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Homemade Hawaiian Sweet Rolls

A hearty, fluffy homemade dinner roll lightly sweetened and flavored with pineapple juice.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Rise Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 40 mins
Course: Bread, Rolls
Servings: 15 Rolls
Author: Tricia


  • 1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup warm milk, 100-110 degrees F
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 2 whole eggs, lightly beaten
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 package) active-dry yeast
  • 4 1/2 cups unbleached bread flour
  • 1 egg, for brushing on prior to baking


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the pineapple juice, warm milk, melted butter, sugar, yeast and salt.
  • Blend until mixed then add the 2 lightly beaten eggs. Mix until incorporated (may be somewhat curdled).
  • Remove the paddle attachment and exchange for the dough hook. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour 1/2 cup at a time until all flour is incorporated.
  • Increase the speed to medium and blend for about 5 minutes or until the dough is smooth and holds together in a ball.
  • Place the dough ball in a lightly greased large clean bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm, draft free location for about 2 hours or until dough is double in size.
  • Spray a 13x9 inch baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Remove the dough to a clean surface and cut into 15 equal pieces. Form each piece into a ball pulling the sides down and tucking them under to the bottom of the dough ball.
  • Place each ball in the prepared pan.
  • Once all 15 dough balls are formed, brush each roll with 1 egg beaten with 2 tablespoons of water. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and store in a warm, draft-free location until risen and almost doubled in size - about 1 hour.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown.


To refrigerate unbaked rolls, form dough into balls as in step 7, then refrigerate until ready to bake. Allow the rolls to come to room temperature at least 1 hour before brushing with egg wash and baking. Proceed with step 9.
Recipe adapted from Handle the Heat