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Milk Kefir Dinner Rolls

I have a continuous supply of milk kefir in my kitchen. A few days ago, I had a thought about baking with kefir. Milk kefir is similar to buttermilk and would add a wonderful texture and flavor to baked goods. I decided to try milk kefir dinner rolls and they turned out amazing! So delicious, soft, and fluffy!

In all honesty, I don’t know why I don’t make dinner rolls more often. They are easy to make and are so delicious!

I prefer a lofty, soft dinner roll that isn’t too sweet. This roll recipe fits that bill to a T.

Milk kefir is a fermented milk drink that is a little fizzy and is quite tangy. We make smoothies every day with it and love to have it with frozen fruit and honey.

It is also a gut healthy drink that is super healthy for the digestive system.

I’ve been using milk kefir in different recipes for a while now, like muffins and biscuits, but never tried a dinner roll until now.

My husband said these were his favorite dinner rolls I’d ever made and I have to agree.

They are soft, fluffy, and melt in your mouth delicious!

For this recipe you will need:

  1. Flour
  2. Milk kefir (buttermilk will work well also)
  3. Egg
  4. Instant yeast
  5. Salt
  6. Honey
  7. Olive oil (may also use any oil of your choice)

I use freshly milled hard white wheat for these rolls, however, you can use any flour you want. Just make note that you need to add the flour slowly until a soft dough forms.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, add 1 cup of warmed milk kefir. You do not need to get it hot, just lukewarm.

Add the oil, honey, egg, and salt. Mix well.

Add 2 cups of flour and mix until combined.

Sprinkle the yeast on top and add remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time until a soft dough forms.

Knead for 10 minutes.

Note: The dough may be a little sticky but with kneading and developing the gluten it will come together. Do not add enough flour to make a dough that is not sticky before kneading.

After kneading, place dough in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a damp tea towel.

Allow to rise until doubled in a warm place.

Punch down the dough. Divide into 8 equal portions and roll into balls.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Place rolls on a greased sheet pan and sit on top of the oven while it is preheating.

Bake for 15 minutes.

Place on a cooling rack to cool completely before storing in a plastic bag on the counter for up to a week. These also freeze very well.

Milk Kefir Dinner Rolls

Milk Kefir Dinner Rolls

Yield: 8 Rolls
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

The addition of the milk kefir to these dinner rolls makes them soft, fluffy, and absolutely delicious!


  • 3 cups Flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp Instant Yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk kefir (lukewarm)
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp honey


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer add the warmed milk kefir, honey, oil, salt, and egg. Mix well.
  2. Add 2 cups of flour and mix until combined.
  3. Add the yeast.
  4. Add remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time until a soft dough forms.
  5. Knead for 10 minutes.
  6. Place in greased mixing bowl and cover.
  7. Allow to rise until doubled, about an hour to 2 hours.
  8. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  9. Punch down dough and divide into 8 equal portions.
  10. Roll out into roll shapes and drag bottom on the counter to give it tension.
  11. Place on a greased baking dish.
  12. Sit on top of oven as it preheats covered with a damp towel.
  13. Bake for 15 minutes.
  14. Place on cooling rack to cool.


I used freshly milled hard white wheat.

Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1 roll
Amount Per Serving Calories 245Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 25mgSodium 360mgCarbohydrates 42gFiber 2gSugar 6gProtein 8g

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  1. Wow! Just made these rolls last night and they were amazing. We didn’t have Kefir so I used
    “Saco” buttermilk. These were my favorite freshly milled flour rolls! Thank you so much for this recipe.
    Question, Mary – Could this recipe be made into a loaf of bread? If yes, would it make about a
    1 pound loaf or could it be doubled? Thanks so much for your help!

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