4 cups (500g) all-purpose flour, lightly spooned into measuring cup and leveled off
2 tablespoons (40g) unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon sea salt
Prepare the Dough:
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine warm water, yeast, and granulated sugar. Allow it to sit for approximately 5 minutes until it becomes creamy.
Add Butter and Flour:
Into the yeast mixture, add the softened butter, table salt, and 2 cups of all-purpose flour. Mix on low speed until the ingredients start coming together.
Incorporate Remaining Flour:
While still on low speed, add 1 cup of the remaining flour and mix for about 1 minute. Then, add the final 1 cup of flour and continue mixing on low until the dough is smooth and elastic. This should take approximately 5 minutes.
(You’ll know it’s ready when the dough starts making a slapping sound against the sides of the bowl.)
Let the Dough Rise:
Remove the bowl from the mixer and cover it with a dish towel. Allow the dough to rise in a warm place until it doubles in volume, which typically takes about 20 minutes.
Shape the Rolls:
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and shape it into a uniform ball. Use a serrated knife to cut the dough in half vertically, then cut each half vertically again into thirds, resulting in 6 equal strips of dough. Next, slice each strip of dough horizontally to create 24 small dough squares. With lightly floured hands, roll each square of dough into a ball.
Arrange in Baking Pan:
Place each rolled piece of dough into a lightly greased 9×13 baking pan, arranging them in rows of 4. Cover the rolls with a dish towel and let them rise while your oven preheats to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C), which takes about 20 minutes.
Brush and Bake:
Lightly brush the rolls with approximately half of the melted butter before placing them in the preheated oven. Bake until they turn golden brown, which should take around 13-15 minutes. Immediately after taking the rolls out of the oven, brush them with the remaining melted butter and sprinkle with sea salt. To serve, invert the pan to remove the rolls. Enjoy your homemade dinner rolls right away.