These Sweet Potato Rolls are so easy to make and can be prepared in advance and baked off later. Perfect for the holidays!
Sweet Dinner Rolls From Scratch
I am not a trained chef or baker. I haven’t had years of culinary school or been presented with major awards, but I still make some pretty awesome food and sometimes it turns out so good I feel like it must have been luck. In fact, I tested this one again and ate so very slowly just to think about the flavor and texture perfectly to assure it really was as awesome as I thought.
And you know what? These homemade sweet potato rolls are more than awesome, they may be my new favorite.
We’ve always been HUGE roll snobs at our house. For a long time we would only eat classic potato rolls, which even our readers and friends agree are the best ever. But after months of testing, we finally fell in love with this homemade roll recipe that is soft and delicious. And that’s it! We would only make those two recipes. Which is a good thing, because if you want to know the secret to bread or roll making, well secrets, it’s two things…
First, scalded milk. Always scald your milk. It allows for a fluffier rise and dough. And number two? Well that’s easy, practice makes perfect. And I don’t just mean looks. Practicing bread making only gets you better and better at making the stuff. But these rolls? You really don’t “knead” to do much at all. Ha! I’m so funny.
But really, I don’t knead them at all and they are so light and airy and the flavor is just fantastic. Plus they look beautiful, which is always a crowd pleaser. K, now that I’ve rambled enough, pin this sucker and those other recipes and get baking. I expect lots of good comments about how much you love these!
What’s Needed for Sweet Potato Rolls?
To make these easy dinner rolls, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- Granulated sugar
- Unsalted butter
- Dry active yeast
- Bread flour
- Kosher salt
- Vital wheat gluten
- Baked and mashed sweet potato
How to Make Sweet Potato Rolls
These are yeast dinner rolls, which means they require a couple hours to rise. I’ve given detailed instructions in the recipe card below on how to make this recipe, but here’s an overview of the steps:
- Make the dough. I used a standing mixer, but you can use a wooden spoon and some upper body strength.
- Cover the dough and let it rise for 1 to 2 hours.
- Once risen, turn the dough onto a floured surface. Roll out and cut into 2-inch pieces.
- Gently roll the pieces into balls, then place on a greased cookie sheet.
- Let the rolls rise a second time.
- Bake until done.
How to Shape Dinner Rolls
In case you want to learn a fool proof way to shape your rolls, just watch this video.
Can Dinner Roll Dough Be Frozen?
Yes, the best way to freeze bread or roll dough is to let it rise, shape the dough into loaves or rolls, and freeze. Place the shaped dough on a cookie sheet, (make sure to leave space between the rolls or loaves) and freeze.
Once frozen, transfer to freezer bags and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
How to Reheat Dinner Rolls
These sweet dinner rolls can be reheated in the oven.
- Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 350°F.
- Place rolls in a baking dish and brush with melted butter, cover with foil and bake until warm.
The slow cooker is also a brilliant way to reheat rolls.
- Put a kitchen towel in the slow cooker, and place the rolls inside.
- Cover and cook for about 30 minutes.
You can also reheat rolls in the microwave.
- Arrange rolls on a microwave-safe plate.
- Cover the rolls with a slightly damp, clean kitchen towel.
- Wrap the entire plate in a dry towel.
- Microwave until just warmed through, 30 to 45 seconds.
Can I Prep Dinner Rolls in Advance?
- You can make the dough, wrap in plastic wrap in the bowl, and let sit in the fridge overnight. Then, allow to come back to room temperature for an hour or two and proceed as normal.
- You can also make the dough, roll out into rolls on the pan, and cover with plastic wrap in the fridge. Then, let rest at room temp for an hour or two in a warm place and bake as normal.
- Or you can bake them completely the day before, leave them on the pan and cover with foil once cool, and then reheat with the foil over them in a 350F oven until warm. 🙂
Tips for Making Sweet Potato Rolls
- If you’ve never used vital wheat gluten before, it’s generally in the baking aisle by the yeast. Most specialty stores like Good Earth or Whole Foods tend to carry it as well.
- If you don’t have cooked sweet potato on hand, you could substitute pure pumpkin puree in this recipe.
- If you don’t have bread flour, all-purpose may be substituted. Just be sure to sift the flour first to keep these rolls ultra light and fluffy.
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Homemade Sweet Potato Rolls
- 2/3 cup milk
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter , diced
- 1 teaspoon dry active yeast
- 2 3/4 cup bread flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (or 3/4 teaspoon sea salt)
- 1 teaspoon vital wheat gluten (keep away from the salt when dumping in)
- 1 cup sweet potato , baked and mashed with skins removed (about 1 large sweet potato)
- 1 large egg with 1/2 tablespoon egg white removed
- Butter , for tops after baking
- In a glass measuring cup, microwave the milk for 90 seconds, but do not allow to boil.
- Remove from microwave and add the butter to the milk.
- Stir to combine and allow the butter to completely melt.
- Once it is warm but not hot, add the sugar and yeast and set aside.
- In the bowl of a standing mixer, add the flour, salt, vital wheat gluten on the opposite side of the bowl as the salt, and mix with a paddle attachment or stir by hand.
- Add the yeast mixture, sweet potato and egg.
- Mix again just until the dough comes together and then switch to the dough hook and mix for 90 seconds.
- Drape a light towel or saran wrap over the bowl and allow to rise for 1-2 hours.
- Sprinkle the counter lightly with flour and turn the very soft dough out.
- Sprinkle the top with a little more flour and roll out to about 1/4-inch thick rectangle.
- Starting at the end closest to you, pinch the dough closed and tightly roll into a log.
- Cut about 2-inch pieces and using the palm of your hand, gently roll the dough into balls. (Watch the video in the post for additional help.)
- Place on a greased cookie sheet and cover with another towel or saran wrap.
- Allow to rise for 1-2 hours.
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees F and bake for 18-20 minutes, then quickly brush the tops with more butter and serve.
- You can make the dough, wrap in plastic wrap in the bowl, and let sit in the fridge overnight, then allow to come back to room temperature for an hour or two and proceed as normal.
- You can also make the dough, roll out into rolls on the pan and cover with plastic wrap in the fridge, then let rest at room temp for an hour or two in a warm place and bake as normal.
- Or you can bake them completely the day before, leave them on the pan and cover with foil once cool and then reheat with the foil over them in a 350F oven until warm.