One Hour Yeast Rolls . . . you can have soft and fluffy dinner rolls in sixty minutes! They go perfectly with soup, salad, or just about any meal.
You’ve probably figured it out by now, but homemade breads and rolls are some of my favorite foods on the planet.
Low carb diets are all the rage right now, but I just can’t seem to get on board. Meat is probably my least favorite food group. But carbs on the other hand? I don’t know how anyone can resist a warm roll smeared with butter. Yum!
During the fall and winter months, soup and homemade yeast rolls are a staple at our house. I don’t always have time for my regular roll recipe, so I was intrigued when I saw all of the one hour dinner roll recipes online.
My one hour cinnamon rolls turned out fabulous, so I knew I needed to try the dinner roll as well.
SOFT AND FLUFFY ROLLS IN AN HOUR!
I know it’s hard to believe, but these quick yeast rolls really turn out soft, fluffy, and delicious! I was a skeptic, but I loved them. They are not as absolutely mouthwatering as my favorite white roll recipe, but they are pretty close, and they are so much faster!
How do you make yeast rolls rise faster?
This recipe relies on extra yeast in the dough to hasten along the rise time. That’s why you can make them in less than an hour.
If your house is chilly, you can place the pan of rolls in a warm oven for 5-10 minutes just to get things started. Then you need to take them out so you can preheat your oven.
However, all yeast dough needs a warm environment to raise. When making traditional yeast bread or rolls, if your house is on the cool side, you can let the dough rise in the oven. Set it to the lowest temperature, but turn it off when it reaches about 120 degrees.
Place your rolls (or unformed dough) in the oven, covered. The warm temperature and lack of drafts will speed up the process.
To really make them rise quickly, place a pan of boiling water on the bottom rack of the warm oven and the dough (or rolls) on the top rack. The steam not only helps them raise, it keeps the dough from drying out.
I have learned that you have to use caution. If the formed rolls or bread rise too quickly, you can end up with a yeast flavor in the finished product. Even worse, if they raise really fast, the structure of the rolls is compromised, and they can collapse when you take them out of the oven.
HOW TO MAKE YEAST ROLLS IN ONE HOUR
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Ingredients needed for this recipe:
- warm water (You want the water to be about 110 degrees. Hot enough to help the yeast raise, but not too hot to kill it.)
- instant yeast (I use SAF brand. You must use instant yeast for this recipe, because it dissolves quicker, and you don’t need to let the dough rise till doubled before forming the rolls.)
- buttermilk (adds a nice flavor to the rolls, but you can use regular milk in a pinch)
- oil (For softer rolls, use an oil that is liquid at room temperature. Canola, vegetable, or even olive oil will work.)
- sugar (Adds sweetness to the rolls, but also feeds the yeast. If you use less, the dough won’t rise as fast, and it will take longer for the rolls to brown in the oven.)
- salt (Adds flavor, but also regulates the yeast. Without salt, yeast breads can raise too quickly and have a “yeasty” flavor.)
- egg (binds ingredients together, and adds a rich flavor to the rolls
- all purpose flour (I use unbleached, but that’s a matter of preference.)
PROOF THE YEAST – mix the yeast, warm water, sugar, buttermilk, and oil together. Let sit till nice and bubbly. This step helps activate the yeast so that you need a shorter raise time later on.)
ADD REMAINING INGREDIENTS – Mix in the salt, egg, and enough flour to make a soft dough.
REST THE DOUGH – Let the smooth dough sit for about 5 minutes, just to relax the gluten fibers.
FORM THE ROLLS – Shape the dough into 12 rolls and place them in a greased 9×13″ pan.
RISE TIME -Cover the pan with plastic wrap and let the rolls raise till doubled in a warm place. While they are raising, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
BAKE – Remove plastic wrap and bake the rolls till they are golden brown.
They will rise even more in the oven, and come out perfectly fluffy and soft. I like to brush some butter on the tops when they come out. Irresistible!
This is a great recipe to use for family dinner any time, but these rolls would also be perfect for Thanksgiving or any other holiday. They are even perfect for filling with chicken salad for a great ladies lunch!
Can I double this roll recipe?
Definitely! You can easily double this recipe if you are feeding a crowd. Plan on a little extra time, because it does take a few extra minutes to form the extra rolls.
If you are doubling the recipe, place the rolls on a large cookie sheet so you can bake them all at once. I don’t think they turn out as well when you place two 9×13″ pans on different racks of the oven.
Of course, if you have a double oven, you can use two pans and just place one pan in each preheated oven.
How to store leftover dinner rolls?
Place any leftover rolls in a plastic bag. (I personally prefer to use ziplock bags so I know I’m getting an airtight seal.) Gently squeeze any excess air out of the bag, then close it tightly. Rolls will keep for 2-3 days at room temperature.
To reheat rolls, just pop one in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. They heat very quickly, so make sure you don’t leave them in too long!
I’m not a huge fan of freezing rolls, they seem to develop freezer burn very quickly. But if you must freeze them, you can wrap them up in a couple layers of plastic wrap, then place them in a freezer ziplock bag. They will only keep for about a month in the freezer.
Personally, I think it’s better to just share your extra rolls with a friend rather than running the risk of ruining them in the freezer!
Here are a few more incredible yeast bread recipes to try!
- Homemade Naan
- Rosemary Bread
- Oatmeal Rolls
- Homemade Italian Bread
- Soft Whole Wheat Bread Recipe
- Cornmeal Rolls
- Bacon Cheese Rolls
- Pretzel Rolls
- Artisan Bread Recipe
Easy One Hour Dinner Roll Recipe
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 1/2 Tbsp instant yeast
- 1/3 cup buttermilk (milk can be used in a pinch)
- 2 Tbsp oil
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 3 cups flour (more or less)
- In a large bowl or Kitchenaid mixer, combine warm water, yeast, buttermilk, oil, and sugar. Let rest for 5-10 minutes or till bubbly.
- Add the salt and egg with 2 cups of the flour. Beat till smooth. Add enough flour to make a soft and smooth dough.
- Let dough rest 5 minutes, then shape into 12 rolls and place in a greased 9x13" pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let raise for about 20-25 minutes while oven is preheating.
- Bake at 350° for about 15 minutes, or till golden brown. Brush with butter while still hot.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 164Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 69mgCarbohydrates: 29gNet Carbohydrates: 0gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 5g