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.