How To Make Homemade Rolls

When it comes to family gatherings that involve a rather large bird to be cooked, I am always looking forward to one thing.

Homemade Rolls.

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Light & fluffy, soft & warm and most definitely slathered with butter.

There is just something about the thought of biting into a homemade roll that makes me all giddy. Then if you’re lucky and there are leftover rolls, you get to make things like mini turkey or ham sandwiches, or slather some more butter on and drizzle a little honey.

Pure. Bliss.

This is a recipe that has been floating around my husband’s side of the family for years, and it’s not even their recipe! They call them Bundy Rolls, named after Mrs. Bundy {of course} . 

While I’m not a huge fan of using yeast cause it generally takes too long {I’m kinda impatient}, these are well worth the wait.

If you have a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment that’s perfect.

You could also prepare and knead the dough in a bread machine.

If you’re extremely adventurous you could knead the dough by hand {or just hand this recipe to someone else in the family with a mixer and enjoy the fruits of their labor}.

Start off by pouring warm water (run your tap on hot) into the bowl of your stand mixer or bread machine.

Add some honey (for sweetness) and salt (for saltness) huh?

Then you’re going to add some yeast.

I plan on making these at least 462 times this winter so I bought a jar of yeast. Word.

Once the yeast is in the warm bath, it’s going to get all friendly and start foaming on the surface.

Give it about 5 minutes to start reacting then you’re free to add the butter flavor crisco, and one cup of flour at a time.

That butter flavor crisco is awesome. It may be a little chunky at first but once the dough starts to take shape it gets pulled and blended into the dough perfectly.

Keep adding little amounts of flour until the dough starts picking up bits of dough off the sides of the bowl and you’re able to pinch the dough and don’t come away with goopy fingers.

My hands were previously goopy from testing the dough before this picture, but I assure you, those fingers are clean.

A little chubby…and man hand-ish… but clean none the less.

Let your machine/mixer knead the dough for about 15 minutes. You can include the time it took to make the dough not goopy. I wont tell on you.

Once that’s done, take a clean towel and cover your mixing bowl (or leave it in the bread machine).

Leave it in a warm place and then attempt to unload the dishwasher with a 1 year old.

It’s like dishwasher tango.

For every dish you put away, she runs away with another.

Then quietly follow her to her secret hiding spot where she has sneakily stashed all your whisks.

After an hour of this nonsense, get back to your bowl of dough.

It should be double the size it was before.

Punch it down and then pull off  large golf ball sized bits of dough and line them up in pretty rows on a baking sheet.

Then cover them again.

Yes, I said again.

It’s important to let the rolls rise two times. It helps give them the fluffy, irresistible texture on the inside.

Cover them with the same clean towel and go attempt to fold laundry with a 1 year old.

It’s called laundry tango.

After another hour of trying to keep piles of underwear from being stolen your rolls should look like this…

Glorious.

Now all that’s left is to bake them!

As soon as they pop out of the oven brush the tops with butter.

I just grab a stick from the fridge and start rubbing my buns.

Er… rolls… uh…with the butter…

You get the idea.

The tops of the rolls have a delightfully thin crust while the inside is still soft and fluffy thanks to the double rise we did.

Totes worth it.

Nothing left to do but crack it open and add some more butter.

You deserve it.

You had to play dishwasher tango.

Yup, so worth it.

I sure hope you’ll give these a try!

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Yields makes 3 dozen rolls

How To: Make Homemade Rolls
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Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups warm water (run hot water out of your tap)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup Butter Flavor Crisco
  • 1 1/2 tsp yeast
  • 7 cups flour + more if needed
  • butter for brushing on top of rolls

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer (fitted with your dough hook) add warm water, honey, salt and yeast. Stir it gently and let it sit for 5 minutes till the yeast activates and gets foamy.
  2. Add the Crisco and one cup of flour at a time and mix until dough starts to form. Keep adding flour until the dough starts to pick up dough off the sides of the bowl and is not sticky when touched with your finger. Let your machine knead the dough for 15 minutes total.
  3. Once it's done kneading cover the bowl with a clean cloth towel and place in a warm spot (by a window or on top of the oven works) and let the dough rise for 1 hour.
  4. After an hour punch down the dough and divide the dough into large golf ball size balls. Arrange about an inch apart on a baking sheet or casserole dish. Cover again with towel and leave in a warm place to rise for another hour.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Once the rolls have risen for the second time, place them in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  7. Remove them from oven and immediately brush butter on the tops of the rolls.
  8. Take a huge bite of a roll and try to blow/chew at the same time cause the rolls are still too hot.
  9. Let cool slightly and then try again.
  10. Enjoy.
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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes with a bit of life sprinkled in. Mom to 4 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
53 Responses
  1. Shivika
    Hi, Wow.. amazing receipe, just wanted to know is it possible to use All purpose Wheat flour to make these buns, if so, is there any difference in the quantity of the yeast. Looking forward to your reply Thanks so much.. Shivika K R
    1. I wouldn't switch all of the all-purpose out for wheat flour, but you could try subbing out 1/2 of the flour with wheat flour. It may not rise as well, so you might want to add a little more yeast. I haven't tested the recipe this way, so I can't give you exact measurements. Let me know how it goes!
  2. Hi, I can't wait to try this recipe, the packets of yeast hold 2 1/4 tsp , I have another yeast roll recipe I use all the time,but I can't wait to try this one. A little hint I keep my yeast in the fridge(take it out before I mix everything together) keeps a lot longer. I only use the packets. I love homemade rolls, you know what is in them and they are fresher.
  3. CTY
    Just read this post & thought these would be great on the Easter menu. I know when I hand this recipe out the baker is going to ask about strip packet yeast. Any idea how much yeast in one packet? BTW this is a fabulous tutorial & the link will be added to the recipe for reference. Thanks!
  4. jld
    Hi ... Im pretty much a beginner when it comes to making rolls/buns and am going to "attempt" to make these yummy lookin beauties (The couple previous times I have tried to make yeast rolls/buns Ive been not so lucky *sigh*) and I am wondering at what number (speed) do you knead the dough with the hook attachment? mine is a classic no frills kitchen aid ... would the #2 speed be right? also am I correct to assume that you begin mixing (with the hook) after the yeast is proofed (in other words right after you add the crisco and 1st cup of flour)?
    1. Hi Vanessa, if the dough is a little sticky you can add a little more flour to it, and you can also spray your hands with cooking spray so the dough doesn't stick to your fingers. :)

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