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30-Minute Garlic and Cheese Dinner Rolls (A Quick and Easy Bread Baking Recipe)

A variety of garlic and cheese dinner rolls.

While many people are intimidated by baking homemade dinner rolls or bread, this recipe for 30 Minute Garlic and Cheese Dinner Rolls is a perfect introduction to the world of baking bread. With a 30 minute preparation time, it's also perfect for nights when you're preparing dinner in a rush!

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Baking time: 15-20 minutes

Serves: 12 individuals

While many people love to eat bread and rolls and will buy these things at a bakery, many people are intimidated by the thought of making bread or dinner rolls themselves at home in their own kitchens. For whatever reason, the idea of using yeast, kneading dough, and shaping the bread just seems too complicated for many folks.

After all, they may think, isn’t bread baking a long, drawn-out process involving lengthy rising times and all? Why should I bother with learning to bake it when I can just buy a can of dinner roll dough in the dairy aisle and pop it out of the tube and onto a pan?

There are several very good reasons to make your own bread or rolls at home. First, think about what is in one of those mysterious tubes of dough. If you take the time to read the label, chances are pretty good that there are some strange sounding, unpronounceable words in the ingredients list.

Wouldn’t you like to know exactly what you are eating yourself and serving your family? If you learn to bake your own dinner rolls, you will have control over every ingredient in the rolls and you can bet that you’ll be able to pronounce each and every ingredient in the rolls.

Second, baking homemade dinner rolls are super inexpensive. Instead of spending two or three dollars on a batch of refrigerated dough that makes maybe six or eight rolls, your ingredients for these rolls will probably be less than 75 cents.

Third, baking your own bread and rolls is grounding. There is just something soothing and meditative about creating this basic type of food for your family with your own two hands. You can feel a kind of connection to past generations of home cooks who used simple ingredients to create nourishment for the people that they loved.

This recipe for 30 Minute Garlic and Cheese Dinner Rolls is a perfect beginning bread baker recipe. The dough comes together quickly and easily, and there really isn’t a rising time like in many dinner roll recipes. Of course, these rolls are not quite as light and fluffy as many other recipes, but when you are pressed for time, they are perfectly acceptable. If you’ve been considering learning how to bake bread, this recipe is a great way to begin.

One crucial step that you really can’t skip or skimp on is the proofing of the yeast. For those who don’t know, proofing yeast involves dissolving the yeast in some warm water with some sugar. Yeast is actually a microorganism that digests sugars in various foods. As the yeasts digest the sugars, they create gasses that cause the bread to rise.

The yeasts also multiply as they digest, and the proofing process gives them a head start on their digesting and multiplying process. This recipe includes a decently long proofing time, where the yeast is dissolved in warm sugar water for about 10 minutes.

This proofing time will help the rolls rise in the relatively short amount of time that this recipe takes. When you dissolve the yeast in the warm water, you can quickly see the transformation as bubbles and foam appear at the surface of the water.

30 Minute Garlic and Cheese Dinner Rolls Recipe

Dough Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cup warm water
  • 1 packet of active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 ½ to 4 cups flour

The complete set of ingredients to be used.

Topping Ingredients

  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons parsley

The complete set of toppings ingredients.

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spray a 9 by 13 baking pan with cooking spray.

Step 2: In a small bowl or in the measuring cup that the warm water is in, dissolve the sugar in the warm water.

Sprinkle the yeast on top of the water and stir just a tiny bit to dissolve the yeast. Set a timer for ten minutes and allow the yeast to develop for the full amount of time. This is very important. Don’t short change this proofing time.

The yeast and sugar in a bowl of warm water.

Step 3: After the proofing time has passed, stir the egg and 1/4 cup butter into the measuring cup along with the yeast water.

In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer with a dough hook, place 3 ½ cups of flour, reserving the extra half cup in case you need it. Add the salt to the flour.  Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and turn on the mixer, allowing it to combine on low speed for a few minutes.

Turn the mixer on to the recommended speed for kneading bread dough. The dough will begin to take shape. If it keeps sticking to the bowl, add extra flour a tablespoon at a time. Eventually, the dough will begin to clean the bowl and form a ball.

Step 4: If you don’t have an electric mixer with a dough hook, simply put the flour and salt in a large bowl and stir in the wet ingredients with a large wooden spoon.

Once the dough starts to come together, turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead it with your hands until all of the flour is incorporated and the dough ball is smooth and elastic.

Step 5: With your hands, shape the dough ball into a long thin rectangle.

Cut this shape into twelve equal pieces. Shape each one into a round ball and place it in the pan in three rows of four rolls.

In a small bowl, stir together the ingredients for the topping.

The toppings are mixed in a bowl.

Step 6: Using a brush, brush the tops of the rolls with the mixture.

Bake the rolls at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

The dinner rolls are placed in an oven.

Serve hot.

A newly baked garlic and cheese dinner roll.

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