30 Minute Dinner Rolls

45 minutes. I have 45 minutes before I leave for lunch at my friend Charlotte’s house. Chances of me baking up “30 Minute Dinner Rolls” in that time?
Nil. So I better get my hustle on…. Throw a snack plate at the girls and GO!

I set the oven to 400 degrees, schlep out the mixer, add the first few ingredients to the mixer’s bowl and let it set to proof for 15-ish minutes while I start packing up my “to go” bag – this could include anything from tissues to a witch’s broom, depending on the day and the girls’ attitude.

Moving right along, I add the rest of the ingredients and start adding the flour 1/2 cup at a time, then quickly grab just one more thing to bring with me. And there you have it. The moment when I totally forget just how many cups of flour I had already put into the bowl….2…. 2 1/2?


“not right” looking dough

Staying calm, I just keep adding more and more flour until there is so much flour that it is sitting on the bottom of the bowl untouched. I take the bowl out and start hand kneading it all together ……………. the dough is actually doughy and I am hopeful ……………. this is almost relaxing ……………. didn’t I have a bandaid on that pinkie? …………….

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And so begins the step not mentioned in the recipe I am following: the “pull dough apart small clump by small clump, holding it up to the sun searching for anything that looks vaguely like a small beige bandaid” part, but here I am doing it.

the search

the search

Searching, I am kicking myself for not just putting on that bright pink Hello Kitty bandaid that was sitting on the counter in the bathroom. I am also thinking about just leaving it in. That’s right, a fun little spin on the “baking a toy baby in a slice of cake” baby shower game. Whoever finds mommy’s bandaid in their roll gets a prize! A great big hug! YEA!!!

Finally. I find it. Near the bottom of the barrel I hit gold in the form of plastic. Time slipping away, I continue on and bake those bad boys up. I am in fact 15 minutes late for Charlotte’s (sorry Charlotte), but here’s the thing, I am able to walk away with these three thoughts:

  1. for a normal person that recipe would in fact only take 30 minutes;
  2. even after butchering them, the rolls were so good the kids asked for more;
  3. I’m so relieved the kids didn’t have to risk ingesting any foreign objects in their food… at least, not for tonight.

30 Minute Dinner Rolls

Original Recipe:


Dubious Recipe: 

  • 1 cup warm water
  • ⅓ cup oil (I like to use olive oil)
  • 2 TBSP active dry yeast
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ TSP salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3½ cups flour (either bread flour or all-purpose will work)
  • 2 TBSP flax seed (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer (or bowl if kneading by hand) combine:1 cup warm water, ⅓ cup oil, 2 TBSP yeast, and ¼ cup sugar. Allow the mixture to rest for 15 minutes.
  3. Mix 2 cups of the flour, ½ TSP salt, and the egg into the yeast mixture using a dough hook (or knead by hand.) Add the remaining 1½ cups flour ½ cup at a time.
  4. Shape dough into balls and place in a 9×13 pan. Let dough rest for 10 minutes.
    (I scooped out rolls in 1/4 cup sizes. I have made this recipe before and made 12 rolls as suggested, but found the rolls were so large they were still uncooked in the middle so I kept cooking them ….. and wait for it…. burned them. So I am attempting 1/4 cups here.)
  5. Bake for 10 minutes or until tops are just golden brown. Enjoy. Sans any bandaids.

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