I was browsing the isles at Costco, minding my own business, when I was tempted by one of those alluring free samples. It was King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls. Those sweet soft rolls tantalized my taste buds for weeks. I couldn’t get them out of my mind. The next time I went to Costco I couldn’t resist buying a large package. Last week I got a hankering for them again and decided to give a go at making them myself. I altered my usual roll recipe to accommodate the added sweetness and pineapple that are signature to King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls. These rolls are sweet, tender, and just as tantalizing. They practically melt in your mouth!
Prep Time: 10 minutes + 2.5 hours rising time
Bake Time: 12 to 15 minutes
Yield: 1 dozen rolls
1/3 cup milk (warmed to the touch)
2/3 cup crushed pineapple
1 TB yeast
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp salt
4 TB butter, melted
3+ cups flour
1 TB butter, melted (for brushing)
1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine milk, pineapple, yeast, brown sugar, salt, melted butter, egg, and 3 cups flour.
2.. Knead on a low speed until ingredients combine, then increase speed to medium. Add more flour if necessary to form a dough ball. Dough will be slightly sticky, but shouldn’t be unmanageable.
3. Let rise in a greased bowl, covered with a tea towel, for 90 minutes.
4. Form into one dozen 2.5 ounce rolls. A kitchen scale is helpful, or you can just eyeball it. Roll into balls on a smooth surface.
5. Place in a greased glass 9×13 pan. Cover with a tea towel and rise 1 hour.
6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake rolls in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes until lightly browned. Brush with additional 1 TB melted butter.