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French Bread Rolls

Soft, delicious and super easy French Bread Rolls.
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 12
Author Holly


  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 3/4 Tablespoon instant yeast (or 1 tablespoon active dry yeast)
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a large mixing bowl by hand), combine the warm water, yeast, sugar, oil, salt and 2 cups of the flour.
    (if you are using active dry yeast, instead of instant yeast, let the yeast proof in the warm water and sugar for about 3 to 5 minutes, until it is foamy before adding the oil, salt and flour).
    Begin mixing then continue to add the rest of the flour gradually until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. (You may not need to use all of the flour the recipe calls for.) The dough should be soft and smooth but still slightly tacky to the touch.
  • Knead dough in the stand mixer, or by hand until it is very smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes in a stand mixer, or 8-10 minutes by hand.
    Lightly spray a large bowl with cooking spray and place the dough in the bowl. Cover the bowl with lightly greased plastic wrap. Let the dough rise until it has doubled (about 45 minutes to an hour).
  • Punch down dough and turn it out onto a lightly greased countertop. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll each dough piece into a ball. Place the balls on a lightly greased baking sheet or in a 9x13-inch glass baking pan.
    Cover rolls with a kitchen towel or lightly greased plastic wrap. Let rolls rise until doubled in size.
  • Preheat oven to 400° F. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked through. Remove from oven and immediately rub the tops of rolls with butter.


**These rolls can be made into the most amazing sub rolls for sandwiches! Just combine two roll dough pieces together and shape into a log. Then bake according to directions above. Yields 6 sub rolls.
TO FREEZE: Once they are baked and cooled, place rolls in a zipper-lock freezer bag and place in freezer. When ready to eat, take them out to thaw for 5 or so hours or microwave them for about 2-3 minutes on 70% power.