Homemade Yeast Rolls

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Homemade yeast rolls are ideal for impressing at big feasts. However, these soft dinner rolls are easy enough to make as part of a regular cooking routine.

A napkin lined basket full of homemade yeast rolls with a close up of the one on top and a text overlay.

Learning how to bake rolls from scratch is not at all as daunting as it might seem and this recipe is almost foolproof.

Simple Ingredients

There’s nothing fancy going on here. Like most bread recipes, it is the simplicity that makes it so very comforting and delicious.

These are made with 100% unbleached all-purpose flour which keeps them soft and fluffy. There’s nothing grainy or dense here making them easy for a crowd.

A basket of homemade yeast rolls sitting on a table in front of rolls in a metal cake pan.

They’re also a naturally vegan bread recipe meaning you don’t have to worry about serving them to a variety of folks.

Difficulty Level: Beginner

These are the perfect easy yeast rolls for beginners to bake. The kneading and shaping is quite forgiving because they are baked in a round cake pan, letting them be rather free form.

Size of Rolls

The recipe is written to give 10 rather large rolls. However, smaller rolls can easily be made.

Start by weighing your ball of dough – it will likely be in the 2 1/2 pound range. Divide that weight by the number of rolls you want.

For example: 2 1/2 pounds is 40 ounces – 10 rolls would be 4 ounces each. Divide by an even larger number for bigger rolls, smaller numbers will give you more rolls that are smaller, which might be better for a big feast meal.

A napkin lined basket full of homemade yeast rolls with a close up of the one on top sitting in front of a metal pan full of more rolls.

Smaller rolls can easily be cooked on a cookie sheet instead of in round cake pans. Check the time earlier than the recipe indicates for smaller rolls.

How to Serve

Simply break the rolls apart by hand after they’ve cooled. Put the rolls in linen lined baskets to bring to the table for dinner.

Freeze Extras

Put extra rolls in airtight bags and freeze until solid. Eat frozen rolls within 6 months for best flavor.

A close up of a yeast roll sitting on top of a basket of rolls lined with a napkin.

Homemade Yeast Rolls

Yield: 10 Rolls
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Super soft dinner rolls perfect for feasts and simple weeknight dinners alike.


  • 1 Tablespoon Active, Dry Yeast
  • 2 Cups Warm Water
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 5 1/2 Cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour


  1. Whisk together the water, yeast, and sugar. Let sit until foamy - about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the salt and 4 cups of flour. Mix well.
  3. Continue adding flour until a dough begins to form.
  4. Turn out onto a floured board and knead until the dough is smooth, elastic, and slightly glossy.
  5. Grease a large bowl. Turn the dough around inside the bowl to coat with the oil.
  6. Cover the bowl with a towel and let sit until doubled. About an hour.
  7. Punch down the dough and knead slightly.
  8. Grease two 8" round cake pans.
  9. Weigh the ball of dough and divide it into 10 even pieces.
  10. Roll the pieces between your hands and the board to form round balls of dough.
  11. Place 5 rolls into each of the prepared cake pans. Place one ball in the center of each pan and place 4 dough balls around it.
  12. Cover the pans with a towel and let rise until doubled about 30-45 minutes.
  13. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  14. Bake the risen dough in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden. The rolls will sound hollow when tapped with a knuckle.
  15. Remove from the pan immediately to cool on wire racks.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1 Roll
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 256Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 427mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 8g

I try but cannot guarantee this nutritional information is 100% accurate.

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  1. Total Use rSUZANNE QUALLS

    Hi there,
    Just wanted you to know that I enjoy your posts. I have a recipe that I’ve used for many years and make my dinner rolls for Thanksgiving and Christmas and Easter.
    Wanted to point out that in today’s post you made an error when stating how to make larger/smaller rolls. (Not meaning to be critical, but for the sake of accuracy)

    When you have 40 oz. of dough and you want 10 rolls, each roll will weigh about 4 oz. IF you increase the NUMBER of rolls you want, each roll will be smaller, not larger.
    So, if you want many rolls, the size will be smaller, If you want fewer rolls, the rolls will be larger.

    For example: 2 1/2 pounds is 40 ounces – 10 rolls would be 4 ounces each. Divide by an even larger number for bigger rolls, (THIS SHOULD SAY ‘SMALLER ROLLS, smaller numbers will give you more rolls that are smaller (THIS SHOULD SAY LARGER)
    I’m sure you know what you meant, just said it backwards. (which I frequently do myself)

    Hope this helps.

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