Hawaiian dinner roll, good recipe

Kathleen Blumenthal
I love to cook and expand the boundaries of cooking

These rolls feature flavors of pineapple juice, vanilla, honey, sugar and vinegar. They are tangy and sweet, and you can’t definitely sense Hawaii flavor when you rat them. The juice gives the rolls a very sweet flavor which is taken to the next level by vanilla balanced by vinegar. The dough is very dense and rich.

They’re tastier than store-bought rolls and you know what ingredients you feed your family. The secret to these rolls is letting them rise for many hours and the dough has two rises. It really enhances the flavor of traditional Hawaiian rolls.

If you haven’t eaten them before, the main ingredient is pineapples. Crushed pineapples are added to the dough to add more sweet and tropical flavor. It’s really important to use crushed pineapples. Make sure to measure it without draining off the juices. Just dip your measuring cup into the can of pineapples and them to the dough.

Hawaiian dinner roll recipe

I love Hawaiian rolls because they're affordable, cheap and you can make them at home in 5 minutes. The trick here is long preparation times so you need to be patient. It will be worth it, I promise. Baking is fun and you can ask your children to help you. They will even happier to eat the rolls when they're ready.

Course Lunch & dinner
Cuisine Hawaiian
Prep Time 10 hours
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 467 kcal


For the dough:

  • 15 ml dry yeast
  • 60 ml warm water
  • 10 ml granulated sugar
  • 225 ml pineapple juice
  • 4 oz butter, melted
  • 10 ml vanilla extract
  • 600 ml all-purpose flour
  • 60 ml brown sugar
  • 10 ml salt

For the wash:

  • 1 egg
  • 10 ml water


  1. Mix the water with sugar in a bowl, add the yeast and let it become active for 10-15 minutes. 

  2. You should see the bubbles. Add sugar, salt and flour in another bowl and whisk until everything is combined. Take a mixer, add in a new bowl the juice, vanilla extract and butter and mix for a minute.

  3. Add the flour mixture and yeast to the pineapple mixture and knead the dough for 2 minutes. The dough shouldn't be sticky; the texture is very soft. Turn the dough out on a counter, shape into a ball and place it back in a bowl. Let it rise overnight. The dough should double in size, which usually takes 8 hours.

  4. The next day, turn the dough out on a counter. If the dough is sticky, add more flour to your hands and the counter. Divide the dough into 15 balls. Take a baking dish, butter and flour it, then place the balls in the dish. Let them rise for 2-3 hours.

  5. Prepare the wash by mixing the ingredients together. Brush the top of every ball with the egg wash. Preheat the oven to 400F and bake for 15-18 minutes until brown. Remove the rolls from the oven and let them cook for 20 minutes. Serve them warm with butter or your favorite sauce.


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