Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Rising Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Baking Time: 15-20 minutes

Yield: 12 rolls


  • 1 cup warm milk (about 110°F or 43°C)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (approximately)
  • 1 large egg (for egg wash, optional)


  1. Activate the Yeast:
    • In a bowl, combine warm milk and sugar. Sprinkle the active dry yeast over the milk and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes until it becomes frothy.
  2. Mix the Dough:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the activated yeast mixture, melted butter, and salt. Gradually add the flour, one cup at a time, mixing until a soft dough forms.
  3. Knead the Dough:
    • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for about 8-10 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic. Add more flour if needed to prevent sticking.
  4. First Rise:
    • Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a clean kitchen towel, and let it rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until it doubles in size.
  5. Punch Down and Shape:
    • Once the dough has risen, punch it down to release the air. Turn it out onto a floured surface and divide it into 12 equal portions. Shape each portion into a round ball.
  6. Second Rise:
    • Place the shaped rolls on a greased baking sheet, leaving some space between each roll. Cover them with a kitchen towel and let them rise for an additional 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  8. Optional Egg Wash:
    • If desired, beat the egg and brush it over the tops of the rolls for a shiny finish.
  9. Bake:
    • Bake the rolls in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until they are golden brown on top.
  10. Cool and Serve:
    • Allow the homemade bread rolls to cool on a wire rack before serving.
  11. Enjoy Your Homemade Bread Rolls!
    • Serve these delicious rolls with butter or your favorite spreads. They are perfect for sandwiches, breakfast, or as a side for soups and stews.

Feel free to customize this recipe by adding herbs, seeds, or other ingredients to suit your taste.

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