Bread Rolls

Bread Rolls

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Bread Rolls are wonderful to serve with Soups but they are also a great accompaniment for Salsa ( Mexican) innovative Dips / Sauces continental preparations like Vegetable Au Gratin and Pasta dishes too. In short, freshly-baked Bread Rolls combined with the right dishes can make a very exciting meal. Here, we show you how to make this versatile bread from scratch. Once you get a hang of how to handle the yeast, making breads can be surprisingly easy – and so tasty that you will never want to buy it from a bakery again!

Bread Rolls recipe - How to make Bread Rolls

Preparation Time:    Baking Time:  25 minutes   Baking Temperature:  200°C (400°F)   Cooking Time:    Total Time:     8Makes 8 buns
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For Bread Rolls
2 cups plain flour (maida)
1 tsp instant dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp soft butter
salt to taste
1 tsp oil for greasing
2 tsp milk for brushing
2 tsp melted butter for brushing

For bread rolls

    For bread rolls
  1. Combine the yeast, sugar and 2 tbsp of warm water in a small bowl, cover it with a lid and keep aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Combine the plain flour, butter, salt, yeast-sugar mixture in a deep bowl and knead it into soft dough using approx. ½ cup of warm water.
  3. Cover the dough with a damp muslin cloth and keep aside for 20 minutes.
  4. Grease a baking tray with oil and keep aside.
  5. Divide the dough into 8 equal portions and roll each portion into a ball and place it on the greased baking tray.
  6. Cover them with a damp muslin cloth and keep in a warm place for 45 minutes or till they rise well.
  7. Brush it with milk evenly.
  8. Bake them in a pre-heated oven at 200°c (400°f) for 20 minutes.
  9. Immediately brush it with melted butter, cool slightly and serve warm.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per bun
Energy115 cal
Protein3 g
Carbohydrates20.9 g
Fiber0.1 g
Fat2.1 g
Cholesterol3.8 mg
Sodium14.9 mg
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Bread Rolls dough

    Bread Rolls dough
  1. To make the dough for bread rolls, in a small bowl, take yeast. We are using dry yeast for the French bread rolls. Instant dry yeast can be added straight to dry ingredients and doesn’t require any proofing. Active dry yeast has a slightly bigger size of granule and needs to be dissolved in a liquid before adding to a recipe.
  2. Add the sugar. Sugar has multiple roles in bread making. One is it acts as a food for yeast and helps in creating carbon dioxide and alcohol. It also enhances the flavor of the bread, retains the moisture content, tenderizes the dough and gives a crumbly texture & golden crust to the dinner rolls.
  3. Add 2 tbsp of warm water in the bowl. Before pouring the water, dip your finger in water to check if it’s lukewarm or no. Water that's too hot can damage or kill the yeast.
  4. Mix well. Cover it with a lid and keep aside for 10 minutes. The rising time will vary as per the climatic conditions.
  5. After 10 minutes, open the lid and you can see a frothy layer on top which indicates our yeast has been activated and is ready to use. If you don’t see a creamy frothy layer then discard the yeast and start over again.
  6. For preparing the dough for Homemade bread rolls, in a deep bowl take plain flour. Take a big bowl as the dough will rise on resting and you would want to prevent it from overflowing.
  7. Add butter. Butter promises a flavorful and soft dinner roll.
  8. Add salt and yeast-sugar mixture.
  9. Mix well and gradually add ½ cup of warm water. Instead of water, you can make use of milk to make softer bread rolls.
  10. The dough will be sticky but, don’t worry just knead into a soft and pliable dough. Don’t be tempted to add excess flour otherwise, the rolls will come out tough and dense.
  11. Shape the dough into a proper round using both your hands while tucking the edges at the bottom. Cover it with a damp muslin cloth and keep aside in a warm place for 20 minutes or till the dough increases in volume.
  12. After 20 minutes, you will notice the dough has risen and looks like this.
  13. To make the dough for bread rolls, in a small bowl, take instant dry yeast.

How to make bread rolls

    How to make bread rolls
  1. To prepare bread rolls, grease a baking tray with oil and keep aside.
  2. Lightly punch down the dough and divide the French bread roll dough into 8 equal portions. The best way to ensure that your bread rolls are equal in size is to weigh them. Weigh the entire batch of dough using a kitchen scale and divide that weight by 8. This will give you your target weight for each bread roll.
  3. Take a portion of dough and stretch the top of the dough while pinching and sealing the bottom.
  4. Roll each portion into a ball between your palm and kitchen countertop till smooth. You can shape this dough in many different ways including knotted rolls, twisted rolls or even hot dog buns.
  5. Cover the bread rolls with a damp muslin cloth fully but ensure it does not press them down and keep in a warm place for 45 minutes or till they rise well.
  6. After 45 minutes, the bread rolls will have risen.
  7. Brush little milk evenly over each roll.
  8. Bake the homemade dinner rolls in a pre-heated oven at 200°C (400°F) for 20 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked through. Do check once in between at 12-15 minutes, if they are starting to darken beyond what you prefer, place a piece of foil over the top and continue baking. Remove them from the oven.
  9. Immediately brush little butter/ oil and serve warm.
  10. You can enjoy these soft bread rolls with pasta or soup to make a complete meal.

Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions
  1. Q. The outer skin of the bread turned hard after it was baked. The inside of the bread was soft? 
    Make sure to brush the bread rolls with butter immediately after they come out of the oven. The skin will be soft once the bread rolls absorb the butter. 
  2. Q. My Bread Rolls did not rise. They were flat even after i kept them in a warm place for considerable amount of time?
    Make sure the yeast you use is fresh. Stale yeast can loose its strength over time. Also, to bloom the yeast use warm water, use of hot water or cold water wont let the yeast rise.   


Bread Rolls
 on 05 Aug 20 04:51 PM

hi...can you please give the same recipe with no yeast...
Tarla Dalal
17 Aug 20 09:21 PM
   Hi, Sorry we do not have the recipe on our website. It will be soon uploaded.
Bread Rolls
 on 29 Mar 20 12:39 AM

How can I make this vegan?
Tarla Dalal
02 Apr 20 11:52 AM
   here is the recipe,
Bread Rolls
 on 09 Feb 20 02:48 PM

Can we make it with wheat flour following same measurements of ingredients.
Tarla Dalal
17 Feb 20 12:34 PM
   Hi, Here is the recipe for whole wheat bread rolls
Bread Rolls
 on 12 Feb 18 06:59 PM

We tried making the bread rolls again. The bread rolls turned out excellent, yummy and delicious. We just enjoyed the bread rolls. Thank you.
Tarla Dalal
13 Feb 18 08:40 AM
   Very pleased and delighted to hear that your kids loved it. Do keep trying more recipes and share your feedback. Happy Cooking!!!
Bread Rolls
 on 09 Feb 18 05:08 PM

The outer covering of the bresd was hard, what is the reason? The bread was good though,
Tarla Dalal
10 Feb 18 08:46 AM
   Hi, the outer covering will be a little harder compare to the inside, what you can do is as soon as it is baked, brush butter on top they will remain soft....
Bread Rolls
 on 09 Feb 18 05:06 PM

Bread Rolls
 on 02 Mar 17 07:31 AM

I tried today, it came out very good. Kids love it specially when you dont eat outside bread. Very easy to make.
Tarla Dalal
02 Mar 17 09:15 AM
   Very pleased and delighted to hear that your kids loved it. Do keep trying more recipes and share your feedback. Happy Cooking!!!
Bread Rolls
 on 14 Sep 16 12:07 PM

Tarla Dalal
14 Sep 16 01:05 PM
   Hi Indu , we are delighted you loved the Bread Roll recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review recipes you have loved. Happy Cooking.
Bread Rolls
 on 13 Aug 15 10:26 AM

I love these bread rolls, they are so easy to make and taste fab when serve just immediately. I can eat all of these with butter and a bowl of soup. They are crispy from out and soft from inside..