Our Amazing Pull Apart Rolls would be the perfect addition for your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. They’re flaky, soft and buttery with a touch of sweetness, which in our opinion is everything an amazing pull apart roll should be! I developed this recipe from a couple of my bread recipes and have made these rolls twice, and they turned out so good I just had to share them with you.
- 1½ cups milk
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 (1/4 ounce) packet dry active yeast (we used quick rise)
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 egg, room temperature and beaten
- 4 cups flour, unbleached or all-purpose
- 2 teaspoons salt, kosher or regular
- Ingredients for kneading & shaping:
- ⅓ - ½ cup flour, unbleached or all-purpose
- Ingredients for brushing on the hot rolls:
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- Heat the milk and butter in the microwave until warm and the butter is melted, give it a stir. Add the sugar and yeast, stir again and set aside for a few minutes. Then add the room temperature beaten egg and stir again.
- Measure the flour and salt and whisk together in a bread container or mixing bowl. Add the milk/yeast/egg mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until thoroughly combined. Put the lid on (with a hole in the top) or leave one side open a little. Let rise about one (1) hour, or until double in bulk.
- Punch down the dough and flour the counter or a cutting board. Knead the dough for a couple minutes. Shape into twelve (12) rolls and place them in a greased 9" x 13" baking pan. Let rise about one (1) hour, or until double in bulk again.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the rolls in a preheated oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until the tops of the rolls are golden brown.
- Remove from oven and brush the tops of the hot rolls with the melted butter. Use a large spatula to carefully lift the rolls out of the pan and place them on a cooling rack. Serve warm with butter, honey or jam or cool completely before storing in an airtight container or plastic bag.
To bring an egg to room temperature quickly: Gently place an egg in a cup of warm tap water, allow to sit for about 5 minutes.
This dough is a little wetter than most bread doughs, so the additional flour will help with the kneading and shaping.
For smooth rolls: Dust hands with flour well, pull the dough under to smooth the tops and pinch the bottoms of each dough ball.
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