Baking Bread: Hawaiian Sweet Bread

My oldest son loves the King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls that you can buy at the grocery store. Sometime last week he asked if I could try making those rolls. He has a lot of confidence in my ability!

I actually had a hard time finding a recipe that would work for me. I ended up using a recipe from Taste of Home.  It makes a triple batch and uses potato flakes. I really wanted to use the potato flakes to help make them soft. I don’t have any pineapple juice on hand, but I did have mango nectar, so I used that instead. And I needed to make a large batch because I have a feeling that these will disappear quick. I am even hoping to give some of it away, but I am not sure if that will happen!

This bake took me about 4 hours total to finish. I took a lot of pictures, so this post will have quite a few of those.


I was going to need all my counter space so I used one of my cabinets as a recipe holder.


My mango nectar, whey, and water mixture. I still have whey from when I made ricotta last week, so I used whey instead of milk.


My candy thermometer once again came in handy for getting the mango juice and milk mixture up to 125 degrees F.


The mixture begins with only 3 cups of flour so after adding the mango juice and milk mixture, the batter was very runny. I am glad I didn’t try to use my handheld mixer for this! The batter would have ended up all over me! Mixing the batter by hand worked fine.


The dough after adding 4 cups of flour. It came together very quickly.


My spatula wasn’t up to the challenge of stirring the dough! It broke! Fortunately, it was a clean break and there weren’t any spatula pieces left in the dough. I guess I should have used a wooden spoon or a sturdier spatula.


This dough got sticky pretty quickly once I started kneading it. I think I added maybe 1/4 up of flour more than in the recipe. This is after about 6 – 8 minutes of kneading.

Here are the pics of the rise progression of the dough. This dough was a monster! This is probably a good thing though since I needed the large amount of dough to make 3 batches of bread.


The dough is ready to be split into 3 parts. It was pretty easy to work with at this point. I think this is my favorite part so far of breadmaking. Getting to shape the dough.

I made a 9 x 13 pan of larger rolls, which I am hoping to use for sliders for dinner tomorrow, a loaf pan for sandwich bread, and some mini rolls to taste after baking. I let them rise for another 45 minutes once they were shaped.

Two of the pans after the 45 minute rise. I had already put the mini-rolls in the oven to bake and I wasn’t able to get a picture of them.


The pans ended up needing the same amount of baking time. 20 – 25 minutes. The mini-rolls needed to be moved to the top rack though for about 2 minutes. They were too pale after 20 minutes and needed browning.


One of the mini-rolls. These were definitely soft and fluffy! I don’t think they are EXACTLY like the Hawaiian rolls from the store, but they still taste pretty good! I think they might need a little more salt, of all things. I think I will probably try pineapple juice next time and see if that makes them closer to what I am thinking.

My kids keep asking if they can have some of the bread so I know that they approve! It’s nice to have such willing taste-testers even if I don’t think the recipe came out quite like I wanted!


UPDATE: In case anyone tries this recipe as a sandwich loaf, I just wanted to let you know that the loaf WILL need longer in the oven than the rolls! I would probably bake it for about 25-30 minutes instead of 20-25 minutes. My loaf had a collapsed and underdone middle.

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Homemade Mixes and Homeschooling

It’s been a while since I’ve posted! I’m hoping to write up another bread post today, but in the meantime, I wanted to share some recipes I used yesterday and talk about homeschooling a little bit.

Josh is our pancake maker. He is much better at it than I am! He likes to start from a mix though because it is faster and easier; he usually makes pancakes on Sundays so it makes sense that he needs to make them fast. And usually our kids eat them as fast as he makes them! The only problem is that we don’t really want to buy pancake mixes anymore, so I decided to mix up a batch of homemade pancake mix for him to use.

Of course, I went looking on the internet for a recipe to try. I ended up at Sugar Dish Me’s homemade fluffy pancake mix.

We haven’t made it yet so I can’t say anything about the kind of pancakes it turned out. But it made a decent amount of mix that I can easily double for a large storage container. I also added in a teaspoon and a half of Penzey’s Baking Spice to make it a little bit cinnamon-y.

My boys have also fallen in love with homemade hot chocolate mix, so I mixed up a batch of that too.

I’ve used this recipe from Mel’s Kitchen.

The white chocolate chips do add a creaminess to the hot chocolate. I was too lazy to get out my food processor yesterday though and just sifted the powdered sugar and cocoa powder by hand. I also chopped the white chocolate chips with a knife because it was so much easier. Actually, it wasn’t; I just didn’t want to make more dishes than I had already. I probably should have just used my mini-chopper. I’ll do that next time.


I wasn’t feeling well this past weekend so I wasn’t able to prepare for school the month of February like I should have.


So Monday morning, I had to give my boys a half day off from school so that I could prepare their folders for the next month. Their schedules were already done so that made this go faster. They also have quite a few days off this month! It only took me an hour and a half to fill up their file folders. Usually, it takes me about 3 to 5 hours to write up their schedules and fill up the file folders. The nice thing about doing it this way though is that I don’t have to pull worktexts or papers until the end of the month! Each boy has a set of folders for each color and each color is one week’s worth of work. So every day, they get one folder of work that goes with their videos for that day.

Unfortunately, these folders of work end up having to be graded, which I don’t always have time to do!


So I am hoping today to make some Hawaiian sweet bread (which will be my bread post later today hopefully!) and also get some grading done!


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