutes from start to finish.
When the process is complete, remove the dough from the bread pan and place it on a lightly-floured surface. I use my trusty old bread board, which came with our old kitchen cabinets. We no longer have the cabinets in our kitchen, but I still use the sturdy bread board!
Grease a baking sheet (for my economical pan-greasing method, check out my easy cornbread recipe). Using a large kitchen knife, cut the dough in half, divide each of those pieces in half, then divide each of those pieces in half until you have eight pieces of dough. Cut each dough piece into three smaller pieces so you have 24 total. Flatten each piece into an oval, then fold in half. This makes it easy to open the roll after baking to add a nice bit of butter, if you like. Place the shaped rolls onto the greased baking sheet about 1/2 inch apart and cover with a lightweight cloth.
Let the covered dough rise in a draft-free, warm place for 30 minutes. The dough should double in size. While the dough is rising, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Bake the rolls for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy!
Foolproof Recipe for Bread Machine Rolls
- Bread machine
- Bread board or large cutting board
- Sharp knife
- Baking sheet
- Lightweight cloth
- 1⅓ cup egg plus water
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 4 cups flour
- 1½ teaspoons salt
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup oil
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- Get out the bread machine and remove the baking compartment.
- Break the egg into a liquid measuring cup. Add water to the one cup mark. Pour the water and egg into the bread pan, then add the remaining 1/3 cup water.
- Add the rest of the ingredients in the order listed.
- Place the bread pan back in the machine and use the Dough setting.
- When the process is complete, remove the dough from the bread pan and place it on a lightly-floured surface.
- Grease a baking sheet.
- Using a large kitchen knife, cut the dough in half, divide each of those pieces in half, then divide each of those pieces in half until you have eight pieces of dough. Cut each dough piece into three smaller pieces so you have 24 total.
- Flatten each piece into an oval, then fold in half.
- Place the shaped rolls onto the greased baking sheet about 1/2 inch apart and cover with a lightweight cloth.
- Let the covered dough rise in a draft-free, warm place for 30 minutes. The dough should double in size.
- While the dough is rising, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Bake the rolls for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Bread Machine Questions
Does dough rise in a bread machine? Yes, the bread machines are designed to take the dough through the mixing and rising processes. You can even bake the bread in the machine if you like. I prefer to use the bread machine for dough and do my baking in regular pans in the oven.
Can you knead dough in a bread maker? Just as the bread machine is designed to take the dough through the mixing and rising processes, the machine will also do the kneading. That’s one reason why bread machines are so convenient. They do it all!
How long does a bread machine knead the dough? I haven’t ever timed the actual kneading process. The entire dough-making process, from mixing, kneading and rising, takes my bread machine an hour and a half.
What order do you add ingredients to a bread machine? In bread machine recipes, the ingredients are usually listed in the order in which you need to add them. The general idea is to keep most of the liquid ingredients separate from the yeast until the mixing takes place in the machine. That way, the yeast will be activated at the right time.
Is it cheaper to make your own bread with a bread maker? If you do a Google search and ask that question, nearly all of the web results will answer “Yes”, with a few qualifiers. It depends upon the type of bread you are trying to make and the cost of the ingredients. Also, if you place a value on your time, that affects the true cost of the bread. Generally though, when comparing a store-bought bread to a similar homemade bread, it’s cheaper to make your own. With a bread machine, the time factor is nearly nonexistent if you are baking the bread in the machine.
Questions about Types of Flour to Use in a Bread Machine
Can you use all-purpose flour in a bread machine? What happens if you use all-purpose flour instead of bread flour? What can I use if I don’t have bread flour? If you don’t have bread flour or bread machine flour, that’s okay. There may be a slight difference in the lightness and fluffiness of the end product, but the dough will still rise just fine.
What’s the difference between bread flour and regular flour? Bread flour has a higher protein content, which makes the bread flour rise differently. However, the difference in the end result for both types of flour is so slight that it seems to not matter which type of flour you use. Here’s an interesting test done by a flour company that illustrates the results nicely.
What to Serve with These Foolproof Bread Machine Rolls
Perhaps a better question would be,”What do you serve fresh dinner rolls with?” The answer? Just about any main dish! As with my recipe for super simple cornbread without buttermilk, these bread machine dinner rolls go with any kind of soup, salad, or main dish. I especially like to serve them warm alongside easy Thai curry chili, fresh tomato butternut squash soup, turkey corn chowder, or lentil soup with ham in the slow cooker.
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I hope you enjoy this easy recipe for bread machine dinner rolls. May all of your home baking endeavors meet with great success!