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Lion House Rolls

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Lion House rolls are the perfect addition to any dinner or holiday meal.  If you are looking for new dinner roll recipe to try, then look no further! These legendary Lion House rolls are fluffy, DELICIOUSLY soft and sweet!

I love serving these dinner rolls during the holidays when I make a juicy Ham with a side of Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Vegetables.  Topped these with sweet Pumpkin Honey Butter, you won’t be ale to resist these.

two lion house rolls on a white plate with a knife that has butter on it laying on the plate. Next to the plate is a jar of whipped honey butter and a basket of more lion house rolls are on the table above the plate.

What Is The Lion House

The Lion House is located in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.  Built in 1856, it was the home of Brigham Young and his family.  The name for the home came about because there is a statue of a lion in the front entryway of the house.    After used for many different things over the years, a restaurant is currently operated on the first floor and they are famous for their dinner rolls.

Easy Lion House Rolls

Ever since I visited the Lion House for the first time when I was a teenager, I have been in love with their rolls.  They were super soft and had a hint of sweetness that made them irresistible.  I just knew I had to have these dinner rolls in my life forever!

I made this copycat Lion House Rolls recipe a few nights ago, and I will shamelessly admit that I ate 3 or 4 right then and there. I actually lost count because I was inhaling them so fast! Warm, homemade bread is definitely my love language. 🙂  If you want to spoil yourself, be sure to top these rolls with our delicious whipped honey butter.

a baking sheet lined with parchment paper with several uncooked dough rolled up to make lion house rolls

How To Make Lion House Rolls

  1. Combine the warm water and milk powder in a large mixing bowl
  2. Beat until the milk has dissolved
  3. Add the yeast while the mixture is still warm and allow it to react for a few minutes
  4. Add in the sugar, salt, 2 cups of the flour, butter and egg
  5. Using a kitchen mixer, mix everything on the low speed until everything is wet
  6. Then use the medium speed to continue mixing for 2 additional minutes
  7. Add in 3 more cups of flour
  8. Again, mix on the low speed until everything is wet and then turn up to medium speed for 2 minutes
  9. At this point, the dough will start to stiffen
  10. Add an additional 1/2 cup of flour and mix until the dough is soft (it should pull away from the sides of the mixer)
  11. Scrape the dough from the sides of the bowl
  12. Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil around the sides of the bowl
  13. Turn the dough over in the bowl so that it is covered in oil
  14. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap and place in a warm spot to rise
  15. Wait until the dough has doubled in size
  16. Remove the dough and place it on a floured surface
  17. Roll the dough out until it’s about 1/4 inch thick
  18. Brush the dough with melted butter
  19. Cut the dough into smaller rectangles that are approximately 2″ x 4″
  20. Roll each rectangle and then place on a greased baking sheet
  21. Cover the rolls again with a kitchen towel and place in a warm spot until the rolls double in size
  22. This will take between 60-90 minutes
  23. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F and then bake for 15-20 minutes until they are a golden brown
  24. While the rolls are hot, brush them with melted butter

Here is a video from one of the Lion House bakers to see their method on rolling the rolls. I haven’t mastered this yet, but I am not opposed to baking these every week until I get it right! 🙂

a close up of a pile of golden brown lion house rolls wrapped in a yellow checkered cloth napkin

Ingredients For Lion House Rolls

  • 2 cups of warm water
  • 2/3 cup of instant nonfat dry milk
  • 2 tablespoons of dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1/3 cup of butter
  • 1 egg
  • 5 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of melted butter to top the rolls with when they’re done

Can You Freeze Lion House Rolls

Yes, you can freeze these rolls and enjoy them later.  As you can see, this recipe takes a little bit of time to make, so I like to make a couple of batches and then freeze some for later.  Once the bread has completely cooled, place them into airtight, freezer safe containers and then put them in the freezer.

These can be kept frozen for up to 6 months but be sure to write the date on the before freezing so you don’t forget when the clock started ticking.  These thaw quickly, so when you’re ready to use them, just pull them out of the freezer and leave them on the counter for about an hour and they’ll be ready to go.

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Go ahead, give these delicious rolls a try.  Leave us a comment below and let us know if you’re as addicted to these as I am or tag us on social media after you make them because we love to see what you’ve been up to in the kitchen!

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Lion House Rolls

If you are looking for new roll recipe for Thanksgiving...look no further! These Lion House Rolls are DELICIOUSLY soft and sweet!
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade, rolls
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Rising Time 2 hours
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 1 Roll
Calories 145 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups warm water
  • cup instant nonfat dry milk
  • 2 Tablespoons dry yeast
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 5-5½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup melted butter  approx. for brushing the rolls after they are done baking

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine water and milk powder. Beat until the milk dissolves.
  2. Add yeast while this mixture is still warm and let it react for a couple minutes.
  3. Add sugar, salt, butter, egg and 2 cups of flour. Mix on low speed until ingredients are wet, then turn to medium speed and mix for 2 minutes.
  4. Add 3 more cups of flour.
  5. Mix on low speed until the ingredients are wet, then turn mixer on medium speed and mix for 2 minutes. The dough will start to stiffen.
  6. Add ½ cup of flour and mix again until the dough is soft - not sticky or stiff. It should be pull away from the sides of the mixer.
  7. Scrape the dough off the sides of the bowl and pour approximately one tablespoon of vegetable oil all around the sides of the bowl. Turn the dough over in the bowl so it is covered with the oil. (This helps prevent the dough from drying out.) Cover with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm place until double in size.
  8. Sprinkle a flat work space with flour and put the dough on the flour.
  9. Roll the dough into a rectangle about ¼ inch thick and brush with melted butter.
  10. Cut the rectangle into smaller rectangles that are 2" x 4" - a little smaller than a dollar bill.
  11. Roll each rectangle and place on a greased baking pans.
  12. Cover again with a kitchen towel and place them in a warm area until the rolls are double in size (approx. 1-1½ hours).
  13. Bake in a 375-degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until they are browned to your satisfaction.
  14. Brush with melted butter while hot.
Nutrition Facts
Lion House Rolls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 145
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

two lion house rolls on a white plate. Next to the plate is a jar of whipped honey butter with a butter knife stuck in it. A basket of more lion house rolls are on the table above the plate wrapped in a yellow checkered cloth napkin with the words lion house rolls written in a translucent white box near the top of the image.

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