Lion House Rolls
Lion House Rolls are known around the world for their incredible texture and flavor. I’ve made this Lion House dinner roll recipe so many times that I’ve learned some tricks that I will share with you in the directions. Great for Thanksgiving, Easter, or any occasion.
LION HOUSE ROLLS
The Lion House Rolls are my favorite rolls HANDS DOWN!
If you aren’t familiar with the Lion House, it is a restaurant in Utah that is known for its food and especially its rolls. Everything on the Lion House menu is amazing but my favorite recipe is still their rolls.
They are so moist and the texture is amazing. Last time I was visiting my sister Shelly in Utah she made these.
I think she made her rolls extra large because she only got 12 rolls out of the batch. Imagine how big those would be.
I remember sitting and eating my roll and thinking there could not be a better roll recipe in the whole world.
My sister has five boys so I love being around her house full of teenage boys because it’s a little glimpse in the future for me.
Her boys are good boys full of energy (and hormones) always headed to a game or practice for one of their sports.
She is constantly cooking and feeding them hearty food trying to satisfy their raging appetites.
I laughed when I saw a tray of sandwiches in the fridge. She makes a tray, a whole tray, of huge sandwiches for them to “snack” on throughout the day.
What I learned is that my food bill is going to be huge in 10 years!
I know Thanksgiving should be all about the turkey, but for me it’s all about the rolls. I’m a sucker for a warm homemade roll with butter slathered all over it.
These Lion House rolls are legendary…for a reason.
What Is The Difference Between Active Dry Yeast & Instant Yeast
- Active dry yeast has a larger granule and needs to be dissolved in water (proofed) before using.
- Instant yeast is finer and doesn’t need to be proofed before using. It can be mixed right into the dry ingredients. This recipe calls for active dry yeast but you can also use instant yeast. You don’t need to proof the yeast in water. Just add the yeast and the water together in the recipe and continue on.
WHAT TEMPERATURE SHOULD THE WATER BE FOR THE YEAST TO RISE?
CAN I FREEZE THESE ROLLS?
Yes. You can freeze shaped rolls for later use. Simply double the amount of yeast used when making dough. After the first rise, shape the rolls but do not rise again. Instead, place rolls on a baking sheet and immediately place in freezer. When dough is frozen solid, remove rolls from pan and place in a plastic bag, squeeze excess air out of bag and seal. Rolls can be frozen for 3 weeks.
OTHER ROLL RECIPES
- Taco Pizza Rolls
- Orange Rolls
- Easy Cheese Biscuits
- Dinner Rolls
- Soft Cinnamon Rolls
- Pizza Rolls
- Homemade Dinner Rolls
- 2 cups warm water
- 2/3 cup instant nonfat dry milk, (like Nido or Nestle)
- 2 Tablespoons active dry yeast, (around 2 packages - if you use 2 it's just under 2 Tablespoons but it works)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/3 cup butter, softened (5 1/3 tablespoons - plus more for brushing the rolls after baking.)
- 1 large egg
- 5 to 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, (bread flour can be used if you have it on hand and will make for a lighter roll)
- In the large bowl of an electric mixer or in a separate glass bowl, combine the water and the milk powder and stir so the milk dissolves.
- Add the yeast to this mixture while water and milk is still warm. Let the yeast proof (dissolve and start to react) for a couple of minutes. It helps to cover it with a towel to get it to proof. It should look foamy (see Notes for more information).
- Next, add the sugar, salt, butter, egg and 2 cups of the flour. Mix on low speed of mixer until ingredients are wet, then turn to medium speed and mix for 2 minutes. Stop the mixer and add 3 more cups of flour (now 5 cups total added so far) then mix on low speed until the ingredients are wet, then turn mixer on medium speed and mix for 2 minutes to knead. The dough will be getting stiffer.
- Add approximately 1/2 cup of flour and mix again. (This can be done by hand or mixer). The dough should be soft, not overly sticky, and not too stiff. It should be pulling away from the sides of the mixer. That's how I know it has enough flour (It is not necessary to use the entire 5 1/2 cups of flour but that's how much I use). Scrape the dough off the sides of the bowl and pour approximately on tablespoon of vegetable oil all around the sides of the bowl. Turn the dough over in the bowl so it is covered with the oil. This helps prevent the dough from drying out. Cover with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm place until double in size (about an hour).
- Sprinkle a cutting board or counter with flour and put the dough on the flour. You want to put enough flour on the dough so that it is workable and not sticky.
- You can roll these into crescent rolls or do it the traditional Lion House way. For the Lion House way: Divide dough into two equal portions. Roll each portion into a rectangle about 11X14 inches and about 1/4 inch thick and brush with melted butter. I probably use 1/4 cup melted butter brushed on here.
- You then want to cut the rectangle into smaller rectangles that are 2"X4" (a little smaller than a dollar bill). If you make and "L" with your thumb and pointer finger that will show you how wide and tall to cut your rectangles. See the video above for clarification.
- Then you roll them into the Lion House shape which is rolled with the tail of the roll touching the baking sheet (see pictures above) and place them on a greased (or parchment lined) baking pans with the end of the roll resting on the pan. Cover again with a kitchen towel so they don't dry out as they rise. Let rise in a warm place until the rolls are double in size (approx. 1-1 1/2 hours).
- Bake in a 375-degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until they are lightly browned. This definitely depends on the size of your rolls. Brush with melted salted butter while hot. Yields 2 to 2 1/2 dozen rolls.
This recipe calls for active dry yeast but you can also use instant yeast. You don't need to proof the yeast in water. Just add the yeast and the water together in the recipe and continue on.
WHAT TEMPERATURE SHOULD THE WATER BE FOR THE YEAST TO RISE?
Note: You can freeze shaped rolls for later use. Simply double the amount of yeast used when making dough. After the first rise, shape the rolls but do not rise again. Instead, place rolls on a baking sheet and immediately place in freezer. When dough is frozen solid, remove rolls from pan and place in a plastic bag, squeeze excess air out of bag and seal. Rolls can be frozen for 3 weeks.
I've noticed that if you let the rolls rise too long after they been shaped their texture gets porous and not as good so be careful of that.
Source: KSL.com and the Lion House Cookbook
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g