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Hawaiian Dinner Rolls

Homemade Hawaiian dinner rolls are so soft, moist, fluffy and easy to make. So, make these when you need the best dinner rolls for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any time you want some yummy rolls.
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Prep Time : 20 mins
Cook Time : 25 mins
Proofing Time : 3 hours
Total Time : 3 hrs 45 mins
Course : Sides
Servings : 15 dinner rolls
Calories : 165 : kcal

EQUIPMENT

  • Stand mixer

INGREDIENTS

SPONGE

  • 28 grams plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 8 grams dry instant yeast 1 tablespoon
  • 22 grams water

DOUGH

  • 113 grams pineapple juice
  • 57 grams butter room temperature
  • 70 grams brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 large egg separated room temperature- the yolk will be used in the dough and the white for glazing,
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 358 grams plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 20 grams potato flour
  • 1 ¼ level teaspoons salt

INSTRUCTIONS

MAKE THE SPONGE

  • Place the sponge ingredients into a stand mixer bowl and mix well.
  • Allow the sponge to rest for 30 minutes.

MAKE THE DOUGH

  • Add the pineapple juice, butter, brown sugar, 2 eggs and egg yolk, vanilla bean paste, flour and potato flour to the bowl with the sponge. Give a quick mix to combine.
  • Attach the dough hook to the stand mixer and knead on low/medium speed (or at the recommended setting for your machine) for about 5 – 10 minutes. Stop the machine occasionally and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Knead the dough until it looks smooth.
  • Scrape the dough off the dough hook and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Shape the dough into a ball.
    Tightly cover the bowl with plastic, place in a warm area and allow the dough to double in size – this can take 1-2 hours.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work bench and divide into 15 even sized pieces and shape into balls.
    Place the shaped dough onto a baking tray spacing them apart, cover with a clean tea towel and allow the dough to double in size, this can about 1-2 hours.

About 15 minutes before baking preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F)

  • Just before baking, brush the tops of the buns with a little egg white beaten with 1 tablespoon of water. This will give a nice crust to the buns
  • Bake for about 20 – 25 minutes or until golden brown and cooked. You can tell if they are cooked, by knocking the top of a bun with your knuckle, if it has a hollow sound it is cooked.
    Tip: If the buns look like they are browning too quickly, and this can happen because of the brown sugar in the buns. Loosely cover with a piece of foil and continue to bake until cooked.
  • Remove from the oven, allow to stand in the tin for 5 minutes. Then transfer the buns to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

  1. Use large eggs that average in weight of about 57 – 60 grams (about 2 ounces).
  2. If you can’t get potato flour the recipe can be made without it. Just replace it with an equal amount of plain (all-purpose) flour.
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TIPS FOR SHAPING THE DOUGH
You could choose one of the two the methods below to make shaping the dough easier.
A light coating of flour will make handling the dough easier - After dividing the dough into balls at step 6, dip the dough into flour shaking off the excess, then use both hands to shape the dough into a ball.
Or,
Work with a cold dough - Make the dough up to step 5 and instead of allowing the dough to rise in a warm area, place it in the fridge overnight. In the morning divide the cold dough into 15 even sized pieces and shape into balls.
Allow the dough balls to double in size before baking. This could take about 3-4 hours because, the dough is cold and needs to come back up to room temperature.
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This recipe makes about 770 grams (27.16 ounces) of dough.
Nutrition Facts
Hawaiian Dinner Rolls
Serving Size
 
1 x dinner roll
Amount per Serving
Calories
165
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
4
g
6
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Cholesterol
 
45
mg
15
%
Sodium
 
77
mg
3
%
Potassium
 
74
mg
2
%
Carbohydrates
 
27
g
9
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Protein
 
4
g
8
%
Vitamin A
 
149
IU
3
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
16
mg
2
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition Disclosure