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homemade hawaiian rolls

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Homemade Hawaiian Rolls


For the Dough:

  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup milk (whole or 2%)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
  • 3 1/2 - 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the Egg Wash:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water


1. Proof the Yeast:

  • In a microwave-safe bowl, warm the pineapple juice and milk together until they are slightly warm but not hot. The temperature should be around 110°F (43°C).

  • Sprinkle the active dry yeast over the warm liquid and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes until it becomes foamy.

2. Mix the Dough:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the melted butter and granulated sugar. Mix until well combined.

  • Add the yeast mixture to the bowl and stir to combine.

  • Gradually add 3 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour and the salt. Mix until the dough starts to come together.

  • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for about 5-7 minutes, adding more flour as needed, until the dough is smooth and elastic.

3. First Rise:

  • Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover it with a damp cloth or plastic wrap, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 to 1.5 hours or until it has doubled in size.

4. Shape the Rolls:

  • Punch down the risen dough to release the air.

  • Divide the dough into 12 equal portions. Shape each portion into a round ball by tucking the edges underneath.

  • Place the dough balls in a greased 9x13-inch baking pan, spacing them evenly.

5. Second Rise:

  • Cover the pan with a damp cloth or plastic wrap and let the dough balls rise for an additional 45 minutes to 1 hour, until they have doubled in size and are touching each other.

6. Preheat the Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) during the last 15 minutes of the second rise.

7. Prepare the Egg Wash:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and water to make the egg wash.

8. Bake the Rolls:

  • Gently brush the tops of the risen rolls with the egg wash.

  • Bake the rolls in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden brown on top and sound hollow when tapped.

9. Cool and Serve:

  • Remove the rolls from the oven and let them cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

  • Serve the Homemade Hawaiian Rolls warm or at room temperature.

These Homemade Hawaiian Rolls are perfect for enjoying on their own or as a side dish for meals. Their slightly sweet flavor and soft, fluffy texture make them a favorite for many occasions. Enjoy your baking adventure!

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