White bread rolls whole and halved with butter

Easy bread rolls

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(29 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 25 mins - 30 mins


Makes 8

Bake these simple white bread rolls for sandwiches, burger buns or to dunk in soup. Using only a handful of ingredients, bread-making has never been so easy

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per roll

  • kcal246
  • fat2g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs48g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre2g
  • protein8g
  • salt1.2g
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  • 500g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 7g sachet fast action yeast
  • 1 tsp white caster sugar
  • 2 tsp fine salt
  • 1 tsp sunflower oil, plus extra for the work surface and bowl
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  1. Tip the flour, yeast, sugar, salt and oil into a bowl. Pour over 325ml warm water, then mix (with a spatula or your hand), until it comes together as a shaggy dough. Make sure all the flour has been incorporated. Cover and leave for 10 mins.

  2. Lightly oil your work surface and tip the dough onto it. Knead the dough for at least 10 mins until it becomes tighter and springy – if you have a stand mixer you can do this with a dough hook for 5 mins. Pull the dough into a ball and put in a clean, oiled bowl. Leave for 1 hr, or until doubled in size.

  3. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll into a long sausage shape. Halve the dough, then divide each half into four pieces, so you have eight equal-sized portions. Roll each into a tight ball and put on a dusted baking tray, leaving some room between each ball for rising. Cover with a damp tea towel and leave in a warm place to prove for 40 mins-1 hr or until almost doubled in size.

  4. Heat the oven to 230C/210C fan/gas 8. When the dough is ready, dust each ball with a bit more flour. (If you like, you can glaze the rolls with milk or beaten egg, and top with seeds.) Bake for 25-30mins, until light brown and hollow sounding when tapped on the base. Leave to cool on a wire rack.

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Willona Home's picture
Willona Home
5th Aug, 2020
As per laura0606 I ended up with crispy dry rolls :( Will remember to reduce heat as per recommendations in comments next time!!
27th Jul, 2020
I wish I'd read the comments before steaming ahead, rock hard rolls baked at 210 for 20 mins. Will adjust for the next batch.
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pot noodle
16th Jul, 2020
I made some nice rolls with this recipe but didn't realise how long they had to be left to rise! These take a lot longer than 30 mins. Also, after reading other comments I reduced the temperature of the oven to 200°c they took only 15 mins until they looked ready so a few adjustments to the recipe are needed all in all quite good though :)
29th May, 2020
I found the temperature of the oven was way too hot, so they are overdone - that's with only being in for 20 minutes, and I turned it down to 200 after 10 minutes
24th May, 2020
Lovely recipe until you get them out of your oven and realise 210 degrees is incredibly hot and has burnt your rolls that you spent all morning making!!! Tip - Reduce your oven temperature to at least 180 before putting these in the oven or you will be eating crispy dry rolls!
toddysk's picture
13th May, 2020
Easy to follow recipe, especially using my mixer! Lovely rise to these, made into 6 re the recommendation for Burger Buns - but my burgers will need to be whoppers to fill these bad boys!
4th May, 2020
Great easy recipe resulting in nice soft rolls. I do think that maybe the prep time should be adjusted to reflect the proving time though.
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That random person
22nd Apr, 2020
Great recipe so easy
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Michelle Gordon
20th Apr, 2020
Really easy recipe and they turned out perfectly. I added some seeds to half of them.
3rd Jul, 2020
How can I adapt this recipe to make it gluten free?
lulu_grimes's picture
6th Jul, 2020
Hi, I'm really sorry but bread recipes are very difficult to adapt for gluten free. There's a brown bread recipe here that you could make into rolls, or adapt to be a white version if that's what you prefer. If you use white flour then add the liquid a little at a time and stop when you have enough. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/walnut-seed-loaf I hope this helps, Lulu
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Tanya Harris
17th Jun, 2020
Can I skip one of the 1 hour proving steps? I'm a little late on making them to go with dinner!
lulu_grimes's picture
21st Jun, 2020
Hi Tanya, I'm sorry but this isn't an instant replay service - I hope they worked out ok? Lulu
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Christine Coleman
14th May, 2020
Can these be frozen
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Jimmy the cook
15th May, 2020
lulu_grimes's picture
15th May, 2020
Hello Christine, Yes you can freeze these. Refresh them in a hot oven if you want to re-crisp the crust. Lulu
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Jimmy the cook
15th May, 2020
Add the proving and resting times to the overall time
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