Why You Should Bake Rolls in a Cake Pan

This trick helps create better-looking rolls.

We have three reasons for baking rolls such as our Oatmeal Dinner Rolls or our Fluffy Dinner Rolls in the confined space of a cake pan versus individually on a baking sheet. First, arranging the dough balls close together encourages upward, not outward, expansion. Second, since the rolls essentially bake in a single mass, if a few are slightly bigger or smaller, they'll still bake evenly with the rest. Finally, there's less exposed surface area for moisture to escape, so the sides remain soft rather than turn crusty.

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