Soft No Knead Dinner Rolls

Soft No Knead Dinner Rolls



    • 1 tbsp dry yeast
    • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
    • 1/2 cup warm water
    • 4 1/2 cups bread flour
    • 1 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1 cup milk lukewarm
    • 3 1/2 tbsp butter melted and cooled
    • 2 eggs at room temperature and beaten with a fork


    • 1 tbsp butter melted


    1. Place the yeast and 2 teaspoons of the sugar in a medium bowl, then pour in water. Leave for 5 minutes until it froths.

    2. Place flour, remaining sugar and salt in a bowl. Mix to combine.

    3. Make a well in the centre. Add milk, butter, eggs and pour in the yeast liquid, including all froth.

    4. Mix until combined with wooden spoon – it will be like a thick muffin batter. Not pourable, but thick and sticky.

    5. Leave dough in the bowl, cover with a wet (clean) tea towel and place in a warm place (25C/77F+) to rise for around 1 1/2 – 2 hours or until almost tripled in volume.

    6. Line a 31.5 x 23.5 cm / 9 x 13″ tray with baking paper

    7. Remove tea towel and punch dough to deflate, then mix briefly in the bowl to get rid of the bubbles in the dough.

    8. Dust work surface with flour, scrape dough on work surface. Dust top of dough then shape into a log. Cut log into 4 pieces, then cut each piece into 3 pieces (12 in total).

    9. Take one piece and press down with palm, then use your fingers to gather into a ball, flip (so smooth side is up) then roll the dough briefly to form a ball.

    10. This stretches the dough on one side and that’s how I get a nice smooth surface on my roll. (For this step, use as much flour as needed to handle dough and avoid piercing inside into the wet dough)

    11. Place the ball with the smooth side up on the tray. Repeat with remaining dough. Line them up 3 x 4.

    12. Spray surface of rolls (or cling wrap) with oil (any), then place cling wrap over the tray.

    13. Return tray to warm place and leave for 30 – 45 min, until the dough has risen by about 75% (less than double in size).

    14. Partway through, preheat oven to 200C/390F (standard) or 180C/350F (fan/convection).

    15. Bake for 15 – 18 minutes, or until the surface is a golden brown and the roll in the centre sounds hollow when tapped. The surface colour is the best test for this recipe.

    16. Remove rolls from oven. Brush with melted butter.

    17. Use overhang to lift rolls onto a cooling rack. Allow to cool to warm before serving.