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Hawaiian Sweet Rolls

Hawaiian Sweet Rolls

The Tiger Tails served at Disneyland’s Bengal Barbecue are soft white bread. When thinking through my Adventureland Menu I decided that Hawaiian Sweet Rolls would be a perfect addition to the flavors included in the other recipes. We buy these Hawaiian sweet rolls for special occasions and they disappear quickly, so I thought it would be wonderful to have a homemade recipe.

This recipe is not as sweet as the store bought versions and we all decided we liked them even more. These are wonderful alone or make great slider buns. You can also use them to soak up any of the remaining marinade from the Bengal Beef Skewers or the Chieftain Chicken Skewers.

Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
Hawaiian Sweet Rolls

Hawaiian Sweet Rolls Recipe

This is an easy bread recipe. I love that it is made in a 9 by 13 pan and are pull apart rolls. You can prep these ahead of time and keep them in the refrigerator. Just bring them out about 30 minutes before you need to start baking to allow them to get back to room temperature and rise a little. I love having recipes like this when I’m putting together an entire dinner menu as it is very difficult if everything needs your attention at the same time.

Yield: 16 rolls

Hawaiian Sweet Rolls

Hawaiian Sweet Rolls

Hawaiian Sweet Rolls inspired by Disneyland's Bengal Barbecue Tiger Tales.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Rise Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

Sponge

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. instant yeast
  • 2 tbsp. water

Dough

  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk, white reserved
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp. instant potato flakes
  • 1 1/4 tsp. salt

Instructions

In the bowl of your stand mixer or the bucket of your bread machine, combine ¼ cup flour, 1 tbsp instant yeast and 2 tbsp water and stir together. Allow the mixture to rest for 15 minutes.

Add the pineapple juice, butter, brown sugar, eggs and yolk, and vanilla, mixing until well combined.

Whisk together the remaining flour, tapioca flour, and salt before adding to the liquid ingredients.

Mix and knead until the dough is smooth; it'll be very sticky at first. If you're using a stand mixer, beat with the flat beater for about 3 minutes at medium-high speed; then scrape the dough into the center of the bowl, switch to the dough hook, and knead for about 5 minutes at medium speed. It may have formed a very soft ball, but will probably still be sticking to the bottom of the bowl. If you're using a bread machine, simply let it go through its entire cycle. If you find the dough isn't coming together, add a tablespoon or two of flour.

Lightly grease the mixing bowl or a large (8-cup) measure; round the dough into a ball, and place it in the bowl or measure. Cover, and let rise until very puffy, about 1½ to 2 hours. If you're using a bread machine and the dough hasn't doubled in size when the cycle is complete, simply let it rest in the machine for another 30 to 60 minutes.

Lightly grease a 9" x 13" pan.

Gently deflate the dough. Divide it into 15 equal pieces, by dividing in half, then in halves again, etc. Use a rubber spatula to separate the dough.

Round each piece into a smooth ball. Space the buns in the pan.

Tent the dough gently with lightly greased plastic wrap or cover with a damp towel. Let the dough rise in the pan for 1 hour, until it's nicely puffy. Toward the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 350°F.

Mix the reserved egg white with 1 tbsp cold water, and brush some onto the surface of the rolls; this will give them a shiny crust.

Bake the rolls for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the internal temperature reads 190°F on a digital thermometer.

Remove the rolls from the oven, and after a few minutes, turn them out onto a cooling rack.

Serve warm. Store leftovers, well wrapped, at room temperature for several days; freeze for longer storage.

Notes

Adapted from King Arthur Flour

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This video from King Arthur Flour has some great tips for bread making and while this recipe isn’t the one they are sharing, I think the shaping tips for the rolls are very good. Take a look if you want some excellent instruction in making homemade sweet dough breads.

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Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
Hawaiian Sweet Rolls

This is the first recipe being posted in my Adventureland Dinner Party theme. The menu includes:

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