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Applesauce Dinner Rolls

Course Breads
Cuisine American
Keyword bread recipes, dinner rolls, wheat roll recipes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • measuring cups, measuring spoons, rolling pin, mixing bowl, baking pan


Bread Starter

  • ½ C Water
  • C Bread flour
  • ½ C Milk

Dinner Roll Recipe

  • ½ C Water (warm)
  • 1 ½ tsp Sugar
  • 4 ½ tsp Yeast
  • 1 C Milk
  • ½ C Shortening
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 C Sugar
  • 1 C Applesauce
  • 3 Lg Eggs
  • 5 C Bread Flour
  • 1 C Whole wheat flour
  • 3 tbsp Butter (melted)


Bread Starter

  • Mix together the water, bread flour and milk
  • Cook over a medium heat on stovetop until it reaches a pudding-like texture. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Yeast Mix

  • Whisk together sugar and water in a small bowl until mixed well.
  • Sprinkle yeast on top while continuing to stir.
  • Let sit until mixture becomes frothy.

Dinner Rolls

  • Add milk and shortening to a large glass mixing bowl.
  • Heat in microwave for 30 seconds at a time until warm.
  • Pour into mixer bowl and add applesauce, sugar, eggs, salt and bread starter mix.
  • Whisk lightly.
  • Add the yeast mixture to the mixer bowl.
  • Combine the all-purpose and whole wheat flours together.
  • Add 1/3 of the flour to the mixer bowl and mix with dough hook.
  • Now add the remaining flour and knead for approx. five minutes, adding more flour as needed. Dough will be soft but not overly sticky.
  • Place dough ball into a large greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size. About 1-1½ hrs.
  • Preheat oven to 325°
  • Punch down dough to release air and shape into rolls. You should get about 3 dozen rolls.
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper and place rolls on sheet. Rolls should be about ½ inch apart.
  • Bake at 325° until rolls are a light golden brown (approximately 10-15 minutes).
  • Remove from the oven, cool for about 10-minutes in pan and then remove rolls to cooling racks.
  • Brush the top of rolls with butter and allow to cool.