Want homemade yeast rolls without a lot of fuss? These Quick Herbed Dinner Rolls are the answer!
Quick and Easy Herbed Dinner Rolls Recipe
I’ll readily admit that yeast breads are not my strong suit when it comes to baking. Honestly, I’ve always found it a bit intimidating. But the awesomeness of homemade bread makes me want to give it a try whenever I get the chance.
A while back, I decided to take a smarter approach to yeast baking and find simpler, more approachable recipes. As with most anything, starting simply and working up to more complicated things is usually a good method for learning. And these Quick Herbed Dinner Rolls are perfect for beginners!
This dinner roll recipe utilizes instant yeast to cut down on the time needed for the bread to rise. There’s a total of 30 minutes of resting time for these rolls, meaning you can have them ready for the oven in about an hour. That’s a big, big win.
One of the things that contributes to the speed of making these rolls is that there’s no need to shape individual rolls. Just place the dough in the pan and use a knife to cut the bread. I prefer not to cut all the way through so that the rolls will come out of the pan easily and in one piece. Then they just tear apart for serving.
Of course, the most important things when it comes to eating bread are texture and flavor. I have to say that these are winners in both categories. They are so nicely soft and fluffy. And even without the herbed topping, the flavor is fantastic. Add the topping into the equation, and they’re even more amazing.
I love how versatile these rolls are. Even just changing the topping can give you so many options. Just go with butter and garlic for a simple side to some pasta. Add a little Cajun seasoning for a spicy kick. Or just keep things simple by brushing melted butter on top. Serve them with something simple like soup or alongside a bigger meal. Or try splitting them in half and making a little sandwich.
Tips for Success
- Measure accurately. Use a scale to measure by weight when possible.
- Use an instant read thermometer. This isn’t absolutely necessary, but it’s a great tool for this recipe if you already have one.
- New to kneading or just need a refresher? I encourage you to watch this video from King Arthur.
- Change the toppings to suit your tastes. This is such a versatile recipe!
The recipe makes two pans of rolls. You can cover the pans and refrigerate for up to 48 hours before baking if you like. Granted, they won’t be quite as good as they’d be if you baked them immediately, but it is definitely a time saver when you’re prepping a big meal.
We are absolutely smitten with these Quick Herbed Dinner Rolls, and I think you will be, too. I’m so thrilled to have this quick, easy, delicious yeast bread recipe in my baking arsenal. The only problem will be keeping myself from making them too frequently!
11 Comments on “Quick Herbed Dinner Rolls”
ohh these are gorgeous! and I love how simple they are!!!
If I want to make ahead, at what step do you cover and refrigerate? Before placing on wire rack to rise?
Hi, Catherine! When I refrigerate the dough, I do everything up to baking them. Then I just set them out at room temperature and uncover them for 10 or 15 minutes before baking.
Hi Jennifer- does this dough freeze well? 32 rolls is far too many for me to bake at one time. Every recipe of yours that I have tried so far is fantastic. Keep up the good work!
Hi, Paula. I’ve not tried freezing this dough, but most yeast doughs will freeze at least fairly well. You could try freezing the dough after it’s risen but before it’s put into the pan. I think you could also shape and cut them in a pan, freeze them, and then remove them from the pan to freeze. Keep in mind that the longer they’re frozen, the more likely that the yeast will lose some of its power and affect the texture of the rolls.
I’ve been baking bread for decades and this recipe is perfect! After the dough had rested for 10 minutes, it was a pleasure to handle, soft but not sticky. Sounds weird, but you can tell how the rolls will be when baked. My family thanks you!
Hi, Lisa! Yes, this dough is just lovely to handle. I’m glad you liked the rolls!
You have a winner here! I just made this – so easy to make and light as a feather. I used Trader Joe’s
everything but the bagel topping. Outstanding! You’d have to beat people off at a dinner party!
Oh, I do love an everything topping! I’m so glad you liked them!
Question : you say to put rolls in the oven to rise with the pan of boiling water. Then heat the oven to 400°- you do not say to remove the buns while the oven heats up? What am I missing ? Thanks
Hi, Nancy. The rolls aren’t put into the oven until time to bake. The pans are set over the pan of boiling water before being put in the oven so that they can rise. That can just be set up on your countertop. After that rise time, then the rolls are baked in the oven.