Taste of Home: Soft Dinner Rolls

Since we don’t eat rice every day, I decided to make soft dinner rolls for tonight’s supper to pair with hubby’s soupe de legumes.

Soft dinner rolls

Dinner rolls fresh from the oven

We love bread. We love soft dinner rolls. We love it especially when we dip the roll in the soup or when we sweep the last drop of sauce on our plate. Hmmm…it’s so delicious. So for us, the softer and fluffier, the better!

Soft dinner rolls

I made a batch of these fluffiest of all fluffy dinner rolls. It’s light, soft and squishy. Plus, it goes along well with salad, soup, sauce, gravy, etc.

In this recipe, there’s nothing complicated about making these rolls. Although it’s just a snap to make it at home but it requires quite a long time to prepare as it has 2 sets of rising times – about 3 hours for the preparation (including the rising time) and about 25 minutes baking time. Likewise, I use simple ingredients (you can find them easily at the supermarket). Plus, I don’t use a mixer to make the dough (if you don’t have a mixer don’t worry), but if you have one, please feel free to use it.

Soft dinner rolls

While it’s in the oven, my family and I love the intoxicating aroma of the bread baking – the smell of the warm fresh bread wafting through the kitchen and into every nook and cranny in our house.

I promise, you are going to love it!

Soft dinner rolls

Ingredients for 16 rolls:

  • ½ cup warm water
  • 3 tbsp salted butter, melted
  • ½ cup milk, slightly warm
  • 4 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 ½ tsp yeast
  • 4 cups all – purpose flour
  • olive oil

soft dinner rolls dough

Soft dinner rolls

How to make it:

  • Activate the yeast in a mixing bowl. Put in ½ cup of warm water, 1 tbsp of white sugar and the yeast. You need to add sugar to feed the yeast so it would be activated. Let it rest for about 5 minutes. Mix it well.
  • Add milk, melted butter, the rest of the sugar, salt and egg to the yeast mixture. Mix well. Add all – purpose flour. Mix it thoroughly.
  • Flour (a wee bit) the working area.
  • Knead the dough until it becomes softer and no more leftover on your fingers.
  • Once the dough looks nice and smooth, form it into a big ball.
  • Lightly oil a bowl. Brush the top of the dough with olive oil and put it into an oiled bowl. Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap. Place it in a warm place in your house.  Let the dough rest for an hour and half to allow it to rise.
  • Butter a 30cm X 15cm baking pan. Set aside.
  • Once the dough has risen well (double in size). Knead the dough. Flatten it.
  • Form the dough into small rolls.
  • Arranged the rolls in the pan. Cover it with a plastic wrap and let it rest for another hour so that it would rise.
  • Preheat oven at 180⁰C for 5 minutes. Bake it for 25 minutes.
  • Once the rolls are baked, brush them over with a light coating of melted butter.
  • Et voila! Enjoy!
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Cambodia: Explore Mondulkiri for its romance in rolling hills

Mondulkiri is a special destination to visit in Cambodia. It is a very different place from the flat, steaming-hot capital city, Phnom Penh. The chock full of natural beauty, the thickly forested mountains, the powerful waterfalls, the lush green rolling hills, the Cambodian aboriginal community, the mild temperatures, the off-the-beaten-tourist trail, the variety of languages used – Khmer, hill tribe languages, Vietnamese, Laos and the tranquility of the place offer such a contrast when compared to Phnom Penh. I love it!

Mondulkiri, Cambodia

Mondulkiri, Cambodia

Mondulkiri, Cambodia

Mondulkiri, Cambodia

Mondulkiri, Cambodia

While traveling from the Penh to Mondulkiri, I couldn’t help but exclaimed, “Wow, it feels like we are traveling to the French countryside!” because of the manicured landscape and the quality of the road.

Mondulkiri, Cambodia

Mondulkiri, Cambodia

Mondulkiri, Cambodia

Mondulkiri, Cambodia

Mondulkiri, Cambodia

Once there, we walked through the forest, ambled hills after hills and did a lot of sightseeing. While hiking, I imagined several scenes from the movie “The Hobbit” especially when Gandalf entered Hobbiton and when Bilbo jumped over the fence and said, “I’m going on an adventure!” Mondulkiri is very picturesque. Certainly, our adventure there was nothing less than spectacular and it was one of the most wonderful experience in Cambodia for us.

Mondulkiri, Cambodia

Mondulkiri, Cambodia

Mondulkiri, Cambodia

Mondulkiri, Cambodia

Little Lilly travel tips:

  • The town of Sen Monorom is the best base camp for travelers who want to explore the surrounding areas.