If you are looking for a delicious roll to go with any meal, these Garlic Herb Dinner Rolls are it! Never made dinner rolls before? No problem, let me walk you through the simple steps to make amazing rolls your family will love, and just in time for the holidays!
Getting Started With The Dinner Rolls
Here are a few things to get your started on the dinner rolls.
This recipe uses active dry yeast if you want to use instant yeast, reduce to 2 teaspoons. I like to keep my yeast fresh by storing it in the freezer. I never store at room temp.
These are a whole wheat roll. I love to use a mix of all-purpose flour and white winter wheat. My family loves the milder taste of the white whole wheat. If you haven’t used it before I recommend it.
This is a straight dough method, meaning all ingredients are thrown in at once and mixed. It is really simple!
The herbs in this recipe are oregano, basil, and thyme. The best combo for an Italian soup!
Mixing The Garlic Herb Dinner Roll Dough
Start by activating the yeast. This is an easy process of adding yeast and sugar to the warm milk. Mix it just a touch and let it sit for about 2-5 minutes. This depends on how warm your house is, it can activate pretty quickly, or take a little time. You will know it is ready as it will start to bubble a bit and will look just a little frothy.
Next, add in the remaining ingredients, starting with the smallest amount of all-purpose flour the recipe calls for. Let the dough mix for a minute or 2, then test the dough. You want it to be a little sticky, but not too sticky. Whole wheat flour absorbs more moisture than all-purpose. For this reason, you will want that dough a LITLLE more sticky.
Now, mix on medium speed for about 6-8 minutes until the dough is well mixed and pretty smooth. This mixing time is what builds the gluten network that will give the bread its structure and stability.
It will finish out looking like this. The smell is so good, even from the dough!! Garlic, parmesan, and herbs are the best combo!! Now, cover your bowl and give it the first rise. Preferably it would be in a warm place. You will want it to be doubled.
Shaping the Rolls
You can shape your rolls any way you like, but I will show you how to do the rosette shape I used on these rolls. Divide your dough into 14 pieces on a lightly floured surface.
Next, roll each piece into ropes about 12 inches long.
Now, form a knot in the middle of your rope. Then, take your left-hand side and tuck it under the knot.
Then take the right-hand side of the rope and bring that over and tuck it into the middle of the rosette. You wind up with a perfect little rosette as shown below.
Are these not the cutest shapes?? Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. I love to use the parchment as clean up is so much easier.
Preparing the Garlic Herb Rolls For Baking
Before I bake, I always love to give the rolls a good egg wash. This isn’t a necessary step, but it gives the rolls that beautiful, golden finish. I think it is well worth it. It is simple to make with 1 egg and 2 tablespoons milk. Then brush them on with a pastry brush and they are ready to go! Bake until they are a beautiful golden color.
The Finished Garlic Herb Dinner Rolls
Imagine heading to the table with a basket full of these rolls. Yes, you will be the star of the show and everyone will love you even more than they already do!! Your house will smell amazing.
If you aren’t into the rosette shape, you can always do something else. I think these are really pretty. It is shape I use often!
Are you looking for a great soup to serve with these rolls? I have a few suggestions I think you will love
1cupwarm milkabout 100 degrees. This should feel slightly warm to the touch
2 1/2teaspoonsactive dry yeast
1tablespoonoreganoyou can use fresh if you have it available, I used dry.
1tablespoonbasilsame as above.
1teaspoongarlic powderyou can use fresh minced garlic if you prefer.
1 3/4cupwhole wheat flourI used a hard white wheat.
2-3 1/2cupsall purpose flourThis is a variable. You may need more.
1eggfor egg wash
2tablespoonsmilkfor egg wash
Active yeast in warm milk. To do this, add yeast to warm milk and mix lightly. Let this sit for several minutes until the yeast starts to "bubble" and get frothy. Next, add all ingredients to the stand mixer. Start with only 2 cups of all-purpose flour. Mix on medium speed for about a minute. Check your dough. If it is really sticky, add another 1/2 cup flour, and repeat the process. Remember though, you want your dough to be slightly tacky (sticky). Whole grain breads absorb a lot of moisture. Cover bowl and allow dough to rise until doubled. Mine took about 40 minutes. This will vary depending on how warm your dough is and how warm the environment is.Once it is risen, form how you choose. There are plenty of variations to choose from. If you prefer, bake it into a loaf too. I love this as a braided bread. Cover and allow to rise again until doubled. I have a proof setting on my oven, if you do as well, use this. While it is rising, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brush with an egg wash. I make my egg wash with one egg and 2 tablespoons milk, mixed well.Bake until tops are golden brown. Next, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!!