Homemade King’s Hawaiian Rolls or Loaf Recipe

Soft, sweet, and fluffy, these homemade King’s Hawaiian rolls or loaf will be a hit at any meal. Perfect for sandwiches, sliders, or simply enjoying with a bit of butter.


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour (plus extra for kneading)
  • 1/3 cup potato flour (or 2/3 cup instant potato flakes)
  • 1/3 cup dry milk powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup pineapple juice, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup water, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Activate the Yeast:
  • In a small bowl, mix the yeast with 1/4 cup of the pineapple juice and a pinch of sugar. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes until it becomes frothy.
  1. Combine Dry Ingredients:
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, potato flour, dry milk powder, sugar, ground ginger, and salt.
  1. Mix Wet Ingredients:
  • In another bowl, mix the remaining pineapple juice, water, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  1. Form the Dough:
  • Add the activated yeast mixture and wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix until a soft dough forms.
  • If using a stand mixer, use the dough hook attachment and knead on medium speed for about 5-7 minutes. If kneading by hand, turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  1. First Rise:
  • Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover it with plastic wrap or a damp cloth, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1-2 hours, or until it has doubled in size.
  1. Shape the Dough:
  • For rolls: Punch down the dough and divide it into 12-16 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball and place them in a greased baking dish or on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • For a loaf: Shape the dough into a loaf and place it in a greased loaf pan.
  1. Second Rise:
  • Cover the rolls or loaf with a damp cloth and let them rise for another 45-60 minutes, or until they have doubled in size.
  1. Preheat the Oven:
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  1. Bake:
  • For rolls: Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown and the rolls sound hollow when tapped.
  • For a loaf: Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped.
  1. Cool and Serve:
    • Remove the rolls or loaf from the oven and let them cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
    • Serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy with butter, jam, or as a base for sandwiches.


  • Ensure all ingredients are at room temperature before starting for the best results.
  • If you prefer a slightly sweeter roll, you can increase the sugar to 2/3 cup.
  • For a shiny, golden top, brush the tops of the rolls or loaf with an egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of water) before baking.

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