The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight. ~M.F.K. Fisher
Making yeast bread doesn’t have to involve a lot of fuss.
If you have a stand mixer and a package of quick-rise yeast, you can put together a batch of these Super Quick and Easy Dinner Rolls in just a few minutes, and get the rest of the meal ready while the rolls are rising.
If you have kids that like to cook, you can get them to make the rolls while you put your feet up.
(If you don’t have a stand mixer, these are still no-stress, but you’ll have to do 5 minutes of kneading by hand.)
Mix your dough, shape it into rolls, and let them rise for 30 minutes.
It’s that easy.
If you have a bit of extra time, you can let the dough rise for 30 minutes before you form into to rolls, and then let them rise again in the pans. (The second rise will help develop a bit more flavor.)
These rolls rely on quick or rapid rising yeast. This is different from instant yeast, and will be clearly labeled as quick or rapid rising. You should be able to find it next to the regular yeast in the baking section of your grocery store. It may be available in individual envelopes or in small jars.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon quick-rise yeast or one envelope
- 2 cups hot water
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil olive oil, or melted butter
- A bit of extra oil for brushing on the dough
Grease two 8x8-inch baking pans.
In large bowl or mixer bowl, stir together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, sugar, salt and yeast.
Stir oil and hot water together and add to flour mixture. The water should feel hot to touch. (If you are used to using regular yeast, not quick-rise yeast, it will seem too hot.)
Stir until a rough dough forms, then knead until dough is smooth and elastic (about 5 minutes). If you are using a mixer, mix on medium low until a smooth dough forms. If necessary, while you are mixing dough, add 1 tablespoon of water if dough seems dry.
Divide dough into two pieces. Cut each half into 12-16 pieces and form into balls. You don't have to be too precise about this: just tuck the ends of pieces under the create a smooth top. Place balls into prepared pans. Let rolls rise for 30 minutes.
While dough is rising, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Place rolls in preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until tops of buns are lighly browned.
Remove rolls from oven and let sit 2-3 minutes in baking pans. Remove buns to cool on racks, or serve fresh from oven.
If you have some extra time, you can let the dough rise once before you form into the rolls. Give them a second 20 minutes rise once you have formed the rolls.
Liz daRosa says
I almost always bake with half white flour & half another type of flour. I think it makes for a better end product (meaning – yummy) and healthier (although I’m no R.D.). I’ll have to pass this recipe along to my family chef (my hubby). We love fresh baked bread!!
I usually use half all-purpose and 1/2 whole wheat, too. I agree that with you that the taste and texture are better 🙂
Yum! I love rolls and this looks easy enough, I buy the frozen rolls but they are not that good, I had no idea it was so easy to make rolls
This one is really easy 🙂 (and cheap, too, especially if you buy the yeast in the large package size – you can store it in the freezer to keep the yeast fresh. It doesn’t hurt it.)
Vatsala Shukla says
I think you’ve made my weekend, Mary. I love the dinner rolls at the Delhi Gymkhana Club and the thought that I can make them at home with your printable recipe is wonderful. I wanted to thank you for the tip on yeast. That is something that I have never seen in any of the recipe books that I have.
Thanks for stopping by Vatsala 🙂 I’m glad you found the info useful!
These look yummy. I’ll have to try them sometime.
These are really quick to make – once you try them, you’ll make them again 🙂
First I started at the photo of the rolls for about five minutes… LOL. These are one of my favorites and look SO GOOD. Second, thank you – as we get ready to make the move to be near my husband’s kids, this will give us something easy to make and bond over. Might seem like a simple “rolls” recipe to you, but it’s a huge, “THANK YOU for this,” from me.
Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂 This is a great recipe to make with kids – low fuss and it turns out well 🙂 Good luck with your move!
Beverley Golden says
This sounds like a really hearty, traditional recipe. Although I am off wheat and yeast now, these remind me of the rolls I used to love. The kind you want to eat more of, once you take your first bite. Memories of good times indeed.
Thanks for stopping by 🙂 We do like these ones here – everyone does seem to like having more than one 🙂