For Beginners: How to Make Dinner Rolls


Let’s continue on in our bread series 101! Warm, soft, fluffy bread rolls right out of the oven, brushed with melted butter and sprinkled with sea salt. It’s irresistible. These delicious dinner rolls have a special ingredient in them – Greek Yogurt – making the rolls extra smooth and light. See also How to Make Sandwich Bread and How to Make Italian Bread.

Dinner Rolls

Adapted from Roxana’s Homebaking

For Beginners: How to Make Dinner Rolls


  • 1/2 cup bread flour
  • 2 tsp (8.4 grams) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt, with extra sea salt or fleur de sel for sprinkling at the end
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 1/4 cups bread flour
  • 4 tbsp melted and cooled butter, plus 2 tbsp of butter for brushing rolls at the end


  1. In a mixing bowl add 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup lukewarm water and the active dry yeast. Mix to combine and leave at room temperature until bubbly and has a sponge-like texture (6-8 minutes).
  2. In a separate bowl whisk the eggs with the yogurt, salt, sugar and the remaining 1/4 cup water. Add the wet ingredients to the yeast mixture. Use a whisk to combine the mixture. Now, slowly, almost one tablespoon at a time, add the flour, stir with wooden spoon, add more flour, then stir again. It's going to be a very sticky batter. Once you add enough flour where the wooden spoon is hardly able to move in the batter, add the melted and cooled butter into the batter, then add a little more flour. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface/tabletop. Finish adding the flour while kneading the dough. Knead for about 8-10 minutes. With the help of a spatula/wooden spoon put the dough into a clean buttered bowl, cover with plastic wrap and leave at a warm place to rise tou double its size, about 1-1 1/2 hours. I leave it in the microwave with a small cup of hot water next to it. That generally works pretty well.
  3. Punch down the dough, or, you can turn it out from a high point onto a floured surface and it will deflate similar to the punching technique. But, be very, very careful! You don't want to drop that dough onto the floor after all that hard work! With floured hands, take the dough and place it on a floured surface.
  4. Now divide the dough into 20 pieces, shaping (briefly) each one into a ball. The easiest way is to shape the dough into a long baguette-like shape, and cut the dough using a dough cutter. Place them on baking sheet, cover again with plastic wrap or a tea towel and leave at a warm place for another 30-40 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  6. Bake the rolls for about 20 minutes or until golden. As soon as you take them out of the oven brush them with the melted butter, sprinkle with sea salt. Enjoy!

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