Monday, April 15, 2013

No-Knead Dinner Rolls - SRC

I am not capable of a low-carb diet.  
There, I said it.

I can avoid processed foods with no problem, but you'd better believe I am more than happy to make and bake from-scratch carbohydrate delights.  And I don't think they're the enemy.  I just think all things should be eaten in moderation.

These dinner rolls were so yummy, my family found it hard to eat them in moderation. I made them for Resurrection Sunday dinner, for which we had 5 adult family members joining us.  I only made a half batch (24) because I thought that would be plenty, with all the other food we were consuming.  Although we did have 3 left over, I think if I had made all 48 rolls, lots more would have been eaten.  And there were great disputes over who got to eat those 3 rolls the next day.

I enjoyed perusing Betcha Can't Eat Just One  as my assigned blog for the Secret Recipe Club this month.  Katie  has some incredible baked goods and seriously MAD cake decorating skills.  I was so tempted by her Neopolitan Whoopie Pies and  I am totally making these Peanut Butter Cups as soon as I can come up with an excuse for them.

But in the end, these dinner rolls made the cut for being my highlighted recipe from her blog.  I am so glad I made them!  I've been wanting to make my own crescent rolls for ages and for whatever reason, never got around to it.  The fact that these require no kneading and no electric mixer was a huge draw - I don't mind kneading or anything, but just that extra time and effort can be a deterrent in making my own bread sometimes.  I did cut down a little on the butter in the dough, and used half white whole wheat flour, although you can certainly use only all-purpose if you prefer.

The rolls are tender and just faintly sweet.  I'll try making them with honey also.....I love bread with honey.
They're a perfect accompaniment to just about any entree and I'm sure a basket of them would disappear in no time.

My kids are begging me to make these rolls again soon.....and I'm looking forward to it!

No-Knead Dinner Rolls
adapted slightly from Betcha Can't Eat Just One
Makes 48 rolls - can be easily cut in half for 24 rolls (still use 1 egg)

1-1/2 cups milk
5 Tbs. butter
1/3 cup sugar + 1 Tbsp.
2 cups warm water
2 Tbsp. yeast
1 Tbsp. salt
1 egg
9-10 cups flour (I used half all-purpose, half white whole wheat)
1/4 - 1/2 cup butter (I went on the lighter side here, but I'm sure the whole amount would be delicious!)

Start by scalding the milk with 5 Tbsp. butter and 1/3 cup sugar. You can do this for 2 minutes in the microwave or use a pot on the stove.  Cut the butter into pieces for easier melting, but don't worry if it doesn't melt completely.

Stir 1-2 cups of flour into the hot milk mixture to cool it down a bit.  Once you know it's not really hot, stir in the egg and salt.  KEEP track of how much flour you're adding!!!

In a large bowl, combine the warm water with the yeast and remaining Tbsp. sugar.  Add the milk mixture to the yeast mixture and stir it all together with a wooden spoon.  Add the remaining flour and mix until all the flour has been moistened. The dough will be fairly sticky.

Cover with a moist dish towel or greased plastic wrap and set in a warm place (I prefer my oven with the light on) to rise for 1 hour or until doubled.

Line two sheet pans with parchment paper or grease them very well.

Gently deflate the dough and remove from the bowl onto a lightly floured work area.  Divide into 4 equal sections.

Roll each section into a circle, about the size of a large dinner plate. Smear each circle of dough with softened butter - I used about 1 Tbsp. but you can use more if you want.

Using a bench scraper or a pizza cutter, divide the dough into 4 wedges.  Cut each wedge into 3 sections.

Roll up each section from the wide edge of the triangle.  Place fairly close together on the baking sheet with the tail of the triangle on tucked under the bottom. Place 24 rolls on each pan.

Let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.  Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake rolls for 15-20 minutes or until  golden brown.

Once removed from oven, run a stick of butter over the tops of the rolls for a delicious buttery glaze!


  1. I can never get enough freshly baked bread. Those rolls look like something I would totally enjoy.

  2. So glad you love these rolls! I've made this recipe SO many times and everyone always loves them...if you follow the link back to HowDoesShe they put little thankful notes inside of the roles for thanksgiving, it's a cute idea!
    Thank you for the kind words!

  3. I love bread too and I love making it. I may need to try this out.

  4. Oh my, what delicious-looking crescent rolls.! I bake a lot of NK bread but never think to make rolls - that's about to change!

  5. These look perfect! And I'll be the house smelled amazing. Great choice!

  6. I love making fresh bread and I too, can't give up carbs! Great SRC choice.

    Heather @ Join Us, Pull up a Chair

  7. Great recipe pick. I can't wait to try these.

  8. Rebekah,
    I am your SRC partner today. I posted, but was unable to link.. I hope it will get straightened out.. So sorry . Here is the link

  9. Your rolls came out beautiful. What a treat for your family..

  10. Rebekah,
    I am so impressed with your baking talent, these rolls are just perfect and look delicious! Great cooking with you in Group B!
    Miz Helen

  11. Those are the most beautiful rolls! I bet they are equally as delicious!

  12. Oh, man, those look good! I am a huge fan of fresh baked bread and these rolls look like they'd go perfectly with just about any meal I could make!! Great choice!

  13. oh boy these sound and look amazing and the no knead part is the icing on the cake

  14. You just can't beat fresh baked goods! And no knead? Sounds like a winner. :)

  15. Lovely looking -- bet they taste even better :)

  16. Homemade rolls are such a comfort food. These look delicious.
    My mom made rolls every Sunday--I have 5 brothers and they devoured plenty. One Sunday she didn't make them, the boy whined and asked where the rolls were. You have to have rolls with potatoes and gravy (another Sunday tradition). Mom said that no one told her thanks the last few times she made them so they must not be appreciated! The boys promised to thank her in the future. She made rolls the next week--all 7 of us thanked her. That was about 45 years ago. You can be sure that she received plenty of thanks every time she made rolls. She is 85 and still makes rolls for Christmas and Thanksgiving--and everyone thanks her!

    1. What a great story! It's always nice to be appreciated, that's for sure. :)

  17. Nothing is better than the aroma of freshly baked bread straight out of the oven. The rolls look great! Stopping by from Group A!

    I'm hosting a giveaway on my blog. I'd love for you to stop by and be a part of it!!!


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