Easy Amish Dinner Rolls For Thanksgiving

Easy Amish Dinner Rolls For Thanksgiving, 5.9 out of 10 based on 16 ratings
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I know we are all thinking about our Thanksgiving tables.  If you are looking to wow people with a homemade dinner roll, this is an easy – but delicious – recipe. This is an easy and popular dinner roll recipe (soft and puffy) in Amish households, and I’ve heard from a lot of readers who have had great results with this recipe.  Don’t these look great? Thanks reader Jerry for sampling the recipe for us.  These look just like ones I’ve seen in Amish kitchens when this recipe has been used. Slather these warm ones with butter and its pure bliss. Yum!

Easy Amish Dinner Rolls

  • 1 Cup Warm Water
  • 2 Packages Active Dry Yeast (for those who buy in bulk, use a little less than 2 Tbsp)
  • ½ Cup Plus 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 !/2 Cups hot Water
  • ½ Cup Softened Shortening
  • 2½ Tsp Salt
  • 5 Cups Bread Flour, plus more as needed
  1. In a small bowl combine warm water, yeast, and tablespoon of brown sugar.
  2. Stir and let sit for around 10 minutes or until yeast are activated and top of mixture becomes foamy.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine hot water, brown sugar, softened vegetable shortening, and salt.
  4. When the mixture is no longer hot (don’t want to kill the yeast), add yeast mixture and stir to combine.
  5. Add bread flour one cup at a time, stirring between each addition.
  6. After the 5 cups of flour the dough should begin to shape into a ball and no longer stick to the sides of the bowl.
  7. Work in just enough more flour to make a soft but not sticky dough.
  8. Cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour give or take.
  9. After the dough is done rising, punch down, and let sit for 10 minutes.
  10. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper. Begin to form rolls.
  11. Leave enough space in between the rolls for another period of rising & doubling in size. If they touch a little bit after they rise/bake that is OK, they’ll pull apart easily. After you’ve filled your baking sheets, cover the rolls and let rise another 45 minutes or so until doubled.
  12. While the rolls are rising, heat the oven to 350 Degree Fahrenheit. Bake until golden brown… about 25 minutes. (use the higher racks in your oven. You can coat your rolls in melted butter (before baking), honey, or and egg wash. Once you’re finished baking the rolls, let them cool on a wire rack before serving.


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