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Soft & Fluffy One Hour Rolls

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Soft, fluffy, & buttery rolls in just one hour! Yes it can be done and you won’t believe how delicious and fail-proof these rolls are. These one hour rolls are perfect for Thanksgiving dinner or easy enough for a weeknight dinner.

Soft, fluffy, & buttery rolls in just one hour! Yes it can be done and you won't believe how delicious and fail-proof these rolls are. These one hour rolls are perfect for Thanksgiving dinner or easy enough for a weeknight dinner | www.togetherasfamily.com #thanksgivingrecipes #thanksgivingfood #breadrecipes #rollrecipes #recipe

If you have followed my blog for any amount of time you may notice that I don’t have a lot of homemade bread/roll recipes. In fact, I am pretty sure I only have one which are these parmesan breadsticks. The reason being is that I have not had much luck with homemade bread, yeast, and all that stuff.

I may be a food blogger that makes all kinds of food but for some reason I have never been able to master rolls. They turn out too dense, too hard, no flavor, yeast does not rise, too much flour….. I mean, really, I could go on and on.

I tell you this because if I am posting a roll recipe then you can have 100% faith that it is an easy, fail-proof recipe that anyone could do. Β 

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These really can be done in one hour. Mine actually took longer because I had my 1 year old crawling all over the kitchen floor while I was baking. He loves to get into the trash, the cabinets, and his favorite thing to do is to take ALL the bowls out of the cabinet and scoot them around the kitchen floor.Β 

So my rolls took a bit longer because of said 1 year old. He is just so squishy and cute so he can get away with doing annoying stuff like that πŸ™‚Β 

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How to make one hour rolls

The easiest way to make these rolls is in a stand mixer like a KitchenAid. You can also just use a bowl, wooden spoon, and some hand strength to mix and knead the dough as well.

  • Combine yeast + sugar in a small bowl or cup, and dump into the bottom of the mixing bowl. Pour some hot water over it and let it get nice and frothy. If your bowl does not look like the picture up there (#1 picture) then you will need to start over.
  • You want the top to get bubbly and frothy. The reasons for it not to get frothy is either the water is too hot or not hot/warm enough. I have always just turned my kitchen faucet to the hottest water and then I use it. It’s worked for me each time.
  • Once frothy add salt, softened butter, and 3 cups of flour. Use the dough hook to mix it up until it pulls away from the sides of the bowl (like in picture #3). You will add additional flour in 1/4 cup increments until it does pull away from the sides of the bowl. I usually end up adding an additional 1/2 cup flour, for a total of 3 1/2 cups flour in the recipe. Start at 1/4 cup and add from there.
  • I will note that since moving to Utah, which has higher elevation then Maryland, I have not had to add the additional flour. Let it mix first with the 3 cups of flour, and then decide if your dough needs more flour.Β 
  • Let it sit in the bowl, covered with a clean kitchen towel, to rise for about 20 minutes.Β 

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  • Pinch off pieces of dough and roll into a ball. Place 20 rolls into the baking dish, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with some sea salt. The size of each roll should be a bit larger than a golf ball.Β 
  • The next step is to cover them again with a towel and let rise.

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Bake the rolls and then enjoy the fluffiest, softest one hour rolls you’ll ever eat in your life! I really do hope you love these. It’s the only roll recipe I make anymore because I trust it, it’s easy enough even for me to do, and they’re so delicious.Β 

Soft, fluffy, & buttery rolls in just one hour! Yes it can be done and you won't believe how delicious and fail-proof these rolls are. These one hour rolls are perfect for Thanksgiving dinner or easy enough for a weeknight dinner | www.togetherasfamily.com #thanksgivingrecipes #thanksgivingfood #breadrecipes #rollrecipes #recipe

You won’t even need butter with these rolls! They are super fluffy and incredibly soft. Serve these rolls warm from the oven and they will literally melt in your mouth. So yummy and even better dipped in some creamy wild rice & chicken soup.Β 

I should mention that this entire pan of 20 rolls was gone in one day at my house….. my kids ate them like they were candy and we dipped them into this delicious hamburger soup recipe.

 

One Hour Rolls
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 
Soft, fluffy, & buttery rolls in just one hour! Yes it can be done and you won't believe how delicious and fail-proof these rolls are. These one hour rolls are perfect for Thanksgiving dinner or easy enough for a weeknight dinner.
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: one hour rolls, roll recipe, thanksgiving
Servings: 20 rolls
Calories: 90 kcal
Author: Jessica - Together as Family
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups very warm water (see note below)
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast (NOT quick rise)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 3-4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted (for brushing on top of rolls)
  • sea salt
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl stir together the sugar and yeast. Pour into the bottom of the bowl of a stand mixer. Pour the water over it and let it sit for 5 minutes. It will be frothy and bubbly.
  2. Add softened butter, salt, and 3 cups of flour. Mix on medium low speed, using the dough hook, until combined. Add additional flour, 1/4 cup at a time, until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. The dough should still be slightly sticky and soft. Be sure to not add too much flour.

  3. Knead for 5 minutes (I just used the dough hook to knead it in the stand mixer bowl) until it looks smooth. Cover with a towel and let rise for 20 minutes.

  4. Prepare a 9 x13 baking dish by spraying with cooking spray or lining with parchment paper.
  5. Gently punch down the dough and divide into 20 pieces (each piece will be a bit larger than a golf ball). Roll each piece into a ball and place into the prepared baking dish.
  6. Brush rolls with the melted butter (I save some of this to brush on the rolls after they cook) and sprinkle with sea salt. Let rise, uncovered, for 15 minutes.

  7. While rolls are rising heat oven to 400 degrees.
  8. Cook rolls for 15-18 minutes or until tops are golden brown. Serve warm!

Recipe Notes

A trick that I use for the water is to turn on the kitchen faucet all the way hot. I then use that water to pour into the yeast/sugar mixture.

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You need 1 tablespoon of active dry yeast for this recipe (not quick rise yeast) so I would suggest buying a small jar of it at the grocery store instead of the smaller packets. Once opened, store the jar in the fridge. Or buy the packets and measure out 1 tablespoon.Β 

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I always save some of the 3 tablespoons of melted butter (that you brush on the rolls before baking) to spread on top of the cooked rolls before serving.

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This recipe was originally published November 2017.

It has been updated with additional notes and republished October 2018. Recipe is the same.Β 

 

 

 

 

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25 Comments

  • Reply
    Shelly Amerine
    November 6, 2017 at 12:37 pm All your recipes look great!!
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      November 13, 2017 at 12:10 pm Thank you so much Shelly ☺️!
  • Reply
    sadira
    November 7, 2017 at 11:17 pm Thanks. Good recipe.keep up
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    Cheryl
    November 9, 2017 at 4:33 pm Do you use self rising or plain flour?
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      November 11, 2017 at 1:46 am I use all-purpose. I will clarify that in the recipe!
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    Laura Sisco
    November 10, 2017 at 2:58 pm I didn't have active dry yeast only quick yeast but made them anyway. Very easy to make with my Stand Mixer. They taste awesome. Next time I will make them bigger and have more like a dinner bun. Thanks so much for the fast and easy recipe.
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      Together As Family
      November 11, 2017 at 1:42 am Awesome! So good to hear 😁 I'm happy they turn out with the quick yeast. I've always used regular active yeast but now I'll have to test them out with quick. Thanks for letting me know!
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    Susan Redding
    November 10, 2017 at 5:30 pm Please let me know what kind of flour you used in these rolls. Thanks
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      November 11, 2017 at 1:38 am I use unbleached all-purpose flour. You don't have to use unbleached but I prefer it.
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    Marybeth
    November 12, 2017 at 3:29 pm Just made them and they were very easy for those of us who are "dough impaired." They will be on my Thanksgiving table. Thanks so much for sharing.
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      Together As Family
      November 13, 2017 at 11:57 am Yay! I'm not that great with yeast dough recipes but this is one that always turns out for me. So glad it worked for you.
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    Jodi
    November 17, 2017 at 2:40 pm Your site is so full of yummy recipes! Can I double or triple the batch of Soft and Fluffy One Hour Rolls?
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      November 18, 2017 at 10:50 am Thank you so much Jodi! That is so sweet of you :) Doubling or tripling would be just fine but I am not sure they make a mixer enough for all that bread dough if you double/triple it. Unless you do it by hand of course.... maybe just make separate batches??
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    Sharon
    November 21, 2017 at 11:38 am If I don’t have a dough hook what do you recommend using?
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      Together As Family
      November 21, 2017 at 1:04 pm You can use a wooden stir spoon and a bowl. That should work just fine and you will get a bit of an arm workout in :)
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    Jenine
    April 5, 2018 at 12:07 pm I love your recipe as it is but I am looking to be a little more healthier would it work if I used whole wheat flour instead of white?
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      April 5, 2018 at 8:00 pm That would work just fine. I tend to prefer white whole wheat flour as it does not make breads dense like the whole wheat flour does. So yes, you can use whole wheat flour but just know that they probably won't come out as fluffy as they would with the white flour or even the white whole wheat flour. Let me know how it goes! :)
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    Claudette
    November 10, 2018 at 2:34 pm Can you freeze these for a period of time? Or are they bake and serve?
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      Together As Family
      November 14, 2018 at 9:55 pm I don’t freeze things so I don’t really know. I have always just baked and served these rolls.
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    Karen
    November 18, 2018 at 11:42 pm Can you make these rolls GF by using GF flour?
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      Together As Family
      November 20, 2018 at 3:30 pm Probably. I don’t have experience with gluten free flour, but I would assume that as long as it’s an equal substitution then it should work just fine.
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    JK
    November 25, 2018 at 5:37 pm Hello, When having a dinner party and preparing all the other dishes, would it be harmful to the rolls if they did the second rise longer than 15 minutes? It’s one thing if just making the rolls, however, a different story if preparing a dinner and oven is in use for say a prime rib. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks JK
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      Together As Family
      November 26, 2018 at 11:10 am I always cook rolls before all the other stuff needs the oven. It’s not the best thing for rolls to rise too much so I would make them first thing, and let them cook before the prime rib or whatever else needs the oven. You could easily warm up the rolls right before serving, or just eat them as is which is delicious too.
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    JK
    November 27, 2018 at 8:02 pm Thank you for answering me and your suggestion.
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