Have you ever craved something super delicious, but didn’t know where to start when making it? Some of my readers are in the same boat. I like to give my readers some ideas of not only fun things to make, but also how to do it. Dinner rolls are a favorite around our home, and I don’t need to make a big batch of dinner rolls because it’s just Mark and me.
I must admit, I’m concerned about what I’m seeing at grocery stores, as in empty, or nearly empty shelves. I’ve been married 53 years this year and I’m worried about our food chain. I’ve never seen grocery store shelves as empty in my entire married life as I’m seeing right now. And don’t get me started on the higher prices. There are no words.
Please learn to make bread and teach your kids and grandkids to make it. If you have fresh ingredients, YOU can make bread. Bread, biscuits, and tortillas fill the belly and put smiles on faces.
I’ve updated this recipe and reposting it in hopes that you and others will enjoy this super quick and easy roll recipe!
These Easy to Make Dinner Rolls for Two are super simple and don’t require many ingredients. The best part is that you won’t be wasting any food either since this recipe only makes four rolls. I’m a big proponent of not wasting! I’ve tried to follow the old adage, waste not, want not. It took me a while to perfect this recipe and make sure I didn’t waste any rolls by making too many.
I promised some of you I would come up with an even smaller dinner roll recipe. This is perfect for one person, a couple, or some college students.
The nice thing is that you don’t need a Bosch bread mixer or a KitchenAid stand mixer. We only need a bowl and a Danish Whisk! Squeal, these are so easy to make, anyone can mix these up if they have fresh ingredients. All of my bread, dinner roll, or cinnamon roll recipes are no-fail. Literally, anyone can make these.
In case you missed my post, Easy To Make Soft Dinner Rolls (8 dinner rolls).
- Milk: Due to the fat content, milk helps to produce a softer bread and enriches the flavor; browns the dough while cooking.
- SAF Instant Yeast (this is what I use): A leavening agent that helps to produce a needed gas that causes the bread to rise; feeds on the sugar that is added which expels carbon dioxide in the rising process.
- Dough Enhancer (optional): Makes your bread and rolls light and fluffy; used to help strengthen the texture of the bread or rolls.
- Salt: Added to help tighten the gluten in the flour; acts as a preservative.
- Sugar: When used in yeast bread, it provides food for the yeast. Helps to speed up the rise time in the rolls. Used to maintain moisture, creating a softer roll.
- Egg: Great source of protein, helps to bind the bread dough together which creates a moist and soft dinner roll. Increases browning during the cooking process. Adds a deliciously rich flavor and helps to extend the life of the dinner roll.
- Oil: Helps to keep the dinner rolls from crumbling; prevents the water from evaporating which creates a moist and soft dinner roll.
- White All-Purpose Flour (I use Bread Flour): All-purpose white flour has a lower protein content. Bread flour has more protein which helps to hold the shape of the dinner roll and adds more nutrients.
Kitchen Items You May Need:
The items you need for these rolls are very basic. You probably already have most of these kitchen items in your home. Just imagine you are able to make rolls from scratch using very basic items. I picked these items up over a short time so that I can make rolls any time I want.
Don’t miss out on making these rolls for two. You’ll LOVE them, I promise!
- Large Mixing Bowl
- 11-inch Danish Whisk (I prefer the 11-inch whisk because it fits inside a wide-mouth quart mason jar)
- Dough Scraper
- 6-Inch Cake Pan or a small muffin pan
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring Spoons
- Dough Enhancer (it makes your bread and rolls fluffy)
Easy To Make Dinner Rolls For Two
These Easy to Make Dinner Rolls for Two are easy for anyone to make. You don’t need to have special cooking powers to make your rolls delicious, just follow my recipe! If you’ve never made rolls before you are in for a treat because these are just so simple.
Sometimes recipes are too hard and you don’t feel like messing with them. If there are just two of you, then make sure you give this recipe a try! I think you’ll like the simplicity and yumminess of these rolls.
Step One – Gather Ingredients
Gather your ingredients so you are ready to start. Please be aware that you should have fresh ingredients, that’s a must if you want great results. I only buy enough white bread flour that I will use in 12-18 months.
I store my flour in 5-gallon food-grade buckets with red Gamma Lids. Yes, I still color-coded all my food storage and emergency preps. You can buy the buckets just about everywhere, or online.
Step Two – Grease Pan and Dump Ingredients into Mixing Bowl
Grease a 6-inch round cake pan and set aside. Grab a bowl and a Danish Whisk. Dump everything in a large mixing bowl. Please note, this is where I “whisked the one egg.”
Step Three – Stir Ingredients Thoroughly
Stir until mixed thoroughly. Add additional flour, if needed, to the dough if the dough is too sticky. Don’t add too much, we want a fluffy, soft dough.
Step Four – Flour Countertop and Knead Dough
Flour your countertop and scoop the dough mixture out onto the countertop. Knead on the counter for about 3-4 minutes. This step of kneading helps to develop the dough so the rolls will be soft and moist.
Step Five – Cut Dough Into 4 Sections
Divide the dough by cutting it into 4 sections (never stretch your dough). I use a Dough Scraper.
Step Six – Mound Each Section Into a Ball
Take each section and mound into a ball and place the four balls in the greased pan. I generally “grease” my pans with a spray of vegetable oil.
Step Seven – Let Dough Rise
Cover with plastic wrap or a warm wet towel. Let it rise for about an hour.
Step Eight – Preheat Oven – Bake
Preheat the oven to (350°F) = 176°C) degrees. Sometimes I take the time for a second rise of the dough for my bread, it’s not needed with these rolls. Bake the rolls for 20-25 minutes, or until slightly golden brown. Lightly brush the tops with butter after baking if you want a soft dinner roll. I use a baggie slathered with melted butter to spread on the warm rolls. Let cool. Store in bags to keep the dinner rolls soft. Enjoy.
Easy To Make Dinner Rolls For Two Recipe
These Easy to Make Dinner Rolls for Two are easy for anyone to make. You don't need to have special cooking powers to make your rolls delicious, just follow my recipe! If you've never made rolls before you are in for a treat because these are just so simple. Sometimes recipes are too hard and you don't feel like messing with them. If there are just two of you, then make sure you give this recipe a try! I think you'll like the simplicity and yumminess of these rolls.
- 1/4 cup warm milk
- 1/2 teaspoon SAF Instant Yeast (this is what I use)
- 1/2 teaspoon Dough Enhancer (optional-it makes the rolls fluffy)
- 1/4 scant teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 to 1-1/8 cups white all purpose flour (I use bread flour)
1. Gather all of your ingredients.
2. Grease a 6-inch round cake pan and set aside. Grab a bowl and a Danish Whisk. Dump everything in a large mixing bowl.
3. Stir until mixed thoroughly. Add additional flour if needed to the dough if the dough is too sticky. Do not add too much, we want a fluffy, soft dough.
4. Flour your countertop and scoop the dough out onto the countertop. Knead for about 3-4 minutes.
5. Cut the dough into 4 sections (never stretch your dough).
6. Take each section and mound into a ball and place the four balls in the greased pan.
7. Cover with plastic wrap or a warm wet towel. Let rise for about an hour.
8. Preheat the oven to (350°F) = 176°C) degrees. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until slightly golden brown. Lightly brush the tops with butter after baking if you want a soft dinner roll. I use a baggie slathered with butter to spread on the warm rolls. Let cool. Store in bags to keep the dinner rolls soft. Enjoy.
Can I freeze these dinner rolls before baking them?
You can, but I don’t recommend it. Here’s the deal, these have zero preservatives and don’t have the ingredients to make them rise after being frozen.
Can I freeze these dinner rolls after baking them?
Absolutely, but I bet you won’t have any left with this small batch! All you have to do is freeze them in freezer bags. Thaw at room temperature when you want to enjoy them.
How do I store them after baking these dinner rolls?
I store mine in freezer bags on the countertop. They will stay soft for about 3-4 days. Just remember, they don’t have preservatives, so eat them within this timetable.
Is it okay to store these dinner rolls in the refrigerator after baking?
The fridge will dry out the rolls. It is best to store them at room temperature on the countertop in freezer bags.
Can I use a different flour to make these dinner rolls gluten-free?
I wish you could, but most gluten-free recipes have so many ingredients I can’t even pronounce. I’m so sorry, no gluten-free flour will work for bread 1:1, only cakes and cookies can use that ratio for flour.
Can I use active dry yeast instead of instant rapid-rise yeast in this easy-to-make dinner rolls for two recipe?
I like to use instant yeast because it eliminates additional steps that I don’t feel are necessary. The instant yeast can be directly added to the dry ingredients, whereas you would need to dissolve the active dry yeast in warm water before adding it to the dry ingredients. It’s all about simplicity, right?
Here are some other delicious dinner roll and bread recipes for you to try!
- Pumpkin Dinner Rolls
- No-Fail Dinner Rolls
- Soft Dinner Rolls
- No-Fail Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls
- Cinnamon Rolls for Two
- French Bread Rolls In One Hour
- Croissant Rolls
Please let me know if you make my easy-to-make dinner rolls recipe for two! Small batch dinner rolls are the best when there are just two of you, a college student, or living alone.
There is something awesome about grabbing a bowl and dumping the ingredients into it to make dinner rolls at the last minute for dinner. Ohhh….and the smell of homemade dinner rolls right out of the oven! Don’t even get me started!
We need to teach this skill to our kids and grandkids so they can make bread, rolls, cinnamon, biscuits, and tortillas. May God Bless this world, Linda