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Instant Pot Bread {Hawaiian Rolls}

by Sophie

Want some soft and warm instant pot bread (Hawaiian rolls) for dinner time? Your instant pot can help in proofing the dough perfectly in an hour. Presenting my instant pot Hawaiian dinner rolls

soft fluffy hawaiian rolls - Instant pot bread

This is my second time using instant pot to proof my bread dough for making some Hawaiian dinner rolls. First time, it was an experiment and a success. But I never made it again.

Instant pot bread rolls

I am just too lazy to make bread at home even though homemade ones taste the best. Now that I am home, well we all are, I took out some extra time to make these rolls. Result: warm and soft Hawaiian king rolls.

Soft Hawaiian rolls

If you have ever been to Hawaii, then you must have tried their homemade guava Hawaiian rolls. I have never found those in local Texan stores. However, my family love the regular Hawaiian rolls too. I have not found a vegan version of this recipe yet. But this vegetarian version is a fail-proof one that you can rely on. 

Instant pot bread rolls

If you love to add some flavor to your Hawaiian rolls, then feel free to do so. I always add pineapple juice and a few drops of pineapple flavor to my king Hawaiian bread rolls. Other choice include, mango flavor, guava flavor and a mixture or mango and pineapple flavor. I have tried all and each version taste really good. 

Pineapple Hawaiian instant pot bread

This version uses all purpose flour, and I do not recommend you substituting it with whole wheat flour. The bread rolls tend to become really dense when made with whole wheat flour. Other ingredients that you really cannot skip is the pineapple juice. I used the canned variety; don’t use the pulp as it will make the rolls tough. Instead, you can use the pulp in other recipes such as this pineapple iced tea.

soft Hawaiin instant pot rolls

Instant Pot Bread Rolls {Hawaiian Rolls}

How to make hawaiin instant pot bread

This soft and buttery Homemade Hawaiian Bread Rolls is perfectly proofed in the instant pot. These instant pot Hawaiian dinner rolls are sweet, soft, fluffy, and golden brown. This is the easiest and yummiest instant pot bread to make at home.

Ingredients of Instant Pot Bread (Hawaiian Rolls)

For the Dough:

Ingredients of Hawaiian instant pot bread

4 1/2 cups (20 ounces) bread flouor all purpose flour, 1/2 cup canned pineapple juice (room temperature), 1/2 cup warm milk (avoid refrigerated milk), 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted and slightly cooled), 2 whole eggs, lightly beaten, 6 tablespoons granulated sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt, 1 packet instant yeast (2 and 1/4 teaspoons)

For Baking:

1/3 cup warm milk (for brushing the breads)

Method of Making Instant Pot Bread Rolls:

Combine all wet ingredients:

  • In a large bowl, take the pineapple juice, milk, melted butter, eggs, sugar, and salt. Whisk well using a whisker or in an electric hand mixer. Alternatively, use a stand mixer for this step.
  • Now add yeast to the same mixture and mix gently. Set it aside for 5-15 minutes, so the mixture becomes frothy and bubbly.

Prepare the dough:

  • Sift the bread flour and add it to the wet ingredients.
  • Stir with a wooden spoon until a dough forms.
  • Now use a bread hook in your stand or hand mixer to make a smooth dough.
  • Always use a medium-low speed while making the dough. It helps to develop the gluten gradually. 

NOTE: Start by adding 2 cups of flour and add the remaining flour gradually JUST until the dough comes together. It is possible that you may not need all the flour depending on the type or brand of flour you are using. 

  • Continue kneading the dough in medium-high speed for 4 to 5 minutes, until a soft and smooth ball of dough forms. 

Proof the dough:

  • Transfer the dough onto a parchment paper and carefully place it inside the inner pot of the instant pot.
  • Now select the yogurt setting and choose the “normal” option. Cover the inner pot with a plastic wrap. Let the dough rise until puffy and doubled in size, about 1 hour to 1 and 1/2 hour.

Second Proofing:

  • Preheat the oven to 150 F. This temperature is enough to help the second round of bread proofing. Switch it off after pre-heated.
  • Now make your baking pan ready. I am using a 12-inch round pan and a 9-inch pie pan to bake my dinner rolls. Spray your baking pan with cooking spray and keep them ready.
  • After the first proofing, gently, deflate the dough. 
  • Now use a bench scraper or knife and divide the dough into small but equal pieces. Use your palms to shape each piece of dough into a ball and place each of them in the prepared pan.
  • Now cover them with plastic wrap and place them inside the oven for the second round of proofing for about 30-minutes.

Brush with milk:

  • After 30-minutes, take the dinner rolls out and remove the plastic wraps. Your rolls will be double the size by now. 
  • Brush them with warm milk and proceed to the next step. 

Bake Instant Pot Bread Rolls:

  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Once heated, place the bread rolls in baking pan inside the oven and bake for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown. 
  • Based on your oven type, the baking time may be less or more.
  • Allow the instant pot bread rolls to cool down a bit.
  • Serve these yum Hawaiian rolls warm.

NOTES:

Yeast test: 

You can always check if your yeast is good or not by doing this test, add the yeast granules to warm milk mixed with sugar. If bubbles form, then use that yeast for making bread.

Bread flour vs. All-purpose flour:

Both are really good options. However, bread flour gives a better result than the APF. The Bread Flour has a higher protein content, which means better gluten production. Result: bread rolls with a firm outer texture while soft from inside. The gluten also helps to support the yeast to form air pockets in a better way than how all-purpose flour actually does. However, if you are using APF for some reason, you may see a stickier dough after the final knead. That’s because APF has a lower liquid absorption capacity than bread flour. In that case, use a spoonful or two or extra flour to knead the dough again. 

Brushing:

You can brush the bread rolls with milk or egg and water mixture. Both give really golden brown color to the instant pot bread rolls.

Soft dinner rolls
soft hawaiian instant pot bread

Instant Pot Bread (Hawaiian Rolls)

This soft and buttery Homemade Hawaiian Bread Rolls is perfectly proofed in the instant pot. These instant pot Hawaiian dinner rolls are sweet, soft, fluffy, and golden brown. This is the easiest and yummiest instant pot bread to make at home.
5 from 9 votes
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Course: sides
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hawaiian bread rolls, hawaiian rolls, instant pot bread, instant pot bread rolls
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Proofing: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 90kcal
Author: Sophie
Cost: $6

Equipment

  • Instant pot

Ingredients

For the dough

  • 4 1/2 cups 20 ounces bread flour or all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup canned pineapple juice room temperature
  • 1/2 cup warm milk avoid refrigerated milk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and slightly cooled
  • 2 whole eggs lightly beaten
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 packet instant yeast 2 and 1/4 teaspoons

For Baking

  • 1/3 cup warm milk for brushing the breads

Instructions

  • NOTE: This recipe yields 22-30 bread rolls.

Combine all wet ingredients

  • In a large bowl, take the pineapple juice, milk, melted butter, eggs, sugar and salt. Whisk well using a whisker or in an electric hand mixer. Alternatively, use a stand mixer for this step.
  • Now add yeast to the same mixture and mix gently.

Add dry ingredients

  • Sift the bread flour and add it to the wet ingredients. Stir with a wooden spoon until a dough forms. Now use a bread hook in your stand or hand mixer to make a smooth dough. Always use a medium-low speed while making the dough. It helps to develop the gluten gradually.
  • NOTE: Start by adding 2 cups of flour and add the remaining flour gradually JUST until the dough comes together. It is possible that you may not need all the flour depending on the type or brand of flour you are using.
  • Continue kneading the dough in medium-high speed for 4 to 5 minutes, until a soft and smooth ball of dough forms.

Proof the dough

  • Transfer the dough onto a parchment paper and carefully place it inside the inner pot of the instant pot.
  • Now select the yogurt setting and choose the “normal” option. Cover the inner pot with a plastic clinging wrap. Let the dough rise until puffy and doubled in size, about 1 hour to 1 and 30 minutes.

Second Proofing

  • Preheat the oven to 150 F. This temperature is enough to help the second round of bread proofing.
  • Now make your baking pan ready. I am using a 12-inch round pan and a 9-inch pie pan to bake my dinner rolls. Spray your baking pan with cooking spray and keep them ready.
  • After the first proofing, gently, deflate the dough.
  • Now use a bench scraper or knife and divide the dough into small but equal pieces. Use your palms to shape each piece of dough into a ball and place each of them in the prepared pan.
  • Now cover them with plastic wrap and place them inside the oven for the second round of proofing for about 30-minutes.

Brush w/ Milk

  • After 30-minutes, take the dinner rolls out and remove the plastic wraps. Your rolls will be double the size by now.
  • Brush them with warm milk and proceed to the next step.

Bake

  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Once brushed, place the bread rolls in baking pan inside the oven and bake for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Based on your oven type, the baking time may be less or more.
  • Allow the instant pot bread rolls to cool down a bit.
  • Serve these yum Hawaiian rolls warm.
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Notes

Yeast test:

You can always check if your yeast is good or not by doing this test, add the yeast granules to warm milk mixed with sugar. If bubbles form, then use that yeast for making bread.

Bread flour vs. All-purpose flour:

  • Both are really good options. However, bread flour gives a better result than the APF. The Bread Flour has a higher protein content, which means better gluten production.
  • Result: bread rolls with a firm outer texture while soft from inside. The gluten also helps to support the yeast to form air pockets in a better way than how all-purpose flour actually does.
  • However, if you are using APF for some reason, you may see a stickier dough after the final knead. That’s because APF has a lower liquid absorption capacity than bread flour. In that case, use a spoonful or two or extra flour to knead the dough again.

Brushing:

You can brush the bread rolls with milk or egg and water mixture. Both give really golden brown color to the instant pot bread rolls.
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Nutrition

Serving: 156g | Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 80mg | Sugar: 5g
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10 comments

Cory Varga May 12, 2020 - 4:55 am

They look absolutely stunning. Fluffy, delicious and yum! I would love to try them

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Tara May 14, 2020 - 4:35 pm

5 stars
I had never made bread in the instant pot before. These turned out so soft and delicious. Way better than the store bought roles, that for sure!

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Heidy May 15, 2020 - 10:49 am

5 stars
These instant pot Hawaiian rolls were over the moon delish and I have made them a few times. Everyone loved them! They are a keeper.

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Sharon May 15, 2020 - 12:23 pm

5 stars
If you’re going to make anything in your Instant Pot, make these rolls! Better than store brought.

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Paige May 15, 2020 - 4:36 pm

5 stars
These look and sound SO good, I can imagine eating them with butter slathered all over them, hot from the oven !

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Alice | SkinnySpatula May 17, 2020 - 4:03 pm

5 stars
This goes to show that you can really learn something new every day. Never heard of bread rolls in the IP, but yours look amazing. Will definitely try.

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Sara Alvord May 17, 2020 - 9:48 pm

5 stars
I love using Hawaiian sweet rolls for slider buns, and this is such a great recipe! Do you know if there is another version for the slow cooker or convection oven? Would love to try!

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Alena May 17, 2020 - 11:00 pm

5 stars
I just said “mmmm” out loud so that’s how you know a recipe is good! I love how light and fluffy these rolls are!

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Natalie May 18, 2020 - 7:58 am

5 stars
I just got instant pot. I’m looking for eay recipes to try. This recipe definitely goes on my list. Rolls look fantastic. So fluffy and delicious.

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Candice May 18, 2020 - 6:18 pm

5 stars
I just LOVE making Hawaiian rolls, and this instant pot version is so much easier! Thank you for this great recipe. I’ll always be making them like this from now on.

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