It’s not Thanksgiving without yummy rolls! Bread is my favorite, especially smothered with butter and honey. YU-UM!
This fluffy French Bread roll recipe is perfect and easy to make for your Thanksgiving dinner.
Check out other recipes you can make for Thanksgiving like this make-ahead mashed potatoes.
This recipe makes 12, but you can easily double this recipe. You can also freeze them.
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1 tablespoon of active dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons canola oil (any other oil works)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour, more or less
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook or in a large bowl by hand, combine the warm water, instant yeast, sugar and let it proof for about 3-5 minutes until it is foamy and bubbly. Add oil, salt and 2 cups of flour.
- Begin mixing, and continue to add the rest of the flour gradually until the dough has pulled away from the sides of the bowl. Begin kneading the dough for 4-5 minutes in a stand mixer (7-9 minutes by hand).
- The dough should be soft and smooth, but still slightly tacky to the touch. After a few minutes of kneading, stop the mixer and grab a small piece of dough to test if it needs more flour or not. It might leave a little bit of sticky residue on your fingers, but if you can roll it into a small ball without it sticking all over to your hands, it is good to go. If not, gradually add a bit more flour as needed.
- Lightly grease a container or large bowl with nonstick cooking spray, and place the kneaded dough in the container.
- Cover the bowl with lightly greased plastic wrap or a large tea towel. Let the dough rise until it has doubled (this usually takes about an hour, depending on the warmth of the kitchen).
- Lightly punch down the dough and turn it out onto a lightly greased countertop.
- Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces (about 2.75 ounces each, more or less), and form the dough into round balls.
- Place the rolls in a lightly greased 9X13-inch pan or on a large, rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment or lightly greased. Space the rolls about 1/2- to 1-inch apart.
- Cover the rolls with lightly greased plastic wrap taking care not to pin the plastic wrap under the baking sheet or else the rolls will flatten while rising. Let the plastic wrap gently hang over the sides of the pan to fully cover the rolls but not press them down.
- Let the rolls rise until very puffy and doubled, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Bake for 15-17 minutes until lightly browned and cooked through.
- Immediately out of the oven, brush with butter (optional).
*Adapted from Mel Kitchen Cafe