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How to Make The Best and Fluffiest Dinner Rolls

Everyone seems to love these fluffy little yeast rolls that come with Thanksgiving dinner.  Learn my best tips to make perfectly soft dinner rolls for your family.

1. Knead the dough.

Tip: Knead it on low speed just until it comes together. Then let it rest for 20 minutes so that the flour starts absorbing some moisture.

2. Add the butter and knead.

Tip: Gradually add room temperature butter and knead until the dough releases from the sides of the bowl.

3. Do the windowpane test.

Tip: When the dough passes the windowpane test, you know that gluten is sufficiently developed, and the rolls will be soft and airy.

4. Chill the dough overnight.

Tip: Rising overnight in the fridge significantly improves the taste and texture of the rolls. Don't skip it!

5. Let it double in size.

Tip: Let the dough rise in a straight-sided vessel and mark it. You know it's ready to shape when it's airy and full of bubbles.

6. Cut into equal pieces.

Tip: Cut the dough into equal pieces as accurately as possible so that the rolls are baked through evenly.

7. Roll into even balls.

Tip: Deflate the dough pieces before rolling them into balls. This makes for a perfect oven spring.

8. Let rise a second time.

Tip: Let rise in a warm place so it only takes about 45-60 minutes for them to double in size.

9. Brush with egg wash before baking.

Tip: The egg wash ensures that the formation of a crust is delayed and the rolls rise better.

10. Let cool.

Tip: For super soft and squishy buns, brush the tops with butter immediately after baking and cover with a dry kitchen towel for 20 minutes.

Serve warm and enjoy.  Be prepared that your family will keep requesting them over and over again. Happy Baking!