You know those dinner rolls you can get at steakhouses? The ones you end up getting a refill of before your appetizer even reaches the table? The ones that come with that decadent and oh-so-smooth cinnamon butter spread?
Boy, do we have a game changer for you!
I’m not going to say that these rolls are EXACTLY like the ones you can get from the steakhouse, (because let’s face it- there’s just something about not having to cook your own food every once in awhile that makes us enjoy the experience a little more) but this is an A.M.A.Z.I.N.G homemade recipe when you don’t want to drive out to the other side of town to the steakhouse. And frankly, I don’t want to pay for an 8oz fancy steak just to enjoy a couple dinner-rolls!
Now, we are making bread, so It’s very handy to have a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, but don’t be deterred if you don’t have one- you can easily use your hands to knead and mix the bread dough, it will just take significantly longer and you may end up with one bicep significantly larger than the other! I mean, before stand and even hand mixers, we learned how to make bread somehow, so maybe it’s time we get back to the basics and just dive right in with our hands??
Nah, I’m still opting for my stand mixer, but you go right ahead with all your extra ambition… you got this and I believe in you!
What you will need for the dinner rolls:
- Bread Flour
- Whole Milk
- Instant or Quick Rise Yeast
- Iodized Salt
- Granulated Sugar
- Unsalted Butter
Please note: You will be making a “roux” which is a mixture of flour/water/milk- it is the base of the dinner roll and is what will make it light an fluffy
For the Cinnamon Butter Spread
- Unsalted Butter
- Powdered Sugar
Luscious Dinner Roll with Cinnamon Butter Spread
- Stand Mixer
- 2 Tbsp Bread Flour
- 2 Tbsp Water
- 4 Tbsp Whole Milk
- 2 1/2 cup Bread Flour
- 1 Tbsp Instant Yeast
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1/2 cup Whole Milk
- 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
- 3 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
- 1 Large Egg
Cinnamon Butter Spread
- 8 tbs (1 Stick) Unsalted Butter
- 1/4 cup Powdered Sugar
- 1/4 cup Honey
- 2 tsp Cinnamon
- Pull out your egg and let it sit at room temperature until you are ready to use it.
- To a small saucepan add in your flour, water, and milk. Over medium heat, constantly whisk until you get a thick, tacky paste (1st photo pictured above- it happens relatively quickly). Remove from heat and using a spatula, scrape the roux into a small bowl and set aside to cool.
- Heat your whole milk in the microwave for 30 seconds, then whisk in your instant yeast and let sit for 10 minutes.
- To the bowl of your stand mixer, add in your flour, salt, and sugar and combine. Using the dough hook attachment, add in your roux, the milk and yeast mixture, and your egg (quickly run your egg under some warm water to bring the temperature up slightly) and mix on low (scraping the sides if needed) until the dough starts to come together. Increase speed to medium low and add your butter 1 tablespoon at a time. Let mix for 7 minutes on medium-low once the butter is incorporated.
- Lightly grease a large bowl with butter. Lightly flour your hands, remove the dough from the stand mixer, and form into a tight ball. Place the ball of dough into your buttered bowl (picture two), cover with a damp towel and let rise for 1 -2 hours, or until doubled in size (picture three).
- Lightly grease your baking dish with butter, set aside. Lightly flour your work surface, and remove your dough from the bowl. Separate your dough into 9 equal pieces and roll each one into a ball, then place in your buttered baking dish. You want the dough to be touching or very close to touching (picture 4). Cover with a damp towel and let rise for another 1 - 2 hours.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a small bowl, whisk together one egg and about 2 teaspoons of water, and using a pastry brush, brush the egg wash lightly over the rolls. Then bake your rolls at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes. Let cool, and set aside.
Cinnamon Honey Butter
- In a medium bowl, add your butter and with a hand mixer, beat for 30 seconds on high. Add your powdered sugar, honey and cinnamon and whisk together until light and fluffy. You could use your hands here, it may just take a little longer and might not fluff up as much.
- Smear inside your rolls or serve in a small dish on the side and enjoy!