Sweet Pineapple Dinner Rolls – How to Copycat Kings Hawiian Taste

pineapple sweet rolls

We eat a lot of bread in our house. Like, a lot. With four kids, and making my own bread, my husband recently asked me to just buy loaves of bread again. However, I still like to make dinner rolls from scratch. Having canned pineapple in the pantry gives me the option to use it randomly with meals and also incorporate it into an attempt at Sweet Pineapple dinner rolls. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, and one in which my impulsiveness can often serve me badly, and recipe redo’s can help improve skill and teste. So here is a way that my mistakes are your learning experiences!

Cooling pineapple sweet rolls on a rack

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Just a typical dinner roll

With making rolls from scratch, developing the yeast with sugar in warm water is typical. I decided to strain the can of pineapple and collect the juice and use it to bloom the yeast. Any other time I made these easy dinner rolls, they rise up to double their size while baking. This recipe, however, did not rise up like they should have done. They were dense rolls and yet still super pineapple tasting and sweet.

With dinner, to stretch the budget, making dinner rolls and also vegetables, helps to enhance your dinner menu. Dinner rolls are really easy to make and do not require much skill, however this recipe is one that needs some tinkering to get just right. All you need is a good mixer to make sure the flour gets completely blended with the water mixture.

If you do not have a mixer, a fork or large spatula can be used to mix the ingredients together. When it is blended, without a mixer, knead the dough for a few minutes before shaping each dough ball.

Why this recipe fell flat

The main reason, I believe, that this recipe for Sweet Pineapple dinner rolls fell flat was because I used pineapple juice instead of water. Another reason would be that they may have needed a warmer environment to proof instead of right on my countertop.

Perfecting the recipe, the second time around

Yesterday, I made this recipe to go along with our dinner which was Crock-Pot Split Pea and Ham Soup. There was a can of sliced pineapple in the pantry, so that was brought out to make Sweet Pineapple Rolls, instead of basic dinner rolls. As this recipe was terrible the first time around, I wanted to make sure it was perfect this time.

The first time, I only used the pineapple juice without adding pineapple. This time however, I did use slices of the pineapple and blended them with the juice using my food processor, measuring out exactly 1 1/4 cup liquid to use for the recipe.

An additional thing that was changed this time around was to fully let the yeast and pineapple juice bloom to frothy before beginning the dough-making.

Sweet rolls with split pea and ham soup

Sweet Pineapple Dinner Rolls Recipe

Ingredients

Juice drained from a can of pineapple PLUS water to make a total of 1 1/2 cups
2 Tbsp yeast
1 tsp salt
3 1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp sugar
1/3 cup oil
1 egg

all the ingredients to make sweet pineapple dinner rolls on countertop by kitchenaid mixer

Directions

1. Firstly, open a can of pineapple and save the juice in a measuring cup. Then take three-to-four slices of pineapple and process in a food processor with the blade attachment until pureed. Add the pineapple juice and turn the processor on until completely smooth. Once done, transfer the juice to a microwave safe measuring cup and measure out 1 1/4 cup. Then, microwave it for 30-45 seconds.
By using the pineapple slices in addition to the water, you bring a lot of the sweet taste from the pineapple directly into the rolls.

sliced pineapple
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2. Secondly, pour the warm juice from the measuring cup into the bowl of a KitchenAid mixer.

pineapple juice in bowl of kitchenaid mixer to make pineapple sweet dinner rolls
Warm water and pineapple juice.

3. Thirdly, measure 2 Tablespoons yeast and add it to the warm juice in the bowl.

add yeast to bowl of kitchenaid mixer
Add yeast to the bowl.

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4. Add 1/4 teaspoon sugar to the yeast and juice, mix well and let it rest until frothy. This should take at least 5 minutes but be sure to let it rest to bloom the yeast.

add sugar to the bowl of a kitchenaid mixer
Add sugar to the yeast.

5. When the juice and yeast mixture is frothy, after around 5 minutes, you can start to make the dough.

yeast and pineapple juice in bowl of kitchenaid mixer to make sweet dinner rolls
Let the mixture froth up!

6. In the bowl of a KitchenAid mixer, add 1/3 cup oil, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 egg and 3 1/2 cup flour.

7. Insert the dough hook onto the mixer and mix until completely combined. Add extra flour if necessary so the dough is not sticky.

KitchenAid mixer bowl with sweet pineapple rolls mixing with dough hook
Mix it all up until fully combined!

8. Turn out the dough onto a clean and slightly floured surface, then separate the dough into fifteen equal parts and shape them immediately into round balls.
To make this job easier, use a bench scraper as it has a sharp edge. These rolls do not have to be perfectly measured by weight.

For an easy way, cut the dough ball in half then in half again and finally thirds. You may need to make an extra one out of any that are too big or add some dough to ones that are too small.

When you are dividing the dough into smaller pieces, make sure your surface is clean and dry. If it is moist, the dough will stick. You can also sprinkle flour onto the countertop to help the dough not stick if the dough is still a little sticky.

9. Place each shaped dough ball into a 9 X 13 baking pan with non-stick spray. To do this, hold one of the dough balls in your hand and using your fingers, grab the edges of the dough and fold it to the underside of the ball, pinching it together at the base. Place the dough ball, seam side down, into the baking pan. Doing this allows for the top of the roll to be rounded and nice looking.

sweet pineapple dinner rolls formed and in a blue glass 9 X 13 baking dish ready to be baked
Shape the dough balls and place into the pan.

10. Cover the baking pan with plastic wrap and then let them rest for 20 minutes, or longer to make sure the rolls have risen to double.

11. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, and after the rolls are rested, remove the plastic wrap and then bake the rolls for 25 minutes.

risen sweet pineapple rolls
Enjoy!

The second attempt at making these rolls was MUCH more of a success. Letting the water and yeast proof for 5 minutes was the key.

rolls in the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit

12. Finally, remove the rolls from the oven and spread butter on the tops of the rolls if desired, serve and enjoy! These rolls were deliciously sweet and very dense.

If desired, spread butter over the tops while the rolls are still hot. To do this, just open one side of the butter stick and roll it around on the tops of the Sweet Pineapple Rolls while holding the rest of the butter stick still covered.

By using sliced pineapple and pureeing it with the pineapple juice, you add flavor and depth to the finished rolls without compromising the fluffiness. Hope you enjoy and wow your family and friends with a fantastically homemade Sweet Pineapple Dinner Roll that is the perfect copycat to King’s Hawiian without paying a fortune.
~Monica

Recipe for Sweet Pineapple Dinner Rolls

Ingredients for Sweet Pineapple Dinner Rolls

Juice drained from a can of pineapple PLUS water to make a total of 1 1/2 cups
2 Tbsp yeast
1 tsp salt
3 1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp sugar
1/3 cup oil
1 egg

Directions for Sweet Pineapple Dinner Rolls

1. Firstly, open a can of pineapple and save the juice in a measuring cup. Then take three-to-four slices of pineapple and process in a food processor with the blade attachment until pureed. Add the pineapple juice and turn the processor on until completely smooth. Once done, transfer the juice to a microwave safe measuring cup and measure out 1 1/4 cup. Then, microwave it for 30-45 seconds.
2. Secondly, pour the warm juice from the measuring cup into the bowl of a KitchenAid mixer.
3. Thirdly, measure 2 Tablespoons yeast and add it to the warm juice in the bowl.
4. Add 1/4 teaspoon sugar to the yeast and juice, mix well and let it rest until frothy. This should take at least 5 minutes but be sure to let it rest to bloom the yeast.
5. When the juice and yeast mixture is frothy, after around 5 minutes, you can start to make the dough.
6. In the bowl of a KitchenAid mixer, add 1/3 cup oil, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 egg and 3 1/2 cup flour.
7. Insert the dough hook onto the mixer and mix until completely combined. Add extra flour if necessary so the dough is not sticky.
8. Turn out the dough onto a clean and slightly floured surface, then separate the dough into fifteen equal parts and shape them immediately into round balls.
9. Place each shaped dough ball into a 9 X 13 baking pan that has been prepared and sprayed with non-stick spray.
10. Cover the baking pan with plastic wrap and then let them rest for 20 minutes, or longer to make sure the rolls have risen to double.
11. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, and after the rolls have rested, remove the plastic wrap and then bake the rolls for 25 minutes.
12. Finally, remove the rolls from the oven and spread butter on the tops of the rolls if desired, serve and enjoy!

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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