Recipe Idea: Easy Butter Dinner Rolls

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Buns are a bit more forgiving than loaves of bread and you can customize them in so many different ways. This bun recipe is a simple, basic dinner roll recipe. It goes great with weekday meals on a starchy side.

dinner rolls

Easy butter dinner rolls

  • 2 packs of yeast ($1)
  • 1/3 cup of warm water
  • 1 cup of warm milk ($0.50)
  • 1/4 cup butter ($0.45)
  • 1/4 cup sugar ($0.25)
  • 2 teaspoons of salt (<$0.05)
  • 2 eggs ($0.40)
  • 4-5 cups of flour ($0.60)

Dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Combine the milk, butter, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs and yeast mixture and stir. Then, add the flour one cup at a time until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Knead for 5-10 minutes, adding a spoonful of flour if the dough feels sticky.

Form the dough into a ball and cover. Let the dough rise for 1 hour in a warm location or until it had doubled in size.

After one hour, work the dough down and knead it briefly. Then, cover it again and let it rise for another hour.

Next, punch down the dough and form 2.5-3 inch balls.  Place the buns on a baking tray and cover. Allow the buns to rise for another hour.

Finally, bake the buns for 12-15 minutes at 350F or until golden. Enjoy!

Servings: 12 buns and one small loaf (15 servings total)

Cost per serving: $0.22

buns on a plate

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