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Salted Honey Butter Rolls

The ultra-soft enriched dough we use provides a texture unlike any other, one that will have the whole family reaching for seconds the moment they take that first bite. Flaky, soft, and slightly sweet; these salted honey butter rolls are what dreams are made of.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Proof/Resting Time:2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Bread
Keyword: baking, bread, enriched dough, Fall, honey, milk bread, parker rolls, sea salt flakes, soft bread, sweet bread
Servings: 24 rolls
Author: Callie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk, warm (about 110°F) (I have made this recipe with fat free, whole, and 2% milk and they all work really nicely)
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • tsp red star active dry yeast
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 3⅓ cups bread flour OR all purpose flour (plus a bit more if needed)
  • 1 tsp sea salt flakes *Maldon sea salt flakes is my preferred brand, but any sea salt flakes should work!

Salted Honey Butter

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp sea salt flakes *Maldon sea salt flakes is my preferred brand, but any sea salt flakes should work!

Instructions

  • Heat milk to 110°-115°F. Add white granulated sugar and yeast. Set aside for about 10 minutes to let the yeast activate (it should rise and get foamy).
  • Meanwhile, add egg, softened butter, and honey to your stand mixer and combine ingredients.
  • Once yeast has activated add it to your stand mixer and combine with other wet ingredients.
  • With stand mixer on the lowest speed setting, begin adding flour (and sea salt flakes) one spoonful at a time. The dough will start out sticky, but as the gluten develops it will take on a more elastic springy texture. Knead the dough with your stand mixer for an additional 3-5 minutes after all flour has been added.
    *If the dough still seems sticky (you should be able to poke at it without it leaving residue) gradually spoon in an additional ¼ cup of flour.
  • After kneading the dough for a few minutes cover your stand mixer's bowl with plastic wrap and let it rest for 30 minutes (or up to a couple hours).
  • While the dough is resting lightly grease a 12x18 or 9x13 nonstick rectangle pan or dish. Prepare salted honey butter in a small mixing bowl, melt and combine honey, butter, and sea salt flakes.
  • After you have given the dough time (30 minutes) to rest and rise a bit remove it from mixing bowl. Divide the dough into 24 equal portions and lightly coat rolling pin with flour. Roll dough flat and even about ¼ inch thick. Lightly brush rolled dough with salted honey butter using a pastry brush and then roll it up (see picture or video) and place it in greased baking dish.
    (I typically divide the dough into 4 equal parts, then divide each quarter into thirds. Then I cut each third in half.) Just try to keep the sizing even! *if you want bigger rolls feel free to change your portion size, but anticipate a different bake time!
  • Evenly space rolls on prepared baking dish leaving room for them to proof and expand. Cover baking dish with plastic wrap or wet towel and leave it to rise in a warm area for about 2 hours. This proofing time is essential for rolls to become airy and light, so don't cut it short!
    Set a timer for an hour and a half to preheat your oven. This gives your oven half an hour to preheat while bread is still proofing*) Preheat the oven to 350° F with convection on. (You can absolutely make these rolls in a conventional oven without convection. Just keep an eye on the bread because the cook time will change a bit.  They usually bake for 8-10 minutes with convection on,  it might be closer to 12 minutes without convection.  You might also need to rotate the pan halfway through to get an even bake*)
  • Rolls should double in size and be touching. Gently brush salted butter on the rolls lightly coating all the visible areas.
  • Transfer rolls to the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes until the top of bread looks evenly golden brown across the top.
  • When rolls are ready to come out of the oven brush them with remaining honey butter one last time and sprinkle with sea salt flakes - EAT & ENJOY!

Nutrition

Serving: 1roll