Fluffy Thanksgiving Dinner Rolls

November 17, 2016
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Thanksgiving Dinner Rolls with Brown Butter

I made these soft dinner rolls with the addition of browned butter and sage. The sage flavor is very subtle and the browned butter adds a wonderful earthy flavor. The two ingredients make them set them apart from the usual, classic dinner rolls. Why not add a little extra bling-bling for a great Thanksgiving (or other) feast. Besides, who doesn’t like browned butter and sautéed sage? Well, at least I really love this combination. Recently, I am adding those two ingredients in/on almost every meal. So I thought to myself, why not try a recipe for classic Thanksgiving dinner rolls WITH sage and browned butter? And, I am pleased to say that they turned out gorgeous.

Dinner Rolls wit Sage and brown Butter

The recipe is pretty straight forward: There are two proving times involved (each time about 1 hour) and you can divide the work for these dinner rolls between two days – which is great for Thanksgiving. There is enough food prepping anyway on this day.

By the way, we Austrians, like Canadians, celebrate Thanksgiving in October. It’s not really a big deal though – and oh no, not comparable with Thanksgiving in the US at all. It’s more of a church holiday without a big feast with family and friends. Families usually reunite during Christmas time in Austria. I guess that’s our biggest holiday and not so much around Thanksgiving. Being here in Cambridge, MA on Thanksgiving means in some way embracing local holidays though. Every year we are gathering with a group of international friends and of course, have a good time and eat fantastic, comforting food! These fluffy dinner rolls will for sure make it to every Thanksgiving table from now on.

Recipe for dinner rolls

Ingredients for Dinner Rolls

Ingredients for dinner rolls

Sage Dinner Rolls Recipe

Chopped sage

First of all, chop the sage leaves.

Easy dinner rolls with sage and brown butter

Sautée sage in butter until crispy and butter is golden to goldenbrown.

Heat the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until it starts to bubble and foam. Add the sage leaves and continue heating and stirring until the butter turns golden/light brown (about 30 seconds). Remove from the heat and let cool.

Dough for fluffy dinner rolls

Mix liquid ingredients.

Meanwhile, combine warm milk and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add yeast to milk-sugar mixture and let it stand for 5 minutes to dissolve. With a sturdy spoon, stir in cooled butter and sage …

Thanksgiving Dinner Rolls in the making

Dough for dinner rolls in the making

… then add 1/2 of the flour, and salt. Mix it thoroughly, and then add the remaining flour. Mix the ingredients until they come together to a sticky dough.

Dough for Thanksgiving dinner rolls

Knead the dough until smooth and let it double in volume

Turn the dough out onto a floured counter and knead until smooth, about 5 to 10 minutes. The dough should still be moist and a little sticky.

Oil a clean mixing bowl and return the dough to the bowl. (If you want to divide the work, put the dough in the fridge now.) Let it rise covered at room temperature until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

Easy Thanksgiving dinner rolls recipe

Shape 16 equal balls.

 

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and divide it into 16 equal pieces. Shape each piece of dough into a smooth, tight round ball. Here is a video how you can do that.

Thanksgiving Dinner Rolls recipe

Place the rolls on an 8×8-inch sheet.

Place the rolls onto an 8×8-inch (20 cm) baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Fluffy Thanksgiving Dinner Rolls

Let rise until puffy, brush with egg-wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Let the buns rise covered until puffy, about 1 hour. Brush the buns carefully with egg wash two times and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Recipe for Thanksgiving Dinner Rolls with Brown Butter

Bake at 350°F (180°C) until golden brown.

Put them in the center rack of the preheated oven and bake them for 20-25 minutes at 350 °F (180 °C) or until golden brown on top.

Easy Thanksgiving Dinner Rolls

Enjoy!

Let the dinner rolls cool a little in the pan and serve.

Enjoy!

 

Fluffy Thanksgiving Dinner Rolls

Yield: 16 rolls, 8x8-inch pan

Fluffy Thanksgiving Dinner Rolls

The sage flavor in these dinner rolls is very subtle and the browned butter adds a wonderful earthy flavor. The two ingredients make them set them apart from the usual, classic dinner rolls. You can divide the work between two days if you like (see step 6).

Ingredients

  • 15-30 medium sage leaves (15 yield a very subtle sage-flavor)
  • 3 tablespoons (42 grams) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp (210 ml) warm milk
  • 1.5 tablespoons (20 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons (3.5 grams) active dry yeast
  • 280 g bread flour (about 2 cups), you can substitute all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt

    To finish:
  • 1 egg yolk mixed with 1 teaspoon milk
  • Sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Chop the sage leaves.
  2. Heat the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until it starts to bubble and foam. Add the sage leaves and continue heating and stirring until the butter turns golden/light brown (about 30 seconds). Remove from the heat and let cool.
  3. Meanwhile, combine warm milk and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add yeast to milk-sugar mixture and let it stand for 5 minutes to dissolve.
  4. With a sturdy spoon, stir in butter and sage, then 1/2 of the flour, and salt. Mix it thoroughly, and then add the remaining flour. Mix the ingredients until they come together to a sticky dough. With floured or greased hands, try to fold the edges of the dough into the center a couple of times. If the dough is too sticky, cover the bowl and let it rest for 5 minutes. After that, the dough is usually workable.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a floured counter and knead until smooth, about 5 to 10 minutes. The dough should still be moist and a little sticky.
  6. Oil a clean mixing bowl and return the dough to the bowl. (If you want to divide the work, put the dough in the fridge now, see note.) Let it rise covered at room temperature until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  7. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and divide it into 16 equal pieces. Shape each piece of dough into a smooth, tight round ball and place them onto an 8x8-inch (20 cm) baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  8. Let the rolls rise covered until puffy, about 1 hour. Brush them carefully with egg wash two times and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  9. Put them in the center rack of the preheated oven and bake them for 20-25 minutes at 350 F (180 C) or until golden brown on top. Let the dinner rolls cool a little in the pan and serve.

Notes

If you want to divide the work, put the dough in the fridge directly after you kneaded it and let it rest tightly covered overnight in the fridge. Bring the dough to room temperature before you use it the next day. Take it out of the fridge about 1/2 to 3/4 hour to bring it to room temperature before shaping the rolls.

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Fluffy Thanksgiving Dinner Rolls was last modified: June 23rd, 2017 by Ursula

2 thoughts on “Fluffy Thanksgiving Dinner Rolls

    1. Ursula Post author

      Hi CS, Oh I know that would be so convenient. But unfortunately, you would need to know the exact fridge temperature and amount of yeast so that the rolls are not over/under proved. I have never tried it, so I can’t recommend it. I only know that it will work for the unshaped dough, when you have finished kneading. It’s always difficult to almost impossible to let the shaped pastries rest in the fridge overnight without being able to check every couple of hours. It’s either overproved or not risen enough…. Ursula

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