Sweet Hawaiian Dinner Rolls
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Light, fluffy and full of tropical flavor. These sweet Hawaiian dinner rolls are perfect for any occasion!
Yield: 12 large rolls
  • 8 tbsp. (1 stick) unsalted butter, cubed
  • ¼ c. buttermilk
  • ¾ c. pineapple juice*
  • ½ c. brown sugar
  • ¾ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. coconut extract
  • 3¾ c. - 4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 packet (2¼ tsp.) instant yeast
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 eggs + 1 yolk, room temperature
  1. Heat oven to 200 degrees.
  2. In a medium size microwave safe bowl (or a 2 c. glass measuring cup), combine the butter, buttermilk, pineapple juice and brown sugar. Heat in the microwave until the mixture is hot and the butter is almost melted (it took about 1 minute 40 seconds on HIGH in my microwave). Allow to sit for 3-4 minutes on the counter until it cools and reaches approximately 110 degrees, then add the extracts.
  3. Meanwhile, in the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the 3¾ c. flour, yeast, salt and ground ginger. Using the paddle attachment, turn the mixing speed on low and slowly pour in the wet ingredients. Continue mixing while adding the eggs and egg yolk. A sticky dough will begin to form. Switch to the hook attachment and knead the dough for 7-8 minutes, adding ¼ c. more of flour if necessary. Do note that this is a very sticky dough, so don't add any more than 4 c. of flour total! Once the dough has been kneaded, form into a ball and place in a large metal or glass bowl that has been lightly greased. Cover with a clean towel, turn OFF your oven, place inside and allow to rise for 1-1½ hours or until doubled.
  4. Once the dough has doubled, remove and gently deflate. Divide into 12 equal pieces. Roll into circles and place in a parchment lined 9x13 pan or ¼ baking sheet. Heat oven to 200 degrees. Generously butter the tops and sides of each roll. Place a clean kitchen towel over top. Turn OFF your oven and place the covered rolls inside to rise for 1-1½ hours or until doubled.
  5. Remove the rolls from the oven and turn ON your oven to 350 degrees. Once heated, bake the rolls for 22-25 minutes or until the tops are golden brown in color.
  6. Remove from the oven and brush with the remaining butter. (SEE NOTES)
*I used an 8 oz. can of Dole pineapple tidbits and just pureed it. You could also use a can of 100% pineapple juice.
-These rolls, like any, will have slightly crunchy tops. As they sit on the counter while they cool they will soften, especially with the butter on them. But... if you want them to be extra soft, after cooling for 20 minutes, cover with foil and allow to sit for an additional 20 minutes. The warmth of the rolls will circulate and help soften the tops.

Recipe source: adapted from food.com
Recipe by Life Made Simple at https://lifemadesimplebakes.com/sweet-hawaiian-dinner-rolls/