This recipe has come to my rescue often, when I want to add that something extra to a simple dinner, or its almost lunch time and you realise you have nothing to heat up and no bread, whip up these bread rolls for any meal, and in quick time.
I bake them as pull apart rolls, slather them in butter, and serve when still steaming hot. They are a perfect side to soups and stews or filled with salad for lunches.
No kneading required
It’s virtually a no knead recipe and from start to finish you can have them out of the oven, from start to serve in an hour.
No fuss to make
Simply place all your ingredients in a bowl, mix until combined, knead for 30 seconds and leave to rise for 20-30 minutes, then shape, rise for 10 minutes and bake.
Shaping soft bread rolls
to make your rolls the same size, I find the best way is to measure what you tear from the dough, I usually stick to 80-100 grams per roll. so all rolls at 80, or all at 100 grams, bake time isn’t impacted for roll size.
I use a bench scale, like this one.
A tip, is to oil your hands lightly, rather than flour your dough, it will stop your dough from sticking to your surface and hands, while still sticky enough to shape into the ball completely smooth.
To shape the dough into a roll hold your hand over the dough, with your pinky and your thumb on the bench, your palm cupping the dough just slightly.
Move in an anti-clockwise motion on the bench with you pinky and thumb the only parts of your hand to touch the bench.
roll the dough until it is a tight ball, with the bottom smooth and crease free.
place into your tin or tray and let rise for another 10 minutes, then bake!
Adding the teaspoon of sugar helps with fast rise and fluffy rolls.
The recipe calls for a teaspoon of sugar, which I sometimes put it, and sometimes don’t. If you are short on time though, add that sugar and the rise time is enough for perfect fluffy rolls.
If you aren’t keen on adding sugar, don’t worry, You will have fluffy rolls, just add a few minutes (10) to each rise time.
I wont beat around the bush! for perfectly soft bread rolls, every time, with minimal effort.
the printable recipe is here.
- 1.5 cups of warm water
- 2 tablespoons of instant yeast
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 tsp sugar(optional) helps with rising
- pinch of salt
- 3.5-4 cups of plain white flour
- pour warm water into a mixing bowl
- Add yeast, and rest for several minutes
- add the rest of the ingredients
- mix with a spoon and then in the bowl or a work surface, knead for 1 minutes, until in a smooth ball.
- leave to rise, in an oiled bowl, or leave on the bench covered with a cloth, for 20-30 minutes, until doubled in size.
- When fluffy and doubled in size, punch down dough, and with lightly oiled hands, (olive oil) knead into a log shape.
- twist off small chunks of dough, and weigh on a scale, choosing a weight anywhere between 80 and 100 grams, sticking with the same weight for each roll.
- Keep your hands very lightly oiled, or floured, but don't overdo it, you want a slightly sticky dough for optimal shaping.
- To shape dough place the chunk of dough on the work surface and then place your palm over it, holding you hand cupped over the dough, with the outside of your pinky finger and the outside of your thumb on the bench, the rest of you fingers lifted over the dough. the dough should be touching the inside of your palm.
- Move you pinky finger and your thumb on the surface in an anti clockwise circular motion, moving the dough in circles, until it forms a tight ball shape.
- place in a tin or on a tray of your choosing, for either pull apart or individual rolls.
- I use a 20 cm round tray, for pull apart rolls, with yields, 10 small rolls.
- leave to rise for a second time, for 10 minutes.
- Sprinkle with salt and herbs (optional)
- Or brush with melted butter for shiny golden brown rolls. (you can do both0
- bake in a fan forced 180 degrees or 190 conventional.
- For individual rolls bake for 12-15 minutes.
- For pull apart rolls bake for 15-20 minutes.
Recipes to pair with soft bread rolls, for dinner or leftovers the next day!
The simple Mamma