Looking for an easy dinner roll recipe?
These soft yeast rolls will make your mouth water, and trust me; they are so easy you won’t believe you have never made them this way before!
When it comes to cooking, I have very few problems. When it comes to baking, I am sometimes all thumbs and burn marks.
The bread I specifically have issues with. It doesn’t matter if it pops out of a can or mixes in a bread maker; I swear I could set every timer in the house and STILL burn the bread.
But not this homemade yeast roll recipe!
These soft dinner rolls are so incredibly simple and a perfect easy yeast roll for beginners.
Why you will love this Homemade Bread Recipe
And because they are pretty quick to make, you won’t be intimidated or worried about this recipe.
Why this recipe is an Easy Yeast Roll for Beginners!
Homemade dinner rolls only take about 15 minutes to whip up, 20 minutes to rise, and then an additional 15-20 for them to bake. You don’t need special equipment like a dough hook (your hands will do) or even plastic wrap!
- They are little to no-knead.
- This recipe makes a ton – about 15 in a batch.
- You do not need a bread maker or mixer of any kind.
- You don’t need hours and hours to make them – one hour is usually enough to mix, let rise, and bake!
- Perfect yeast rolls make a classic Thanksgiving Side Dish.
- all-purpose flour – You do not need bread flour.
- rapid rise instant yeast + cups of warm waters
- vegetable oil
- white granulated sugar
- butter – Melted butter helps make the best golden brown roll top.
How to make Oven Baked Easy Yeast Rolls.
- 9×13 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, add measured-out flour, salt, oil, and egg.
- In a separate bowl, add warm water, sugar, and yeast and mix well until completely dissolved.
- Add to a mixing bowl with flour mixture and stir well. The dough should pull away from the sides of the bowl to create a dough ball in the center of the bowl.
- Turn soft dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide the dough into five equal parts. Then cut each part into three pieces.
- Shape dough into balls and place into a prepared baking dish. While it’s good to keep balls of dough as even as possible, it’s not an exact science, so don’t be too hard on yourself.
- Place the pan onto the top of the oven and preheat it to 375.
- Let the pan set for 20-25 minutes or until doubled in size while the oven is heating.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until brown on top. Spread melted butter on top of the bread and return to the oven for another minute to slightly brown tops. Remove from the oven. Let sit for a few minutes before cutting apart and serving.
Expert Bread Making Tips
Progress, Not Perfection: It’s important to note that making the little dough balls is not always perfectly smooth. The bread will “smooth” out as it rises, so perfection need not be a thing.
A Note about using Yeast: Rapid-rise yeast doesn’t need water. While we do add it to the wet ingredients to keep it simple, it’s not to activate the yeast like in traditional bread. In fact, Fleishmann’s RapidRise yeast can be added to the dry ingredients side if you prefer.
Sticky Hands: Keep a bit of all-purpose flour on your hands so the dough doesn’t stick too much, and reapply as needed.
Don’t overdo it: Concerned about too much excess flour on the dough in the pan? It’s fine to brush with a little melted butter before putting it in the oven. It won’t change the recipe much but dust off that excess flour.
This does not replace actually brushing with butter before serving for a golden brown top.
The only real difference is how it’s activated. In regular yeast, you need to make sure it’s activated in warm water, and in RapidRise yeast, it can go right into the recipe without being put into the water first.
You want the dough to double in size and fill the baking dish up, so you do not see the bottom anymore. This will often depend on the warmth of your home, so I go ahead and preheat the oven for this process. To hurry it along, you can also place a clean dish towel over the dish so it essentially traps the heat. In my home, it takes about 25 minutes to rise properly.
Serve with homemade butter, honey, or jelly, or eat and enjoy plain.
If your dough seems sticky even after turning it on a lightly floured surface, it’s fine to add a bit more flour to it. Just be careful not to over-flour the recipe, or it will be too dry.
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