Dairy Free Dinner Rolls

dairy free dinner roll recipe
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My grandmother’s rolls are famous: moist, fluffy and buttery perfection. It took me seven years to modify and perfect Grandma’s recipe to be the perfect dairy free dinner rolls. So good, you won’t even notice that they’re dairy free. Making these dairy free dinner rolls even more perfect, is the fact that they can be prepared ahead of time, par baked and popped in the oven for an easy day-of-Thanksgiving side.

Yield: 24 rolls

Prep time: 2 1/2 hours

Cook time: 12-15 minutes

Dinner Roll Ingredients

  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees)
  • 1 cup oat milk, scalded
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup dairy free butter (earth balance) or shortening + more for greasing
  • 1-1/2 tsp salt (increase to 2 tsp if using shortening)
  • 3-1/2 cups sifted flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup rough sea salt

Dinner Roll Instructions

  1. Soften yeast in warm water and set aside. If the yeast hasn’t risen within 10 minute, the water likely wasn’t the right temperature and you will need to start over.
  2. Scald the oak milk, being sure not to boil. In a stand mixer, cream together the sugar, dairy free butter and salt. Add in the scalded oat milk. Set aside and let cool to lukewarm.
  3. Add 1-1/2 cups of flour and beat well. Beat in the yeast and the egg. Gradually add the remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  4. Grease a bowl, and add the dough, turning once to grease the surface of the dough. Cover with a dish cloth and let rise to double, roughly 1-1/2 hours. Turn out onto lightly floured surface and kneed 20 times.
  5. Grease muffin tins with dairy free butter. To make a clover leaf roll, roll the dough into three balls, roughly 1/2 inch each and add to each muffin compartment of the muffin tins. Cover with a dish towel and let rise for 30 minutes.
  6. To bake: bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes, or until golden (don’t overcook o they will dry out). Top with a small pad of butter and pinch of sea salt.
  7. To par bake: top each dairy free dinner roll with a small pad of butter and cook for 5 minutes and remove from oven, allow to cool. Place in freezer for up to 4 weeks. Remove from freezer and cook at 400 degrees for 7 minutes or until golden brown. Top with a small pad of butter and pinch of sea salt.

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