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Freezer Dinner Rolls

I come from a family of bread bakers. Fresh dinner rolls are a given when visiting my grandma, and some of my best childhood memories are of eating a thick slice of my mom’s hot-from-the-oven wheat bread slathered with butter and homemade jam.

Making homemade bread has intimidated me though, mostly because of the time involved, and so my version of “fresh bread” with dinner has been to pop a can of refrigerated crescent rolls. Until recently.

A couple of years ago my husband’s job transplanted us to the mid-west–2,000 miles from our west coast hometowns and this year my little family will be making own Thanksgiving traditions. While I know no one will complain if refrigerated crescent rolls accompany our turkey dinner, blame it on those pregnancy hormones–I’m feeling homesick for grandma’s Thanksgiving cooking. And so with the holidays soon approaching, and missing my grandma’s hot dinner rolls, I decided to conquer my breadmaking fear.

This is a basic dinner roll (although probably the best I’ve ever had!) which I’ve adapted to easily to store the dough in the freezer until you’re ready to bake. For me, an extremely busy mom, it makes fresh bread for dinner a delicious possibility because all I have to do is grab some frozen balls from the freezer in the morning, let them thaw and rise on the counter all day, and then pop in the oven just before we eat–about the same amount of time it takes to open and bake a can of crescent rolls. And believe me, these rolls are better any day. In fact, my husband and kids have been asking for them almost every night lately!

Freezer Dinner Rolls

Author/Source:

Pam @ onceamonthmeals.com

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups warm milk (120-130 degrees)
  • 0.5 cup butter, melted
  • 0.5 cup sugar
  • 1 packet (2.25 teaspoons) active dry yeast
  • 4.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 0.5 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 0.5 Tablespoon salt

Directions:

Combine warm milk, melted butter, and sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves. Sprinkle in yeast and let stand about 10 minutes. The yeast should be bubbly.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add milk/yeast mixture and stir well to combine. Place bowl in a warm place, cover with a clean towel, and allow to rise–about an hour.

Punch down dough, lightly flour your work surface, and turn dough out onto surface. Divide dough in half, roll out on floured surface, and knead in a bit more flour if dough is too sticky. Shape into golf-ball size rolls and place in a greased 9×13 baking dish. Cover and let rise in warm place, until doubled in size. Preheat oven to 350F. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and rub tops with a cold stick of butter, or brush with a butter-dipped pastry brush.

Bread-machine directions: Place ingredients in order your breadmaker’s manufacturer recommends (for example, mine suggests placing liquids first, and adding the dry last). Set to the dough cycle. When dough is ready, divide in half, roll out on a floured surface, and knead in a bit more flour if dough is too sticky. Shape into golf-ball size rolls and place in a greased 9×13 baking dish. Cover and let rise in warm place, until doubled in size. Preheat oven to 350F. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and rub tops with a cold stick of butter, or brush with a butter-dipped pastry brush.

Freezing Directions:

Prepare dough as above.

Divide dough in half, and roll out on a floured surface, kneading in a bit more flour if dough is too sticky. Shape into golf-ball size rolls and place on a greased baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap, and flash freeze until firm. Once frozen, transfer to freezer bags and return to freezer up to four weeks.

To bake: Remove desired number of rolls from freezer and place in a greased 9×13 baking dish. Cover and let rise in warm place, until doubled in size. Preheat oven to 350F. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and rub tops with a cold stick of butter, or brush with a butter-dipped pastry brush.

Makes approx. 36 rolls

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24 Responses to “Freezer Dinner Rolls”

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  2. Michelle says:

    How long do the rolls take to thaw & rise from frozen? I’d like to make these for Thanksgiving, but we have a mid-day meal. Thanks.

    • Pam says:

      It definitely depends on how warm your house is, etc. You might want to do an experimental batch first?
      A couple of days ago we had a “big” mid-day meal and I took some dough balls out of the freezer around 9am. They were ready to bake at about 2, just in time for our meal. Hope that helps?

    • Thelma says:

      To shorten the thaw/rise time you can follow the quick instructions from Rhodes frozen dough balls package. Heat oven to 150 and boil a quart of water in a saucepan.
      Then turn the oven off and put the pan of water on the bottom of the oven and your pan of frozen dough balls on the rack in the middle of the oven. Close the oven door and leave an hour to an hour and a half and they are ready to bake. Take out the pan of water, leave the rolls in the oven and turn the oven to 350 and bake for 15-20 minutes depending on size of your rolls, til lightly browned. Golfball size dough balls take 15-20 minutes to bake in my oven.

  3. Christine says:

    Will this work with whole wheat flour as well?

    • Pam says:

      I haven’t tried wheat flour, but I’m sure they would be fine. I’d recommend doing 1/2 white, 1/2 wheat to start and see how you like them.

  4. Karen says:

    I’ve never made dinner rolls before, and I can’t wait to try these! I was wondering why you had to roll out the dough, if you are going to shape it into balls, anyway? And about how thick should it be once rolled out? Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Sheila says:

    “roll out on a floured surface, kneading in a bit more flour if dough is too sticky” — what do you mean by “roll out” – using a rolling pin and roll it out like to make cinnamon rolls? or just knead it a couple of times? Looking forward to freezing some rolls!!

  6. Thanks for this, Pam! I’ve been looking for a good freezer roll recipe! I’m going to try these this weekend!

  7. Wendy says:

    Wow, what a great idea!! I may have to try this with my bread recipe as it makes a whole lotta bread and this would be a great way to have fresh buns.

  8. Sandy says:

    Use say to stir until combined but I do not see anywhere that we should knead the dough. Do you knead it at all? I do not have a bread machine.Also I often mix yeast with a 1/4 -1/2 cup of warm water and let sit 10 min until bubbles- can I do that or does combining milk, melted butter and sugar work well?Excited to try these!!!!!

    • Pam says:

      It works fine the way I wrote it, but if you are more comfortable doing it the other way, I’d say go for it! I’m not really an expert on breadmaking.

      The stirring and forming into balls also seems to be enough kneading required, but again, do what you’re most comfortable with.

  9. Karen says:

    Thanks for answering my Q regarding rolling out the dough. I made a batch of these last night. Question: once I formed the rolls, they didn’t hold their shape well. They were soft enough that they spread out a bit into domes, instead of balls. Does that sound right?

  10. Karen says:

    Pam, Just wanted to say thank you. As you could tell from my question about the soft dough, it did take me a couple tries (I will never “wing it” on the milk temp again! I’m all about the thermometer from here on out.). But I did finally put together a lovely batch of rolls for Thanksgiving. This recipe was wonderful. I will be using it again!

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  13. Tori says:

    I used poor quality ingredients and got a poor result, but redid with good ingredients and these were delicious! Will definitely keep these on hand in the freezer!

  14. Denise says:

    Wonderful! My new go to recipe for rolls. Sprinkled with garlic salt before baking. Thanks for another great recipe

  15. Pam says:

    Best recipe I have found to make freezer rolls. Just one question. How long if you bake it as a loaf of bread?

    • Kelly says:

      I have not tried it that way personally Pam. But you could try in a smaller loaf pan and I would guess around 20-30 minutes baking time.

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