No-Knead Dinner Rolls

by cakeduchess on November 23, 2012 · 40 comments

I told you I’ve been exploring my mountain of food magazines and books. I can’t buy any new magazines until I finally try some that have been on my mind for ages. And I mean ages!

This is from a Martha Stewart EveryDay Food December 2007 issue. I remember seeing the rolls and thinking I would one day try them. I am so happy I did. Here’s what Everyday Food says about the rolls:

“Even beginner-level bakers will have no trouble making these fluffy rolls; the dough can be prepped, put in the pan, and chilled up to a day ahead.”
Very true. Love these rolls! No-fuss with incredible results!

If you need to bring something to a holiday dinner in December, I think you would be the hit of the party with these delightful rolls!
Smell incredible while baking.
I made these rolls a couple weeks ago to have with dinner when hubs was off. I do try to make a homemade bread of some sort when he’s home whenever I can. He only has a couple nights off a week with us so it’s dinner is more of a special occasion on these nights. It’s usually a quicker yeast bread. This is a bread recipe you can even make with the kids. You stir the ingredients all together in the bowl. It is a no-knead recipe but I did mix it together a little with my hand to in the bowl to incorporate the ingredients a little better. The dough rose beautifully as it has 2 packets of yeast. The fluffiness was out of this world. From the ease to the wonderful flavor and texture, this is a recipe you will want to make again and again to impress your family.

No-Knead Dinner Rolls
Everyday Food December 2007

2 cups warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
1/4 cup sugar
4 tablespoons butter, melted, plus more for pan and brushing
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
6 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for shaping dough


Pour warm water into a large bowl; sprinkle with yeast, and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.
Add sugar, butter, eggs, and salt; whisk to combine. Add flour; mix until incorporated and a sticky dough forms. Brush top of dough with butter; cover bowl with plastic wrap, and set aside in a warm place until dough has doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
Turn dough out onto a well-floured work surface. With floured hands, roll dough into a thick log. Cut into 18 equal pieces (halve log, cut each half in thirds, then cut each piece into thirds again).

Brush a 9-by-13-inch baking pan (I used a 9 x 9 pan) with butter. One at a time, flatten each piece of dough, then fold edges toward the center, pressing to secure, until a smooth ball forms. Place dough balls in prepared baking pan, smooth side up (you should have 3 rows of 6 *4 rolls of 4 in a 9×9 pan). Cover loosely with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, 30 to 40 minutes. (Alternatively, refrigerate, at least 4 hours and up to 1 day.)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove plastic wrap; brush rolls with butter (I used an egg wash).

Bake until golden and rolls sound hollow when tapped on bottom, 35 to 40 minutes (tent with aluminum foil if browning too quickly). Pull rolls apart, and serve warm.

I like looking at the recipe online and reading the comments. This reader had a good tip if you’re looking for even quicker way to bake these rolls:

anna_zager  28 Jan, 2009 :
“ I made these LAST min. Didn’t let them rise AT ALL! Mixed them (with rapid rise active dry yeast), made into rolls, put directly into oven. Cooked for 35 mins”

This commentor let her rolls rise overnight in the fridge:

sparkle9152  26 Nov, 2010:

“Made these for Thanksgiving and they were buttery and soft. I liked the fact that they came out well even after being in the fridge overnight. I will definitely use this recipe again!”

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am grateful for all of you and your constant support.


{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

Shulie Foodwanderings November 23, 2012 at 3:49 pm

How come your dough always looks so incredible when risen? Tell me your secret! Pretty please. Don’t hold back! :) I swear these rolls make my stomach growl and I desperately need to get on a diet, you no help, though I know you are my friend! :)


Lisa November 23, 2012 at 4:16 pm

I love how tall and fluffy these rolls are. I wish I had some to make some turkey sliders right now! This recipe is a keeper – I’m hoping mine turn out as lovely as yours :) xo


Paula November 23, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Beautiful light and fluffy rolls. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Lora ;)


Amanda November 23, 2012 at 5:32 pm

oh delicious! they look so so fluffy! I hope you had a great thanksgiving!


Jamie November 23, 2012 at 5:57 pm

These have just blown me away Lora! Amazing! And no-knead? I am so making these this weekend!


Cookin' Canuck November 23, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Wow, those are seriously the most beautiful rolls! And the fact that they’re no-knead means that I REALLY have to try them.


Ms. Maida November 23, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Wow, these look fantastic and fantastically simple to make! One small question: do you think the recipe could be easily (and successfully) halved? Thanks! :)


Cake Duchess November 25, 2012 at 3:03 am

I haven’t tried this recipe halved. I would recommend making the whole recipe and freeze whatever you don’t eat for another day (or share them)-they’re so good!


Gastropleasures December 6, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Ahh fantastic idea – thanks – will do!! :)


Laura (Tutti Dolci) November 23, 2012 at 7:10 pm

I am obsessed with dinner rolls, these look incredible!


Jessica@AKitchenAddiction November 23, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Homemade dinner rolls are my favorite! Love that these are no-knead!


Kimberly (Unrivaledkitch) November 23, 2012 at 8:49 pm

It’s always nice to have a great dinner roll recipe. These look great!


Carrian Cheney November 23, 2012 at 9:56 pm

These look so fluffy, golden and delicious, love that they are quick and easy too!


Patty November 23, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Beautiful fluffy dinner rolls!!!! Love your recipe;-)


Rosa's Yummy Yums November 23, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Beautiful rolls! A great recipe.




Addie K Martin November 23, 2012 at 10:24 pm

these look so easy! Gotta try – thanks for sharing :)

Happy Thanksgiving!!


Paola Bacci November 23, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Una ricetta deliziosa!!! Complimenti, buon weekend!


Swathi Iyer November 23, 2012 at 11:22 pm

Love that crumbs looks perfect. It is hard to say no knead, Hope you had wonderful thanksgiving.


The Café Sucré Farine November 24, 2012 at 3:44 am

Yummy! They look amazing and I’m sure the aroma was incredible as they baked!


Vivian Pang November 24, 2012 at 9:10 am

Soft bread with only all purpose flour and no knead. Going to try soon. Bookmarked! Thanks for sharing!


Terra November 24, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I remember making the No-Knead bread you shared about a year ago, and love that recipe! I so need to make this gorgeous recipe! I have been looking for a tried and true roll recipe, so this is on my list:-) The rolls look so fluffy and delicious, Hugs, Terra


Valerie November 24, 2012 at 3:36 pm

The rolls are so fluffy and soft…like edible, tasty pillows! Thanks for sharing the recipe, and for the helpful photos!


Lemons and Anchovies November 24, 2012 at 3:51 pm

I’m glad I’m not the only one who is so behind on trying out recipes from magazines. Some of mine I have never even flipped through. Okay, one of these days, I’ll have to do the same. These rolls were truly a great find. I love that they’re no-knead; they turned out beautifully!


Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } November 24, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Love the “no knead” concept! Brilliant. These look sooooo fluffy and light and I bet it was hard to eat just one. :-)


Magic of Spice November 25, 2012 at 2:14 am

These look amazing! Hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday!


Kate@Diethood November 25, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Holy yum!! They look so so good!! I wish I was at your dinner table… I would have been fine with just eating these beautiful rolls. :)


Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking November 25, 2012 at 5:03 pm

my tummy is growling! I WANT these right now! forget about the other dishes, I want the whole pan just for me!


Kavi | Foodomania November 26, 2012 at 2:09 am

Hey Lora! I’ve been following your blog for a while now and wanted to drop a comment :) I love your recipes! They come out perfectly every single time!! :)


Phong Hong November 26, 2012 at 7:44 am

Wow, they sure look fluffy! I should try it since there’s no kneading involved (yeah, I’m lazy).


Jenny @ BAKE November 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I’m really getting into making my own bread! these rolls look so good! I can’t wait to try your recipe!


Jen Laceda | Tartine and Apron Strings November 26, 2012 at 3:07 pm

I should really try to make my own bread! EVeryone seems to be doing it, and everyone – I say, everyone – is doing a great job of it! I like the rich egg-like color of your rolls! This should be good with loads of butter! Hehehe!


Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts November 26, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Yum! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! These rolls look amazing!


Lorraine Joy Alegria-Vizcarra November 27, 2012 at 5:23 am

The rolls look wonderful.


Baker Street December 6, 2012 at 8:11 am

Wow! These rolls have great texture, Lora! Your dough has risen perfectly! Can’t wait to give your recipe a try! :)


Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks December 6, 2012 at 2:55 pm

These rolls look wonderful, Lora! I love anything no-knead!


Eloisa Robinson February 1, 2013 at 5:20 am

Made these today and they were very good. Easy and fast. I used less yeast, 3t and less than 5 1/2c of flour. Rose beautifully, 1st and 2nd rise. Divided dough into 15 rolls. Melted butter in my 13×9 pan and the bottom of rolls had a nice crust. Thank you for sharing


pinkfrosting_xo March 2, 2013 at 11:49 pm

Your food looks amazing! I love your photos. xo


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