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French Bread Rolls Recipe

Posted on: May 26, 2011

In my effort to mark off more from my 30 Before 30, I have been perfecting my yeast handling abilities. Last week I decided to make French bread rolls from my Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook, because, well, I have a love of French bread that might board on obsession. Not to mention, it looked like a crazy-easy recipe.

French Bread Rolls

1 to 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water {when it is neither hot nor cold on your wrist}

1 1/2 tsp salt

2 1/4 tsp dry active yeast

1 tbsp butter

3 1/2 to 3 3/4 cup sifted flour

Mix water, salt and yeast in a mixing bowl until yeast is well dissolved. Add in butter. Slowly add flour, until well blended. Knead bread, folding dough over toward you. Then press down away from you with the heel of your hand. Give dough quarter turns, repeating kneading, until it is smooth, elastic and non-sticky.

Place dough in greased bowl, turning once to bring greased side up. Cover. Let rise until double {about 1.5-2 hours}. Once risen, punch down, pulling edges into center and turn completely over in bowl. Let rise again until almost double {about 30-45 minutes}.

After second rising, divide dough into 16 equal parts. Form into little buns {or balls}. Place on grease baking sheet. With scissors, snip rolls in half, then in half again, cutting almost through to the bottom. Brush with water. Let rise one hour.

Brush with water again. Then brush with egg white and sprinkle with poppyseeds.

Bake at 425 for 10 minutes.

It might sound like a lot {especially if you don’t bake with yeast often}, but it’s really quite easy – I promise!

Once the rolls are done, they are hard on the outside {like french bread} but super soft and yummy on the inside. They make a plainer meal – like Monday night meatloaf – something a little more spectacular.

And for that, I’m marking mastering yeast off my 30 Before 30 list!

Bon Appetit!

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9 Responses to "French Bread Rolls Recipe"

Oh YUM. I want to learn how to make baguettes! This just reminded me…

looks amazing! Honestly, I do not have the knack for cooking, but these make me want to work harder at kitchen success. hehe!

My mouth is watering those sound perfect! Way to go on marking off another item and learning how to handle yeast dough!

I tried my first yeast recipe a few weeks ago (a pizza dough recipe from Alicia) but it wouldn’t rise. It could be that our kitchen is too cold. Perhaps this could be my second attempt at yeast.

A trick I have done before is sticking the dough in the oven (not turned on). It seems to stay warmer than the rest of the house. Maybe try it and see if the dough rises.

Your french bread rolls are beautiful! Great job, Sarah!

That does sound pretty easy! Hmmm…will have to add that to our menu for next month. Forgot if we have active yeast or instant. Do you happen to knowthe difference, if they can be substituted? Thanks!

I think instant yeast is used more for bread machines and doesn’t need to be dissolved. But with active dry, it usually needs to be dissolved in water with sugar (though this recipe didn’t call for it). Because of that, for this recipe I think you could totally do an instant yeast and be a-okay.

Oooh those look delightful!

I had on my list to make French Bread this week. It didn’t happen. But that’s not the point.

The point is that I don’t like making whole loaves of French Bread because there is only two of us. We are far too tempted to eat the whole thing. But THESE could be answer. Just pull out what I need and say that is it. The rest are saved for a later time.

Will definitely be trying these out! 🙂

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