Easy No Knead Yeast Rolls – The no knead bread craze reached a frenzy a few years ago. I never really bought into the idea because by kneading the dough you’re actually developing the gluten in the flour which is a very important step in basic bread making. But, as I looked more closely at some of the recipes out there from Martha Stewart and beyond, my curiosity was peaked, and I wondered if it would really work.
So, this recipe is my own version after reading through a multitude of recipes available on this subject. And, it truly is easy, and requires no special equipment. After developing this recipe, what can I say, I’m a “no knead” believer now.
Easy No Knead Yeast Rolls
In a medium size mixing bowl, sift together the flour, salt and sugar. Add the egg.
Easy No Knead Yeast Rolls
After the yeast has developed, gradually add it to the dry ingredients in the bowl, along with 5 tablespoons of melted butter. Begin to blend the ingredients together, using a large spoon incorporating more liquid as you go. I used a silicone spatula, and the dough didn’t stick to it, making this task a lot easier. At first, it looked like this…
You can make these rolls any size you like, of course. I used a 2 ounce ice cream scoop, lightly sprayed with cooking spray, to separate the dough into even portions after punching it down to release the air bubbles. Roll into a ball in your hands then arrange side by side, in a buttered non-stick metal baking pan. I used a 10-inch spring form pan. [Tip: It’s important that the rolls to be uniform in size so they’ll bake evenly.]
Melt the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter and using a pastry brush, lightly brush the tops. Reserve some of the melted butter to brush on the tops after the rolls come out of the oven, too. How many times can I say butter in this recipe? We are making bread, right? ☺ At this point, you can cover with a damp cloth and allow the rolls to rise again until doubled. [about an hour] I baked them immediately, so, the rolls you see in the pictures didn’t rise twice. Patience? Not so much…
Bake in a preheated 400°F oven for 20-22 minutes. Gorgeous, right? It doesn’t get much simpler, or better than that! Serve hot. Yield: 24 small rolls or 12 large rolls
To make the rolls in advance:
After forming the dough into rolls, cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap sprayed with cooking spray and refrigerate overnight, if desired. Uncover, brush with melted butter just before baking at 400°F for 20-22 minutes until golden. The rolls will continue to slowly rise even in the refrigerator.
2 [1/4 oz] packets rapid rise yeast [such as Fleischmann’s]
¼ cup granulated sugar, plus 1 tsp
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