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Paleo Hawaiian Rolls

Yes, you read that right. Paleo Hawaiian Rolls are on the menu. While Zenbelly developed this recipe for Rosh Hashanah, don’t let that keep you from making it every week of the year. 

Paleo Hawaiian Rolls

If you didn’t know (which you should by now), Zenbelly [3] and I talk everyday. If we miss a day, it’s usually an oddity and we try to make up for it by messaging obsessively the next day. She usually stays on top of the Jewish calendar better than I do, so when she told me that Labor Day weekend and Rosh Hashanah fell on the same day this year (which is also my husband’s birthday), we knew we had to do it up.

Paleo Hawaiian Rolls

And by we, I mean my wife Simone did the work. I’ve been sucked into life things lately and not done a super great job at blogging and recipe creation, but luckily for all of us, Simone did! So we discussed doing a fun Labor Day and Rosh Hashanah collab to bring both holidays together in one delicious union. 

Paleo Hawaiian Rolls

So how do we possibly join those two?! With brisket (duh), Hawaiian rolls made with Zenbelly’s Everything Dough Mix [4] (duh), and apple slaw [5] (because that’s what the sweet new year is all about y’all). So grab your hot honey, some Legit Bread Company Everything Dough Mix [4], your favorite brisket (may I recommend THIS one), and let’s get busy. You can find all the recipes over on Zenbelly [3], because she’s the best. 

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Paleo Hawaiian Rolls

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  • Author: Jennifer Robins


  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons milk, cream, or coconut milk
  • 4 tablespoons honey, divided
  • 1 package Legit Bread Co Everything Dough Mix [4]
  • 1 packet instant or rapid rise yeast
  • 2 large eggs


  1. In a small saucepan*, combine 6 tablespoons of the butter, pineapple juice, milk, and 3 tablespoons of the honey. Heat over medium heat until the butter is melted and the mixture is warm. You want it to be no hotter than 110ºF, so let it cool if it gets warmer than that. (It should feel warm but not hot on the inside of your wrist)
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, or large bowl if using hand beaters, combine the Everything Dough Mix with the yeast, using the paddle attachment.
  3. With the mixer on low, slowly pour in the liquid mixture, scraping down the sides as needed to get it all well combined.
  4. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Continue to beat on high for about a minute, or until the dough develops a bit of elasticity. It won’t resemble traditional dough, don’t sweat it.
  5. Scrape the dough into an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Place in the warmest spot in your kitchen and let it proof for about 90 minutes. It won’t double like regular dough might, but things are happening, don’t worry.
  6. After 90 minutes, punch down the dough and knead 4-5 times to get it smooth. Divide into 9 balls and place in an 8×8 baking dish. Cover with a towel and set aside for about an hour. At some point in this hour, preheat your oven to 375ºF.
  7. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and 1 tablespoon of honey. After the rolls have proved and you’re ready to bake them, brush the tops with the honey butter.
  8. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until they are golden brown and springy. Brush with more honey butter and allow to cool before removing from the baking dish.

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