Quick Yeast Rolls

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These yeast rolls are very quick and easy - start them before you get supper going and they'll be done by the time it's on the table! They seriously take less than an hour from start to finish.

They're shaped more like biscuits and very easy to handle, so this is a good recipe for bread noobs. :)
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Step 1: Ingredients + Tools

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  • 1 tbsp dry active yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 3/4 cup warm water (115-120 F)
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • hand mixer
  • rolling pin
  • baking sheet
  • clean towel
  • spatula
  • large bowl
  • timer
  • cooling rack
  • 375 F oven

Step 2: Dry ingredients.

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Combine 1 1/2 cups flour (set the rest aside), the sugar, yeast and salt in a large bowl and mix together with a fork.

Step 3: Wet ingredients.

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Add in your 2 tablespoons of melted butter (I like to pop it in the microwave for quick melting) and your warm water.

I tend to use the hottest water I can get out of my tap, and I use a probe thermometer to make sure it's between 115-120 F. I like to be sure.

Step 4: Mix!

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Beat on medium speed with your hand mixer for three minutes. I like to use a timer for this... it can be hard to stay focused enough to estimate when three minutes are up with the mixer whirring.

The mixture should be very smooth at the end - and, if your yeast has activated properly, it will be smelling nice and yeasty.

Step 5: Add in more flour.

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Now you'll add more flour until you get a proper dough. It will be soft, but not runny. I tend to add in 1/2 - 3/4 cup more flour.

Dump in no more than half of the reserved flour and mix with a spatula, scraping down the sides and folding until all the flour is absorbed. Check the consistency - if it's still wet and very stringy, add more flour and mix. See the difference between photos 3 and 4? Three still doesn't have enough flour, and four is right where it needs to be.
gwrober2 years ago
We just made these about an hour ago, they are amazing! Very easy recipe, we're looking forward to trying new versions. Thanks!!
I made them and they are wonderful. Family loves them.
jessyratfink (author)  paintsthewind2 years ago
Yay! I'm so happy you guys liked them!

Thank you for all the compliments too! :D
I am going to try your recipe tonight. Looks wonderful!! How refreshing to see a down home kitchen with real baking sheets that look like they have been used, and use real on hand items like a glass to cut out the rolls. After watching the TV cooking shows it's nice to know there is people like myself who don't have every new shiny gadget out there!! Makes me feel like I don't have to hide my banged up Wal-Mart baking sheets and 50 year old cookie cutters!!
gwilliams143 years ago
Great Recipe! Kids loved them, brushed them with butter mixed with garlic and onion powder. Added just a bit of honey! Just loved it, will be making a double batch and a bit bigger for hamburger buns!
I just can't stop! This recipe can be tripled with ease! I used it to make hot dog and hamburger rolls and they were the best!
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jessyratfink (author)  gwilliams143 years ago
That is such an awesome idea - those look store bought. :D
Thanks! The pictures you posted of your buns made me think they would work good for hamburger buns and I have been trying "hot dog roll" recipes to no avail. Glad this one works and is so quick and easy!
Here is the finished product..If they hadn't been eaten so quickly i would have taken a picture of the interior they were so store quality!
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MsJaxFla3 years ago
I only have one packet of Red Star Quick Rise Yeast and it is 7 g (1/4 oz). Will that work? If it will, do I make any changes?

I do not bake. I just recently made my very first loaf of no knead bread and it was okay, but not great. I had the same problem.... don't know about yeast or baking on tiny bit. The only things I have baked are quick breads and easy cakes.


And thanks for the recipe and how to do.
FamilyRoots3 years ago
I made 2 batches of these today and my family LOVED them (so did I) :) Thank you!
aasif.faiz3 years ago
they look lovely n yummy!
mikeasaurus3 years ago
Yum, yeast rolls are a favourite of mine!

I'm glad you included a video of kneading, it's something I've considered doing for a few of my baking projects but never actually did.