Quick Herbed Dinner Rolls
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. I’m still in the simple stages when it comes to yeast baking, and I’m happy to tell you that these gorgeous dinner rolls fall nicely into the easy category.
This 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.
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 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!
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Quick Herbed Dinner Rolls
Yield: 32 rolls
Prep Time: 30 minutes plus resting time
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Quick Herbed Dinner Rolls make yeast baking so easy, mixing quickly and only needing a short time to rise. They’re wonderfully soft and oh so delicious!
- 4 & 3/4 cups to 5 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 0.5 ounce instant yeast (2 envelopes)
- 1 & 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 3/4 cup milk
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil*
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano*
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder*
- Combine 2 cups of flour, the sugar, yeast, and salt in a large bowl.
- Heat milk, water, and cubed butter until very warm, 120° to 130°F. (I use a digital instant read thermometer to measure the temperature.) Stir into the flour mixture.
- Stir in the egg and enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough.
- Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic. This should take 6 to 8 minutes. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
- Grease 2 8- or 9-inch square pans. Divide the dough in half. Roll each half to fit the pans.
- Use a sharp knife to cut the dough in each pan into 16 rolls. Cover.
- Fill a shallow 9″x 13″ pan with boiling water. Set a wire rack over the pan.
- Place the baking pans on the rack. Let rise for 20 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Brush the melted butter over the tops of the rolls. Combine the spices and sprinkle over the tops of the rolls.
- Bake 15 minutes, or until the rolls are browned. Cool on a wire rack.
*The topping can easily be changed to suit your tastes or to complement your meal. Fresh herbs will work, too.
If you need a refresher on how to knead bread dough, I recommend watching this video from King Arthur Flour.
Recipe slightly adapted from Fleischmann’s Breadworld.