Sweet Dinner Rolls


I’m back in Shanghai! Landed from Italy on Sunday afternoon, then Tuesday morning I head to Thailand where I got back from just yesterday. I feel like I’ve been away from China for months, while it’s only been a bit longer than 3 weeks.

Now it’s time to focus and work on my new year resolutions and projects. I’ve already got 2 kid’s birthday cooking classes planned for the coming weeks, my cheesecake business to work on (I haven’t told you about it yet, but I will soon with all the details), and also I’ve got to look for a new place…

The recipe I’m going to share with you today is a type of sweet dinner rolls that I made back in Italy for new year’e eve. They are are just slightly sweet so perfect to dine with.
Let me know how you guys like it :)

Ingredients (makes 30):

for the sponge

  • 100 g flour
  • 100 ml milk
  • 2 tbsp instant dry yeast
  • 2 tbsp sugar

for the dough

  • 400 g all purpose flour
  • 50 ml milk
  • 2 + 1 eggs
  • 90 g unsalted butter
  • 90 g sugar

Start off by dissolving yeast and sugar into 100 ml of lukewarm milk, let it stand on the counter for about 10 min until it gets all bubbling

DSC_0073then add the flour give it a stir



and let it rest covered by plastic wrap for about 30 min

Next up, move on preparing the dough. In a big bowl combine 400 g of flour, 90 of sugar


2 eggs, the sponge and the melted butter


Start mixing all the ingredients on medium speed slowly pour in the 50 ml milk. Keep mixing until you get a very soft and smooth dough. If the the dough is too sticky, add more flour.


Grease a big bowl with extra butter, transfer the dough, cover with plastic wrap and let it stand in a warm place for about 2 hours or until doubled in size


Now at this point you can store the dough into your fridge for a couple of days or you can go on and continue making your dinner sweet rolls by dividing it into 35 g portions

DSC_0086Shape each portion into a ball by pulling the dough from the top to the button


Cover with a towel and let it rest for 40 more minute. Meanwhile pre-heat the oven at 180 C (375 F)

then crack the last egg, beat it up and lightly brush it on each sweet roll


then bake for about 15 min. Remove them from the oven and let them cool down! Tasty, easy and cute.



– LittleDani


About the author:

An Italian living in China with a strong passion for cooking! Browse my 'left-overs' session for many tasty grub!. Follow her on Twitter / Facebook.

3 comments on “Sweet Dinner Rolls

  1. Dani~~is it possible for you to also record the grams and ML into cup formations for those of us less familiar with the metric system ~~this looks like a great recipe ~~thank you so much for posting it for us to enjoy ~~sincerely Denise

    • Hey Denise, here you go
      for the sponge: 3/4 cup flour, less than 1/2 cup milk
      for the dough: 3 cups flour, less than 1/4 cup milk, 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp butter, a bit less than 1/2 cup sugar.

      Hope that helps!

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