Last week I made a super delicious pot roast for dinner. The roast had been in the oven for about an hour when I realized that I had completely forgotten to make fresh dinner rolls. Luckily, I remembered that I already had thaw and bake dinner rolls in the freezer.
If you’re anything like me, always forgetting about dinner plans until it is too late, then you are going to love these homemade thaw and bake dinner rolls. Just take them out of the freezer, let them rise for two hours and bake for 15 minutes. So easy, even I can do it.
Thaw and Bake Dinner Rolls
1/4 cup warm water
2 packets (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm milk
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
3 large eggs, divided
6 1/2 cups flour
In a small bowl, combine the water and the yeast. Stir well and let sit until foamy, about 5 minutes.
While you are waiting for the yeast to foam, combine the milk, melted butter, sugar, salt and two of the eggs in a large bowl. Next, add in the yeast mixture and stir well.
Using a wooden spoon, stir in 6 cups flour, 1 cup at a time. Once all the flour has been incorporated, turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead for about 5 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic.
Spray a large bowl with cooking spray, and place the dough into the bowl. Spray the top of the dough with cooking spray and cover with plastic wrap. Place the bowl in a warm spot and let rise for about an hour or until double in size.
Once the dough has risen, punch it down. Divide the dough into 30 equal size pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, and place them on a jelly roll pan that has been covered in parchment paper, making sure that the rolls are not touching. Place the baking sheet in the freezer, and let the rolls freeze for at least two hours. After the rolls have frozen, place them in a freezer bag and store them in the freezer until you are ready to bake them.
To Bake Immediately: Place the desired number of rolls in a pan that has been spray with cooking spray. Spray the top of the rolls with cooking spray and cover them with plastic wrap. Let them rise for an hour then bake as directed below.
To Bake Frozen Rolls: Remove the desired number of rolls from the freezer bag and place them in a pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Spray the rolls with cooking spray and cover with plastic wrap. Place the rolls in a warm spot and let them rise for two hours, until doubled in size.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, beat an egg and brush the top of the rolls. Bake for 15 minutes, until the rolls are golden brown.
When the rolls have finished baking, place them on a cooling rack and let them cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.