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Brown and Serve Rolls with Butter.
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Brown and Serve Dinner Rolls-Bread Machine

Homemade Brown and Serve Dinner Rolls are a perfect addition to any meal. Serve them at an elegant dinner party, a simple soup and salad meal, or any type of meal in between for rave reviews. Let the bread machine do most of the work in preparing these delicious rolls that are pillowy soft on the inside and golden brown on the outside. 
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time14 minutes
Bread Machine and Rising2 hours 30 minutes
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Servings: 18 Dinner Rolls
Calories: 105kcal


  • Bread Machine


Flour Paste (Tangzhong) Starter

  • 3 Tablespoons (0.9375 ounces) unbleached bread flour
  • ½ cup (4 ounces) filtered water

Brown and Serve Dinner Rolls

  • Flour paste (tangzhong) starter from above
  • ¾ cup plus 1 ½ Tablespoons (6.75 total ounces) of milk
  • 2 Tablespoons (1 ounce) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tablespoons (0.875 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Kosher salt (See Tip 1)
  • 3 cups (15 ounces) unbleached bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons instant or bread machine yeast


  • Flour Paste (Tangzhong)
  • Whisk together 3 tablespoons of bread flour and ½ cup of water in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for between 40 and 80 seconds, stirring every 20 seconds or until a thick paste forms. (See Tip 2)

Brown and Serve Dinner Rolls

  • Line a half baking sheet (roughly 18 by 13 inches) with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Add flour paste, milk, butter, and egg to the pan of a bread machine. Stir to break up the egg lightly. Add the sugar, salt, bread flour, and yeast to the pan of the bread machine. Program on dough cycle. (See Tip 3)
  • When the dough cycle finishes, transfer the dough to a floured surface. Divide the dough into 18 pieces (approximately 1.6 ounces each). Form into balls, and place on prepared baking sheet. (See Tip 4)
  • Cover and allow to rise until doubled in volume, 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 300°F.
  • Uncover the rolls and bake at 300°F for 14 to 16 minutes, or until the rolls register between 170°F and 175°F. Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature. Transfer the baking sheet with the rolls to the freezer, and freeze the rolls until solid, about an hour. Transfer rolls to a Ziploc bag and freeze for up to 6 weeks. (See Tip 5)
  • To bake the brown and serve rolls, transfer them to a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 400°F oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. (See Tip 6)



  1. If you're using regular table salt, reduce the amount to 1 ¼ teaspoons.
  2. If the dough seems too sticky in the bread machine, add another tablespoon of bread flour.
  3. The actual time will vary depending on your specific microwave. My microwave is 1600W, and it took 40 seconds. 
  4. I like to make three columns with 6 dough balls each.
  5. Handle the prebaked rolls carefully. Until they are frozen, the rolls will be very delicate.
  6. The actual time required to cook the brown and serve rolls will depend on your oven. I use my toaster oven when cooking a handful of brown and serve rolls.


Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 589mg | Potassium: 41mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 69IU | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.2mg