Hubby and the kids are huge fans of King's Hawaiian rolls. I was spoiled by homemade bread growing up, so I don't care for the processed taste/texture, but more than that, my pocketbook just can't take the hit on a regular basis!
In order to make everyone happy, I embarked on a quest to find the perfect roll recipe. It had to be sweet (very sweet, actually!) to please Hubby and soft to please the kids. After quite a few tweaks and trial runs, I've settled on this as the perfect Hawaiian sweet roll recipe.
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup pineapple juice (can substitute pear or apple juice, or water for a less sweet roll)
- 3 large eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter, slightly cooled
- 6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 tablespoons wheat gluten
- 1/2 cup sugar (white or brown, we liked it both ways!)
- 3 teaspoons yeast (3 1/2 if planning to freeze the rolls before baking)
I made mine in the bread machine (as usual), but you can use this recipe with more traditional dough mixing methods too.
Here's what I did:
Put all the ingredients in the bread machine in the order listed. Set for Dough cycle. When cycle is complete, divide into rolls, put on oiled pan and freeze. Once frozen, double wrap and store until needed. Thaw in refrigerator. Set in warm place to raise until doubled in size. Be patient! This step is crucial! Bake 15 minutes at 400 degrees.
You can brush the roll tops with an egg wash before baking for a nice shiny surface if you wish.
One day, after thawing the frozen rolls and letting them rise to double, I put them in the steaming basket of my rice cooker and steamed them while I cooked rice. They were a fantastic addition to our meal!
One thing I'd like to try is mixing in some grated cheese. Mmmm!