Alisha here, and in case you don't know who I am, I handle operations here at FunCheapOrFree. I don't generally write posts, that's all Jordan, not my forte…but… While Jordan is enjoying Disneyland (check out all the fun and her great tips HERE), I thought it was time to finally share my amazing roll recipe! These are seriously the best homemade rolls, I found the recipe online years ago, like eleven years ago. My husband and I had just gotten married and I really wanted to try to make rolls for Thanksgiving. The recipe for Lion House rolls popped up, a restaurant here in Utah. I have never eaten there, but I hear great things about them. Maybe it's time for a date night there…
Back to the rolls, like I said, I found the recipe online, can't remember where I got it. If you google “Lion house rolls” there will be several recipes that pop up. We have made it easy and you can get it right here! In terms of making rolls, I think this recipe is super easy. I generally hate baking, the mess, the measuring, following the exact directions, drive me crazy! But, this I can handle.
Plus I make a super amazing honey butter that my whole family goes nuts for, even my brother who hates butter.
Now onto the recipe, click HERE for a free printable copy
- 2 cups warm water
- 2/3 cup dry milk
- 2 tablespoons dry yeast
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/3 cup butter (the real stuff) softened, plus more for brushing
- 1 egg
- 5 to 5 1/2 cups of flour
- In a stand mixer, or large mixing bowl, combine the dry milk (when I measure it out, I just put it straight in the bowl) and water, mix until milk dissolves. I use a whisk attachment when doing this.
- Add yeast, then sugar, salt, butter, and egg. I usually mix the yeast in, let it mix for a few seconds, then as the mixer is still going add the rest of the ingredients one by one.
- Turn off mixer, and add 2 cups of flour, still with the whisk attachment, mix the flour on low until incorporated, then mix on medium speed for two minutes. At this point I switch out the whisk attachment for the dough hook attachment.
- Add 2 more cups of flour. Follow the same process, mix on low until incorporated, then mix on medium for two minutes.
- Add flour, 1/2 cup at time (you made need to knead by hand if dough is hard to mix) until you get a soft, smooth, not stiff dough. It shouldn't be too sticky. Sometimes I have to had more than 5 1/2 cups flour.
- I coat another bowl with about a tablespoon of vegetable oil, and add my dough, turning it around in the oil, so it is covered. Cover with plastic wrap or towel and let rise about 45 minutes, until double in size.
- Flour your counter or board, and coat your dough in the flour. Flatten dough and roll out in a rectangle, about 18 inches long and 9 inches wide, it should be about 1/4 inch thick.
- Brush the dough with melted butter, and cut the dough in half long ways. So you have two long strips, then cut the opposite direction to have two inch strips.
- Roll each strip up, and place seam side down on a sheet tray, lined with parchment paper. You can place them as close as you want, I usually do about 4 across, and as many rows as I can. My rolls, always come out different sizes.
- Cover with plastic wrap, and let rise 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
- Bake at 375 for 15-18 minutes, until light brown.
- Brush with melted butter, YUM!
Here are my tips to make it even easier:
- I measure out all my ingredients first in cups like these, then I can just pour them all in.
- For the yeast, I just get the jar of yeast, it's easier to measure out than the packets.
- Use a pizza cutter when cutting roll, it makes it super fast. Or you can portion out the rolls in balls, and place in muffin tins or just ball shape on the cookie sheet, which I have done when I didn't have counter space to shape them. But, they look super pretty when you roll them.
- I use these pre-cut parchment paper sheets. They are perfect for pans like these.
That's it! Once you make them, they are super easy, and delicious, you will want to keep making them. I have never tried another roll recipe to compare, but I don't need to, these are the best homemade rolls.
Oh wait… you probably want the honey butter recipe too!
Super simple, but it takes a while to whip the butter, so it's best to have a stand mixer, or a child who has nothing better to do 🙂
- 2 sticks of butter softened (again the real stuff)
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1/4 cup or so of honey. It really depends on how sweet you want it. I generally eye-ball the honey.
- add butter and start to mix for about a minute (you can either use a whisk or paddle attachment both work great) until butter starts to get light and fluffy.
- add vanilla, mix for a couple seconds until vanilla is mixed in.
- mix in honey.
- mix for about 20 minutes on low, until butter is super soft and airy.
- Spread on your homemade rolls and enjoy!
Don't forget your free recipe printable HERE!