Delicious Hawaiian sweet rolls will transport your taste buds to Paradise! This Hawaiian bread recipe produces soft, tender, fluffy rolls that are simply irresistible. A fruity hint of pineapple in addition to a touch of golden honey is what makes them so special and unique. These bakery-style sweet rolls were first produced in Hilo, Hawaii in the 1950’s. Once you take a bite of these beauties you’ll be completely entranced by their charming flavor!
Hawaiian Bread Ingredients
These are the ingredients for making this scrumptious Hawaiian bread recipe: pineapple juice, milk, butter, organic honey, brown sugar, eggs, apple cider vinegar, vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, instant yeast, and salt.
Recipe Instructions for Hawaiian Rolls
These are the recipe instructions for making Hawaiian sweet rolls. Start by placing the butter in a microwave-safe measuring cup. Microwave until melted. Add in the room-temperature pineapple juice, honey and milk. Stir briefly. Microwave these ingredients for about one minute. The temperature of the mixture should be about 110-120 degrees F, warm enough to activate the yeast. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the flour, yeast, and salt. Mix these ingredients together with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Pour the warm microwaved mixture on top of the dry ingredients. Fold the wet and dry ingredients together. Add in the eggs, brown sugar, vinegar, and vanilla. Put the bowl aside. The stand mixer will take it from here!
How to Make Hawaiian Sweet Rolls – Next Steps
Take the dough hook from the stand mixer and grease it with butter. Now it’s time to attach the mixing bowl and hook to the stand mixer. Turn the mixer on low and gradually increase the speed to medium-low. Allow the dough hook to work its mixing and kneading magic for about 6-7 minutes. The texture of the dough should be soft and smooth. It should pull away from the sides of the bowl. Remove the dough from the mixing bowl and shape it into a round ball. Place the ball of dough into a clean mixing bowl that has been generously greased with butter. Cover the bowl with a clean, dry kitchen towel. Allow the dough to rise in a draft-free place for two hours.
How to Slice the Dough for Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
Transfer the dough to a pastry board. Gently stretch and pat the dough into a rectangle. With a bench scraper or sharp kitchen knife, slice the dough into small squares.
How to Shape the Sweet Rolls
Shape each piece into a ball. Place the balls into a buttered 9X13-inch baker. Cover the baker with a clean kitchen towel. Allow the Hawaiian rolls to rise again. This time for 30-45 minutes. Lightly brush the top of the sweet rolls with melted butter. Bake them for 21-23 minutes at 375 degrees F.
Freshly Baked Hawaiian Sweet Bread
The top of the Hawaiian rolls should be a delicious golden brown. Pull apart one of the center rolls and check for doneness. If desired, brush the top of the hot rolls with more melted butter. Mmmm…these freshly-baked rolls straight out of the oven are so darn yummy! If I could share one of these two batches with you I absolutely would.
Recipe Yield for Hawaiian Rolls
How many Hawaiian rolls does this recipe yield? This Hawaiian rolls recipe yields 15 slider buns, 18-21 small dinner rolls, or 6 large hamburger buns. Whatever size and shape you make your rolls, your family and friends will love them!
How Long is Hawaiian Bread Good For?
Homemade Hawaiian bread does not contain preservatives. It can last for three to five days on your countertop, or up to a week in your refrigerator. You can freeze Hawaiian rolls in an air-tight freezer bag for up to two months.
Kitchen Tools for Making Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
These are the basic kitchen tools I used when making this delicious Hawaiian rolls recipe! One of my best friends in the kitchen is my beautiful KitchenAid stand mixer. It’s also great to have a few extra mixing bowls on hand for your machine. This makes it easierd to double recipes!
Slightly sweetened with pineapple juice and organic honey, delightful Hawaiian Sweet Rolls are soft, tender and so delicious! They’re also very simple and easy to make at home. Form the dough into slider buns, dinner rolls, or hamburger buns. Brush the tops with melted butter. Mmmm…they’re so darn yummy!
- 6 cups all-purpose flour (plus 1/2 cup more flour, if needed)
- 1 tablespoon instant yeast
- 2 teaspoons fine sea salt
- 1 cube butter (8 tablespoons), melted
- 3/4 cup pineapple juice, room temperature
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1/3 cup organic honey
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 tablespoons light-brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 4 tablespoons melted butter, for brushing
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the flour, yeast and sea salt. With a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, mix these ingredients by hand. Set the bowl aside.
- In a glass microwave-safe measuring cup, melt the butter. Add the pineapple juice, milk and honey to the butter. With a spoon or small whisk, mix these ingredients together. Microwave the mixture for one minute on high. The temperature needed is 110 degrees F, just warm enough to active the yeast.
- Pour the warm mixture over the dry ingredients. Hand mix the dry and wet ingredients until blended. Add in the eggs, brown sugar, vinegar, and vanilla extract. No need to mix. We’ll let the stand mixer handle it from here. Set the bowl aside.
- Grease the dough hook for the stand mixer with butter. Attach the mixing bowl and dough hook to the machine. Turn the mixer on low speed and gradually raise the speed to medium/low. Let the dough mix and knead for 6-7 minutes until soft and smooth yet slightly sticky. The dough will stick to the bottom of the bowl, but it should start to pull away from the edges of the bowl – which is what you want. If needed, add in a bit more flour. But remember, this dough is slightly sticky!
- Remove the dough and shape it into a ball. (If needed, put a little butter on your hands first.) Place it into a clean, well-buttered mixing bowl. Cover the bowl with a clean, dry kitchen towel. Allow the dough to rise for two hours. You probably won’t notice any real rising until after the 1.5 hour mark. This tropical dough likes to relax and take its time rising!
- With lightly-floured hands, transfer the dough to a pastry board or cutting board. Gently pat it into a rectangle. With a bench scraper or a large, sharp kitchen knife, slice the dough into the desired number of pieces. For slider buns cut 15 pieces, when making dinner rolls cut the dough into 18-21 pieces. For hamburger buns, you’ll want just 6 pieces. Gently form each piece into a very round smooth ball. Place the balls of dough into a well-greased 9×13-inch baker. The dough balls should touch one another. Cover the baker with a kitchen towel and allow the Hawaiian rolls to rise a second time: about 30-45 minutes.
- Adjust the oven rack to the center position. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly brush the top of the rolls with melted butter (the leftover butter will be used later). Bake for approximately 20-23 minutes. The rolls should be golden on the top, and cooked all the way through in the middle. Brush the tops of the Hawaiian sweet rolls with the remaining melted butter.
HOW DO YOU HEAT UP HAWAIIAN ROLLS? To reheat Hawaiian bread rolls, move your oven rack to the center position. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Warm the sweet rolls in the oven for about two to three minutes.
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