Monday, April 2, 2012

ABC - Buttery Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls

Doesn't that look soft and fluffy? :o)

Sixteen yummy rolls!

This month's ABC recipe was a wonderful yeast recipe: Buttery Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls from The Weekend Baker by Abby Dodge. The recipe has a "plain" version (which is what I made), a poppy seed version, a black pepper/cheese version, and an herb version. All of the varieties are worth trying out sometime.

If you would like to join the ABC baking club, please email me at HanaasKitchen [at] live [dot] com. You can find more info about our baking club on the ABC blog.

Of course, I tweaked the recipe a little bit (sorry Abby). The recipe had a little too much fat for my liking and a little too much sugar (lots of unnecessary calories). My complete list of changes can be found at the bottom of this post.

All ingredients went into my bread machine, I turned on the Dough cycle and 90 minutes later, the dough was ready to be shaped into sixteen 60 gram rolls. The dough was such a pleasure to work with. It was so soft and supple, just a touch sticky, so I oiled my work surface (silicone pad) and my hands for easy handling. I prefer that over using flour to prevent the dough from absorbing the extra flour.

After the dough cycle is complete

After shaping the rolls (brushed with a little oil)

After a 40 minute rise

I baked them at 425 F for 5 minutes, and then lowered the temperature to 375 F and baked them for another 18 minutes. Next time, I'll bake them a couple minutes less because they were a little too brown for my taste.


Just got brushed with melted butter

Inside view

Awwww... look, they're kissing :o)

Final thoughts/tips:
  • These rolls were so soft and fluffy. They were tasty as well. I had some plain, still warm from the oven, and some with butter. Yum! I'm definitely putting this recipe on my make-again (and again) list :o)
  • I made a few changes to the recipe, like subbing 25% of the white flour with Whole Wheat flour. You can find all my changes at the bottom of this post.
  • If you would like to try the original recipe, you can find it here on COOKSTR.
  • Don't forget to check out how the other ABC bakers liked these super awesome rolls.
  • This post has been submitted to Susan's weekly round-up of yeast recipes over at YeastSpotting.

Buttery Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls
(adapted from The Weekend Baker)

  • 1 cup (8 fl ounces/233 ml) 1% milk
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup water (or more), to obtain a soft, slightly sticky dough
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons (1-1/4 ounces/35 grams) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce/28 grams) vegetable oil
  • 123 grams King Arthur Flour white whole wheat flour
  • 2-3/4 cup (345 grams) bread flour
  • 23 grams (1/3 cup) non-fat dry milk powder
  • 23 gram (1/3 cup) dried potato flakes (for instant mashed potatoes)
  • 2 tsp (7 grams) instant yeast
  • 28 grams (1 ounce) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 large egg
Combine all ingredients in the bread machine, run the dough cycle. Then proceed as directed in original recipe.


  1. Your rolls are perfectly done, soft and fluffy. It seems most of you replace all-purpose flour with bread flour.

  2. Your rolls looks wonderful, Hanaa! And you made an interesting twist to the recipe by adding in potato flakes, a definite plus in soft rolls! I replace the half-and-half with milk too! These rolls are fantastic, already planning to bake another batch this week! Thanks for a great pick! Looking forward to next month's scones!! :)

  3. These look so great! I think I'll have to make this recipe and half it (only two people eating over here) and it will be easy since you posted weights!! YAY! These really do look fluffy and amazing. They remind me of the rolls they used to serve in high school drenched in chili and cheese, yum!!

  4. Beautiful rolls Hanaa! I will try bread flour next time.

  5. I got to know ABC thru Joyce's too. I actually have a copy of this book but had lot of commitments at this point that I'm not exactly ready to join ABC yet. I might bake along with ABC if I can make time for some specific recipe.

    I would love to follow you to kept informed of the chosen ABC recipe :D

  6. Hi Hanaa - these rolls look perfect! I'm like you, I prefer to roll with oil too. Great photos!!

  7. Your rolls look great Hanaa! I like how the crust browned. Will post mine tomorrow! :-)

  8. Wow, this bread can never go wrong, everyone, esp kids will love them so much!

  9. They look so good! You did well to add potato flakes to the dough, they must taste lovely those rolls.

  10. Beautiful rolls, just the way our kids love love love them!!!

  11. hi Hanaa,

    your rolls look so good! cant wait to bake mine now :)

  12. Hi Hanaa - these look delicious and so light and fluffy!! I'm planning to make these tomorrow - can't wait :)

  13. Oh yours are so nice and round like real "kadetjes" ;-0
    Great looking rolls Hanâa! You're becoming a real pro at yeasty bakes!

  14. Heloo Hanaa I was wondering if you can tell me how to make these beautiful dinner rolls in a stand mixer and thank you ...


Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment.