Lion House Rolls – Hands-down my very favorite homemade roll recipe! Soft, fluffy and have a nice buttery taste. Perfect for the holidays or anytime you want an amazingly, delicious roll with dinner!
Lion house rolls have to be one of my favorite things EVER. Have you had them? If you haven’t, you need to make them! Like NOW! Seriously put these on your list! You will thank me later… ahh, okay maybe you won’t. ;)
Imagine these homemade rolls fresh out of the oven and topped with melted butter and homemade strawberry jam. Holy cow! Words cannot describe the amazing taste! Each lion house dinner roll is super soft and fluffy with a nice buttery taste. Seriously, if I’m in charge of making rolls…this is my go to lion house rolls recipe! And they aren’t too difficult to make…promise!
How to shape lion house rolls
Roll the dough out to make a long horizontal shape, similar to the picture above. Divide the dough in half horizontally. Next, make vertical cuts down the dough from one end to the other. This should make about 18 individual strips of dough that are 2-2.5 inches wide. To shape each homemade roll individually, take the dough strip with both hands and stretch it out vertically. Then flip the dough around from the bottom up, similar to how it’s done in this video. You can also roll them up like crescents, like I show in the video below.
How do you make yeast rolls light and fluffy?
The key to making light and fluffy homemade rolls is to let the dough rise. I like to roll my dough in a ball, place it in a large bowl and let it rise in a warm place until it doubles in size. Then I’ll roll the dough out and shape the rolls. I then let the rolls rise in a warm place until they double in size (for about an hour). Then they are ready to stick in the oven and bake beautifully…super light and fluffy!
How to store homemade rolls
These lion house rolls will keep at room temperature in an airtight container or storage bag for about 2-3 days. To freeze, wrap each homemade roll individually with foil and place in a storage bag in the freezer. The frozen rolls are best if reheated and eaten within about a month. To reheat, keep the rolls wrapped in foil and bake at 35o for about 10-15 minutes. Feel free to take the foil off within the last couple of minutes to brown the tops a little more.
Favorite meals to serve with lion house rolls
Holiday dinners: We always make these house rolls for Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas dinner. We never celebrate the holidays without them!
Lion House Rolls
- 2 cups warm water (about 105-110°F)
- 2/3 cup nonfat instant dry milk
- 2 tbsp dry yeast
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup softened butter , or shortening
- 1 egg
- 5 cups bread or all-purpose flour , more or less as needed
- In a large bowl of an electric mixer, combine the water and milk powder and stir until the milk dissolves. Sprinkle the yeast on top, stir and let it sit for a few minutes, or until the yeast has started to pouf.
- Next add the sugar, salt, butter, egg and 2-3 cups of the flour. Using a mixer with a dough hook (can also stir by hand), mix on low speed. Then turn to medium speed and mix for 2 minutes.
- Stop the mixer and add 2 more cups of flour and then mix on low speed until the ingredients are wet. Then turn mixer on medium speed and mix for 2 minutes. The dough will be getting stiff and you may need to remove the bowl from the mixer and mix in the remaining flour by hand. Add approximately 1/2 cup of flour until the dough is soft. It should not be overly sticky or stiff.
- Scrape the dough off the sides of the bowl and add 1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil around the sides of the bowl. Turn the dough over in the bowl so it is covered with the oil (this helps prevent the dough from drying out). Cover with plastic and allow to rise in a warm place until double in size (about 1 hour).
- Sprinkle your counter with flour or use a baking mat and put the dough on top. Roll out and cut into desired shape and size of rolls. Place on lightly greased baking pans. Let rise in a warm place until the rolls are double in size (about 45 minutes).
- Bake homemade rolls at 350°F for 12-15 minutes or until browned. Brush with melted butter when taken out of the oven.
You can also roll these up like crescent rolls (shown in the video) as well. All you need to do is roll half the dough into a circle and then cut like a pizza. Then roll from the outer edge in. So yummy either way :)