Easter Brunch for 12 – Recipe #3 – Easy Homemade Breakfast Rolls 

 Originally Written: March 29, 2009

By  Hanna Trafford


The one thing about baking your own rolls is that not only do they taste great but they fill your house with that fresh bread aroma that adds to the special atmosphere. The other thing is that baking your own rolls is easier than it looks – and you can’t pretty much go wrong following this recipe! As in my previous recipes, I have added a number of variations for you – the instructions for shaping different kinds of rolls are below the instructions. Try this and please let me know how it worked out for you and what comments you got from you family and friends!

Easy Homemade Breakfast Rolls:

2 pkgs. of active dry yeast

1 cup of lukewarm water

2 teaspoons of sugar

2 cups of milk

1 tablespoon of salt

1/4 cup of sugar

1/2 cup of shortening

8 cups of flour

Melted butter of margarine

Sprinkle yeast in lukewarm water with 2 tablespoons of sugar, let stand for 10 minutes, then stir. Scald milk and combine with salt, 1.2 cup of sugar and shortening, stir until shortening is dissolved. Cool to lukewarm, add softened yeast. Add half the flour and beat with wooden spoon or mixer until smooth. Stir in remaining flour, using just enough to make a soft dough and prevent sticking to hands or bowl. Use more if necessary. Turn out on lightly floured board, cover with a clean towel and let rest for about 10 minutes. Knead until smooth and elastic.Shape into a smooth ball and place in a greased bowl; turn dough over to grease the entire surface. Cover and let rise in a warm place (80-85F) until double in bulk- about 1-1/2 hours. Punch down and divide into equal portions. Shape as desired (shaping instruction are below this recipe) and place in a greased pan. Brush tops with melted butter or margarine. Cover with clean towel again and let rise in warm place until double in size – about 1 hours. Bake in moderate oven (375F) for 15 – 20 miutes.

This recipe will make about 4 dozen small breakfast rolls.


Whole Wheat Rolls:

Use half of all purpose flour and half whole wheat flour

Method of shaping rolls:

breakfast_roll_main3Plain Rolls: Shape dough into smooth round balls of equal size. For crusty rolls, [lace 1: apart om greased baking sheet. For taller, soft rolls, place close together so that they touch.

cloverleaf-rollsCloverleaf Rolls: Shape dough into small round balls – about the size of a walnut. Dip each ball into melted butter and place 3 balls in each section of greased muffin pan. Size of balls will depend on the size of your muffin pan.

crescent-rollsCrescents: Roll dough into circular shape about  1/4″ think. Cut in equal pie shaped pieces. Brush with melted butter and roll up each piece, beginning at wide end. Curve slightly to form a crescent, tucking ends under. Place on greased baking sheet and bake.

parkerhouse-rollsParkerhouse Rolls: Roll dough 1/4″ think.Cut with 2: round cookies cutter. Make a crease across each round, a little off centre, with back of a knife. Brush with melter butter. Fold over the crease so that wider half is on top; press edges together. Place 1″ apart on greased baking sheet, brush again with melted butter and bake.

finger-rollsFinger Rolls: Shape dough into small round balls. Roll each ball with palm of your hand to desired thickness, keeping them smooth and uniform in size. Place 1″ apart on greased baking sheet, brush with butter and bake.

garlic-butter-fan-tan-rolls_9FanTans: Divide dough into siz and roll each part into a rectangle 9″ x 5″ x 1/4″ thick. Brush with melted butter. Cut each rectangle into 1″ strips. stack strips in piles of 5, buttered side up. Cut each pile into 6 equal pieces. Place cut size down in greased muffin pans.

Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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