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Easy Yeast Rolls for Beginners

Light, fluffy, piping hot, no knead easy yeast rolls for beginners! Easily started in your bread machine, then finished in the oven, for perfect, hot, soft buttery yeast rolls. These are the ideal rolls for beginner bread bakers!

Thought it took someone with a PhD in baking to make these beauties? I have been making these easy yeast rolls for years, they come out perfect every time!

Square image of easy yeast rolls with several rolls in a red napkin lined basket.

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This recipe is from my dear friend and awesome cook, Julie! She is one of the kindest, gentlest, integrity filled women I know and on top of it all she makes the BEST Chinese food, actually, she makes the best of all types of foods!

What I love most about this recipe is that all of the hard work is done in your bread machine!

These go ideal with any meal, but are especially amazing with a holiday meal!

Last Christmas I started them in the afternoon and they were ready for a pat of butter by dinnertime! Who doesn’t want a piping hot, fresh buttery roll with a bowl of your favorite soup?

Easy Yeast Rolls for Beginners

cookie sheet with golden, buttery easy yeast rolls with a sprinkle of sea salt on top!

Ingredients

Gather simple ingredients (plus an egg) which for some reason, isn’t shown.

Ingredients for easy yeast rolls, left to right. Sugar, bread flour, bread machine, yeast, salt and water (plus egg, not shown)

HOW TO MAKE EASY YEAST ROLLS IN YOUR BREAD MACHINE

Place all ingredients in the bread machine pan in the following order:

  • water
  • butter, softened
  • egg
Water, butter and egg in bottom of bread machine pan.

TIP: Yeast is temperamental, if possible when placing it in the pan put it next to the sugar, not the salt. Yeast feeds on sugar, salt tends to kill it.

bread pan with yeast, sugar, salt and flour.

Place ingredients in your bread maker and choose the –>white, –>large, –>dough cycle; not the full bread cycle, just the dough cycle, you will finish them up after the first rise.

After the dough cycle is finished…

Risen dough to the top of the bread machine bread pan.

Punch down and plop onto a floured surface and divide into 16-24 equally shaped pieces. I love using my bench scraper to divide them, it’s quick and easy.

Yeast roll dough divided into 16 equal pieces on a bread board.

Next pinch into round little dumplings

Hands pinching the individual bread dough pieces into little round dumplings.

Like this…

Finished underside, pinched together of easy yeast rolls.

Place pinched side down on a parchment lined or greased sheet pan.

Yeast rolls on sprayed sheet pan, about 2 inches apart, ready to rise.

Brush tops with melted butter…

Brushing tops of rolls with melted butter

Sprinkle tops with a pinch kosher salt or fleur de sel and cover with a clean damp, tea towel and allow to rise in warm place until double.

PRO TIP | I like to set my oven to 100º, turn off, then place the rolls in to rise. Or if your oven has a “proof” setting use that. If your home is really chilly, place covered pan in oven with the lights on.

Close up of yeast rolls ready to go going into oven.

Once doubled in size, about 30-40 minutes, remove from oven and preheat oven to 375º F.

Bake until golden brown, if desired brush again with melted butter just before serving and sprinkle with a little flaky sea salt. AMAZING!

Pin for soft easy yeast rolls with basketful of yeast rolls.

Can I make yeast rolls without a bread machine?

  1. Yes, simply add all ingredients to mixer, preferably with a dough hook. Mix on low until dough combined.
  2. Then scraping sides of bowl and bottom, continuing mixing on medium for 2-3 minutes, until dough is slightly sticky, but is stretchy and holds together.
  3. Place dough in medium bowl coated with a little oil, turning to cover both sides of dough, cover with damp tea towel or plastic wrap.
  4. Place in warm spot (oven with lights on works) for about 30 minutes until doubled.
  5. Once doubled in size, remove and pinch into balls, then continue with balance of recipe.

WAYS TO USE THESE EASY YEAST ROLLS RECIPE

  • Bread Machine | I have had my bread machine for over 20 years and it’s still kicking, but if I were to buy one today, this Breville Bread Maker is the one I would purchase.
  • Half Sheet Pan | This recipe makes quite a few rolls, you want a large pan, my favorite USA made pans!
  • Pastry Brush | Certainly easier to brush melted butter on with a brush!
  • Flaky Sea Salt | This stuff is the best, I sprinkle it on most of my cookies!

TOP TIP

“Don’t miss brushing the tops with melted butter and sprinkling with flaky or regular sea salt, it adds a fabulous softness and dimension to these easy yeast rolls.”

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Square image of easy yeast rolls with several rolls in a red napkin lined basket.
Yield: 16-24 rolls

Easy Yeast Rolls

Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 46 minutes

A super easy light, buttery and delicious yeast roll; started in your bread machine for fresh, hot rolls in no time! Perfect recipe for beginners!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 3 ¼ cups bread flour (may substitute all-purpose flour) end result slightly different, but still delicious!)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons active dry yeast or bread machine yeast
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Melted butter for brushing
  • Kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Place first 7 ingredients in bread machine (*see notes for how to make without bread machine) pan in order listed.
  2. Try and make sure that the yeast is by the sugar, not the salt.
  3. Place in bread machine, start white, dough, large cycle (not the full bread).
  4. Once cycle is finished, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, or spray with non-stick spray.
  5. Remove dough from bread pan and punch down, separate pieces into 16-24 equal dough balls.
  6. Pinch together bottoms of dough to form little dumpling sized dough balls.
  7. Place upside down on cookie sheet.
  8. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with a little kosher salt.
  9. Cover with clean, damp tea towel and let rise in warm location* for 30-40 minutes until doubled.
  10. Once doubled, preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  11. Bake 12-15 minutes until golden brown.
  12. Brush tops again with melted butter, if desired and sprinkle with a little flaky sea salt.

Notes

*Note: Turn your oven on and heat to 100 degrees, then turn off and place dough in oven to rise.

ROLLS WITHOUT USING BREAD MACHINE

  • Simply add all ingredients to mixer, preferably with a dough hook. Mix on low until dough combined.
  • Then scraping sides of bowl and bottom, continuing mixing on medium for 2-3 minutes, until dough is slightly sticky, but is stretchy and holds together.
  • Place dough in medium bowl coated with a little oil, turning to cover both sides of dough, cover with damp tea towel or plastic wrap.
  • Place in warm spot (oven with lights on works) for about 30 minutes until doubled.
  • Once doubled in size, remove and pinch into balls, then continue with balance of recipe.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 101Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 135mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 3g

The nutritional information is estimated and may not be entirely accurate, at times it pulls information for suggestions and options which may increase calories, etc.

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