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Easy White Bread Rolls

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Serves 1 - 8 Rolls

Simple, soft, white bread rolls. Guaranteed not to last long once out of the oven!

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  • 500g Bread flour (white or wholemeal)
  • 7g (One sachet) Fast-action yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp Caster Sugar
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 300ml Luke warm water
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • Plus extra flour for dusting


    1. Firstly before we start, keep in mind that the doughs first rising can be done over night in the fridge in a well oiled bowl. Combine the flour, yeast, salt and caster sugar in a large bowl. I like to mix the mixture with a regular knife.
    2. Once combined make a well in the center of the flour in preparation for the wet ingredients.
    3. Measure 300ml of luke warm water and add 3 tbsp of olive oil.
    4. Pour the water and oil into the well of flour and gradually mix the flour in until it forms a dough.
    5. Transfer the dough to the work top and start to knead. Do not be intimidated if your dough is quite wet. Many people tend to then add to much flour and this will result in a denser bread. Persist in kneading for ten minutes until smooth and elastic.
    6. Place your smooth dough into a lightly oiled, covered bowl and leave to prove for an hour. If you have made your dough in the evening then you can leave in the fridge overnight.
    7. Once your hour prove has finished knock back the dough for a good 10 minutes, then roll into a long sausage shape and divide into 8 sections. Form these sections into small rounds and place on covered baking trays for another hour. Whilst proving preheat the oven to 220C/fan. (This step also applies for the fridge proving option).
    8. Now cook your rolls in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Once out of the oven transfer to a cooling rack, tapping the bottom of the rolls to check that they sound hollow. Cover with a clean tea towel when cooling. This will absorb the moisture from the heat coming of the rolls.
    9. Best eaten warm!

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26th Oct, 2019
I tried this recipe and the buns turned out great my family loved this,i'd definitely will do again this bread recipe no more buying.
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Michelle Lancashire
25th Jul, 2019
Wow omg I just followed this recipe and wow turned out great and so soft I did put a tiny bit of oil on half of them and they have a beautiful golden brown crust on them and the other half are perfectly soft will make these again
6th Jul, 2019
Used Wholemeal flour because that's all I had and topped with sunflower seeds before cooking. Was absolutely delish! v good recipe
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Caroline Nation
15th May, 2019
Made 2 batches of these today everyone loved them. I done brown bread instead of white and they turned out fab will be making on regular basis for pack lunches
8th May, 2019
Delicious rolls. I made these at the weekend. Easy, quick and turned out soft, fluffy and utterly delicious. As others have noted it is a wet dough but kneaded for full 10 minutes using only oil on my hands and did eventually come together. Kneading after 1st prove was even more sticky but persevered and again eventually came together although I thought I'd done something wrong!
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alan jones
27th Feb, 2019
First attempt. Brilliant. Thanks.
24th Feb, 2019
I misread the method and didn’t take into account the second proving time. I needed some rolls for the the kids burger dinner so decided on this instead of the breadmaker (as I thought it would be quicker). So as I needed to get food into kids quick I halved my dough and gave one portion only a 20 min 2nd prove. They still turned out lovely and I’m saving this recipe for when right for time
21st Dec, 2018
I proved it overnight on the kitchen table just oil the dish and cling film on top I was amazed how big it got almost 3 times its original size. then I made a tare and share christmas tree out of the breadcakes with cheese pot in the middle .it took longer to cook than eat just divine
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Hannah Grace
3rd Nov, 2018
No but seriously these were perfect for a novice baker trying bread for the first time!
14th Jun, 2018
I wanted soft rolls followed recipe correctly I ended up with crusty rolls


5th Apr, 2014
Can I use soda bread flour instead of bread flour?
10th Oct, 2017
Preheat the oven whilst having a pan of water in the bottom to create steam when baking. Gives bread a lovely crusty finish.