The Best Yeast Rolls Recipe
Today we’re serving Honey Yeast Rolls that are light, airy, and kissed with sweetness! This is honestly The Best Yeast Rolls Recipe I’ve ever made. A classic you’ll come back to again and again.
People get funny when you call something the best.
Here, shove a honey yeast roll in your mouth… It will make you feel less sensitive. *wink*
To clarify, I want it to be known that this is The Best Yeast Rolls Recipe I’ve ever made. You can choose to disagree, but you’ll need to make and test them first.
Then you’ll find it tricky to say much about anything, because your face will be packed with one yeast roll right after the other.
Let me tell you why this is The Best Yeast Rolls Recipe…
First, each little yeast roll is kissed with honey. There is honey in the dough and a honey butter glaze over the top.
Second, to balance the light sweetness, these yeast rolls have a generous dose of sea salt to bring out the best flavor.
Third and most important, the dough is sticky, meaning it will rise and bake into delicate pillows of wheaty goodness.
The Best Yeast Rolls Recipe is such a versatile roll recipe. You can shape the dough any way you want and use them as a side dish, or as buns for sliders.
For sliders I like to roll the dough into balls for a perfectly round yeast roll you can cut in half.
For bread basket rolls, I like to tie them in knots as you see above. Just roll a piece of dough into a short rope, cross one end over the other, then push one end through the hole.
And for Easter, I like to make The Best Yeast Rolls Recipe into bunnies!
Simply roll the dough into ovals.
Then poke “eyes” in one end with a chop stick, and use kitchen sheers to snip ears and tail. Fold the tail down to make it round.
Whether you make round rolls, knots, or bunnies, you will soon discover this roll recipe is The Best Yeast Rolls Recipe after all.
It’s one to tuck in your kitchen journal and use for years to come!
Looking for a gluten free variation? Try these Gluten Free Dinner Rolls.
We also love these Potato Rolls.
The Best Yeast Rolls Recipe
- Pour the milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high until it comes to a simmer to scald the milk, then immediately remove. Add 1/4 cup butter to the milk, stirring until the butter melts. (This starts cooling the milk.) Then stir in 1/3 cup honey. Pour the milk into the bowl of an electric mixer, test with your finger for temperature. The milk needs to be just luke-warm before proceeding, so it doesn't kill the yeast. When the milk mixture is barely over room temperature, sprinkle the yeast over the top. Swirl the bowl a couple times, then let the yeast sit and foam for at least 10 minutes.
- Once the yeast looks foamy, add in eggs and salt. Then place a bread hook on your mixer and turn on low. Slowly add the flour until the dough comes away from the sides into a ball, but is still sticky. Only add 4 1/4 cups of flour, unless extra is needed to make the dough pull away from the sides. Once the dough pulls away from the bowl, stop the mixer - Do not over-mix. Cover the bowl with a damp tea towel and allow it to rise for 1-2 hours, until it is double in size.
- Punch the dough down and cut into 32 equal pieces with a floured knife. Then gently roll into balls, or roll into short ropes and tie into knots. (Or make bunnies! See photos above.) Place the yeast rolls on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, about 2 inches apart, and cover with lightly dampened tea towels or paper towels. Allow the rolls to rise a second time for 30-45 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Melt the remaining 1/2 cup butter and whisk with 1/3 cup honey. Once the rolls have risen the second time, remove the towels and gently brush each roll with honey butter. Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Wait five minutes before serving.
Making this recipe? Follow us on Instagram and tag @ASpicyPerspective so we can share what you’re cooking!