Hoorah! The grandkids are coming for Christmas! We're going to have sooo much fun that I want to do as much ahead of time as possible. What is the best way to make dinner rolls ahead of time? I've looked at some brown & serve recipes. How would you go about freezing? shape the rolls and freeze? partially bake then freeze? How about sweet cinnamon rolls?

Thanks, Nana

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reply by: KAF_Frank on November 04, 2010 at 11:31 am

I think there are a couple ways to attack this. You could "par bake" the rolls, baking them 3/4 of the way, then cool and freeze them. On the day, just return them, defrosted, to the oven to finish browning.

Or you could try one of the refrigerator variety of rolls:

For sweet rolls, you could take the recipe all the way through to panning up the rolls, then freeze them. The night before you plan to serve them, move them to the fridge to defrost and take an overnight rise. The next morning take them out, preheat the oven, then bake as usual. Frank @ KAF.

reply by: pjh on November 04, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Hi Nana - Have fun with the grandkids! You might enjoy our "FREEZE" blog from last holiday season - it includes instructions and tips for preparing dough, etc. ahead of time, then freezing.

reply by: msbelle on November 04, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Dorothyjeanne - Look under my recipes for "BREAD: Rene's Potato Rolls" and read through the comments. This is a very easy-to-make roll, can be made ahead, and is very good. I don't think you will be disappointed, especially if you roll them out the night before. Take them out at least three hours before you want to bake them so they can warm up and rise and, walla, you have fresh homemade rolls. Good luck. msbelle