These rolls can be made with or without an Instant Pot. However, using your Instant Pot to proof the dough can significantly decrease the amount of time it takes from start to finish.
The Instant Pot provides a warm, humid place where the yeast dough is in it’s happy place. So, instead of letting your bread rise for 45-60 minutes, you can have it ready to go in 30!
How to make homemade dinner rolls In the instant pot
Start off by heating your milk in a saucepan over medium heat. The trick is to remove it from the heat as soon as it starts to boil.
After you’ve removed it from the heat, place cold stick of butter into the hot milk. Allow butter to melt and then stir. Cool this mixture until it almost room temperature.
While the milk is cooling, mix together your warm water, yeast, and 1/2 tsp of sugar together. Set it aside and let the yeast activate (about 10 minutes).
Next, pour the room temperature milk and the yeast mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add in the remaining sugar, salt, and eggs. Mix until well combined.
Add in an additional 3 cups of flour and mix together.
It’s important that you not add all your flour in at once. It allows it to become incorporated into the dough a little better.
Add the remaining 4 cups of flour and mix slowly until combined. This dough will be very sticky.
If rising the traditional way, let rise until double (about 45-60 minutes), punch down and then repeat once more (45-60 minutes or until doubled). After this, you’ll be ready to form the rolls.
If you’re using the Instant Pot, first pour your oil into the liner of the Instant Pot, and roll the dough in the oil so the dough is covered. Then, press the Yogurt button and ensure it is set to ‘Normal’.
Cover with a glass lid and let it proof for 20 minutes. Then, take the lid off, and knead a bit inside the liner. Replace the lid and proof for 10 more minutes.
To make your bread not as sticky you can roll it out with flour underneath and flour on top. I used a pizza cutter to cut the rolls evenly.
Next pinch a small amount of dough (about the size of a golf ball) or take one of your formed squares and form into a small ball.
Prepare a baking sheet with non-stick spray. Place dough balls approximately 1 inch apart on the baking sheet.
Preheat oven to 450°. Let the rolls rise while the oven is preheating.
Once the oven has heated, bake the rolls on the middle rack for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Watch them so they don’t burn! Brush cooked rolls with butter if desired.
Instant Pot Cheat:
Traditionally, these Dinner Rolls would take hours to prepare. 1 hour first rise, 1 hour second rise, 1 hour third rise.
But, with the Instant Pot, you can cut that time SIGNIFICANTLY! 20 minute first rise, 10 minute second rise, 15 minute third rise.
It’s almost too good to believe, but they really do end up as soft and fluffy as the traditional way.
How to Form Instant Pot Rolls:
The trick to forming the perfect rolls is to add a little bit of flour to your hands and onto the table. This is a very sticky dough and you’ll extra flour if you want this step to go smoothly.
Before forming the rolls, grease your hands with butter. This will make it so the dough doesn’t stick to you.
Pinch a golf-ball sized ball of dough and then form a smooth ball by tucking the edges around and underneath. Then, place on the greased baking sheet.
If you want rolls that are touching after the bake, place them about an inch apart on the baking sheet. If you want individual rolls, give them a little more space. I like mine with a little bit of space so I can make sandwiches with them.
What Instant Pot and Accessories you will need
If you don’t have an Instant Pot, this recipe might sell you on getting one! Here are our recommendations:
- Instant Pot Duo 6 quart – it has the yogurt button you need to proof your bread!
- Instant Pot Glass Lid – easy for using with these rolls and if you want to make yogurt.
- Instant Pot Stainless Steel Inner Cooking Pot – because even if you don’t use it for making these rolls, you will use it.
Related Recipe: We have a delicious roll recipe you’ll want to try. Homemade Lion House Rolls Recipe (and Honey Butter). They are so fluffy and tasty!
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