Dinner rolls and biscuits act as the humble supporting character at any meal. Their simple flavor compliments everything from pot roast to soup.
Every Meal Needs Rolls and Biscuits!
They may take a bit of time, but the aroma that fills your house and the flavor of fresh rolls and biscuits is worth it!
Any of these recipes are delicious and are completely achievable by even the most novice bread-maker.
With plenty of tips and step by step directions, you’ll have a melt-in-your mouth bite in no time!
Dinner Roll Tips
Amount: Dinner rolls don’t tend to vary in size so plan for guests to have 2 dinner rolls each. If you are serving larger biscuits, plan for 2 per person. If you are serving smaller biscuits then plan 3 per person.
Rise: Make sure you allow time for a proper rise otherwise your fluffy rolls will be flat and dense. Typically, proofing is the most time consuming aspect when making rolls. You can speed up the proof time by creating a Warmer environment.
- If I’ve got my crockpot going, then I like to proof my rolls next to the warm pot. I drape a tea towel over the pot and the rising rolls.
- Heat the oven to 200° degrees and then turn it off. Place a damp tea towel over the bowl of dough. (Make sure the bowl is oven safe) Put the covered bowl in the oven.
- Heat a bowl of water in the microwave until it comes to a rolling boil. Remove the water and place a bowl of dough inside the damp warm microwave. Do NOT turn on the microwave.
- Fireplace or wood stove: cover the dough with a tea towel and place it near the fireplace/stove. Be sure that there isn’t any way for the towel to catch fire.
Kneading: Like bread, many rolls need to be kneaded. The fastest cleanest way is to use an electric mixer, but you can knead by hand as well.
- Electric mixer: In general dough being kneaded using a dough hook should be kneaded at medium-low speed for approximately 5 minutes.
- Kneading by hand can take up to 10 minutes.
Shaping uniform rolls: One of the easiest methods is to roll the dough into a rectangle with the same thickness throughout. Use a pizza cutter to cut the rectangle into the same size squares. I stick to about 1” cubes. From there you can roll each square into a ball. Keep in mind the dough balls will rise to double the size before baking and will expand a little more in the oven.
Keep dinner rolls warm: Use dry beans! Wrap dry beans in a kitchen towel and microwave the little bundle until warm. Place hot beans at the bottom of the basket, you may need to line it first. Place a cloth napkin on top of the beans and add the rolls. Cover the rolls.
Keep these tips in minds when it comes to biscuits:
- Use COLD Butter or shortening. The butter should be about the size of a small pea after being cut into the flour.
- Less is more. The more the dough is handled the more gluten develops. This is great for rolls, but not great for biscuits. Mix the ingredients until just combined into a solid lump. Be gentle when rolling and cutting the shakes.
- Layers: the cold butter will help give nice flaky layers. For more pronounced layers gently roll the dough into a rectangle then fold it in half. Gently roll and fold. Repeat 3-4 times. Chill the dough in the fridge before cutting shapes.
- Cutting: When you cut the dough be sure that you press down and go straight up. If you twist the cookie cutter it may cause the edges to seal and you won’t get as good of a rise. Gently roll leftover dough together and cut more shapes.
- Shapes: the typical biscuit is a circle. A circle cookie cutter or the top of a drinking glass works well. I also like to use holiday shaped cookie cutters to form my biscuits. My kids love heart biscuits during February and pumpkin shaped biscuits in October.
- They taste delicious smothered in Chocolate Gravy, Honey Butter and Jam.
Our Favorite Dinner Rolls + Biscuits
So many to choose from, but trust us – you will be glad you tried them. Simple, soft and OH SO delicious!
Both of these biscuit recipes actually do require buttermilk. If you don’t have any on hand and need a substitute, check out this post!
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