No Knead Easy Dinner Rolls

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5 from 8 votes
My Grandmother's No Knead Easy Dinner Rolls have been a well guarded secret in our family. These blissful little clouds of perfection will put a smile on everyone's faces and remind them of Grandma's table.
Prep: 3 hours 20 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
cooling time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total: 5 hours 10 minutes

My Grandmother’s No Knead Easy Dinner Rolls have been a well guarded secret in our family. These blissful little clouds of perfection will put a smile on everyone’s faces and remind them of Grandma’s table.

No Knead Dinner Rolls are one of those certain things in life that are just worth the time and effort. Homemade dinner rolls are a warm hug, a special treat that communicates the love that you have for your family.

Why this No Knead Dinner Rolls Recipe Works

The above mentioned, no knead rolls are very simple to make. Rolls do not require the kneading process and come out perfect every time. It will be the star of your holiday table or any meal you just want to make a little more special. The best part is they are very simple to make.

How to Make this Soft No Knead Dinner Rolls Recipe – Step by Step 

  • Make Dough: First, in a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, yeast, salt, and eggs. Meanwhile in another small mixing bowl, combine milk and melted butter. (Make sure the temperatures of both butter and milk are at room temperature or the mixture will immediately solidify.)
Step by step instructions for making easy dinner rolls
  • Fold Together: Second, use a rubber or wooden spatula, gently fold milk mixture into flour mixture.  Remember to scrape flour from the sides and bottom of the bowl and mix until the dough comes together and there is no flour left. Gently fold the edges of the dough toward the middle, a few times, until a smooth ball formed. Flip the dough seam side down. Carefully transfer it to a clean, lightly greased mixing bowl to proof.
Step by step instructions for making homemade dinner rolls
  • Rest: Cover mixing bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let it rise from 1.5 hours to 2 hours or until it doubles in size.  Divide the dough into 4-oz-ball, approximately 8 balls.
  • Arrange: Transfer the shaped dough on a lightly greased 10 inch cast iron skillet, seam side down. Arrange the rolls on the skillet and lightly cover with plastic. Let them rise for an hour or doubled in size
Step by step instructions for making no knead dinner rolls
  • Bake: Pre-heat oven to 350F. Prepare the egg wash by whisking together the egg and milk. Brush dinner rolls with egg wash and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, rotating the skillet half way.
  • Cool: Remove from oven and allow to cool in the skillet for 10 to 20 minutes. Then remove them from the skillet and put on a clean surface.
  • Honey Glaze: While rolls are cooling, prepare the honey mixture by combining honey and melted butter. Stir until smooth. 
  • Serve: Lastly, lightly brush the rolls with honey mixture and allow to cool completely, approximately one hour, before serving. 

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What is the difference between Kneaded and Easy No Knead Dinner Rolls?

The Easy No Knead Dinner Rolls rely on science to perfect it’s soft and tender consistency. It uses time to do what traditional kneading does.

Similarly, to make bread both, you have to relax the gluten in the flour. That has been traditionally done by kneading the bread. Subsequently, it a very labor intensive process. While the No Knead Dinner Rolls use time to let the yeast work and perform the same result.

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Easy homemade dinner rolls in a cast iron skillet with one roll removed and placed to the side and a glass of milk

Recommendations for Making No Knead Soft Dinner Rolls

The Key to making No Knead Soft Dinner Rolls, or any dinner roll for that matter, is to use the best ingredients. Here are a few tips for making good bread.

  • Measure carefully, even invest in a scale and measure your ingredients that way to make sure the amounts are correct.
  • Always, use good yeast, test your yeast to make sure it is still active and strong. Or it might result in flat rolls.
  • Invest in an oven thermometer to make sure that your oven is cooking at the right temperature.
  • Remember to make sure that you use room temperature milk and butter. Or the necessary chemical reactions wont occur correctly.

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Expert Tips for Making the Best Easy No Knead Dinner Rolls

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and split it into baking dishes before baking.
  • Butter it Up: Try Serving with my Honey Butter
  • Use it For More: This dough is great for pizza and focaccia too.

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No Knead Easy Dinner Rolls

5 from 8 votes
My Grandmother's No Knead Easy Dinner Rolls have been a well guarded secret in our family. These blissful little clouds of perfection will put a smile on everyone's faces and remind them of Grandma's table.
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Servings: 8 servings
Prep Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
cooling time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Bread flour
  • 4 tablespoons Unsalted butter melted
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Instant yeast
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 2 Large eggs beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups Whole milk room temperature
  • Egg wash
  • 1 Large egg beaten
  • 1 tbsp Whole milk

Honey Glaze

  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted butter melted

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl. Combine flour, sugar, yeast, salt, and eggs.
  • In another small mixing bowl, combine milk and melted butter.
  • Make sure the temperatures of both butter and milk are at room temperature or the mixture will immediately solidify.
  • Use rubber or wooden spatula, gently fold milk mixture into flour mixture.
  • Scrape flour from the sides and bottom of the bowl and mix until the dough comes together and there is no flour left.
  • Using your hands (lightly floured), spatula or plastic bowl scraper to gently fold the edges of the dough toward the middle, a few times, until a smooth ball formed.
  • Flip the dough seam side down. Carefully transfer it to a clean, lightly greased mixing bowl to proof.
  • Cover mixing bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let it rise from 1.5 hours to 2 hours or until it doubles in size. Don’t rush this process, the dough needs time to reach its sufficient rise.
  • When the dough is ready, carefully transfer it to a lightly-floured counter.
  • Divide the dough into 4-oz-ball, approximately 8 balls.
  • Work with 1 small dough ball at a time while covering the remaining dough with plastic wrap or a damp towel.
  • Flour your hands and lightly press the dough to the surface. Then pick up the edges and fold them toward the center until a ball shape is formed.
  • Flip the ball seam side down and use 1 hand or both of your hands to drag in small circles until the dough is perfectly round and smooth.
  • Transfer the shaped dough on a lightly greased 10 inch cast iron skillet, seam side down.
  • Repeat with remaining dough balls.
  • Arrange the rolls nicely on the skillet and lightly cover with plastic. Let them rise for an hour or doubled in size (don’t let them rise above the rim of the skillet).
  • Pre-heat oven to 350F.
  • Prepare the egg wash by whisking together the egg and milk.
  • Gently brush dinner rolls with egg wash and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, rotating the skillet half way. Dinner rolls should have a deep golden brown crust.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool in the skillet for 10 to 20 minutes.
  • Then remove them from the skillet and put on a clean surface.
  • While rolls are cooling, prepare the honey mixture by combining honey and melted butter. Stir until smooth.
  • Lightly brush the rolls with honey mixture and allow to cool completely, approximately one hour, before serving.

Expert Tips

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and split it into baking dishes before baking.
  • Butter it Up: Try Serving with my Honey Butter
  • Use it For More: This dough is great for pizza and focaccia too.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 398kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 119mg | Potassium: 143mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 425IU | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 1mg

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