You don’t need a stand mixer, no kneading, and no special equipment whatsoever. These No-Knead Dinner Rolls are exceptionally soft and fluffy, and making them is incredibly simple. Just mix the ingredients in a bowl using a wooden spoon—no more effort required! This is hands down the easiest bread roll recipe you’ll ever come across!
This recipe for bread rolls will blow your mind!
These dinner rolls possess the following qualities:
- They require no kneading.
- You won’t need a stand mixer or any other electric appliances.
- Mixing the dough takes just 2 minutes of active effort.
- They boast golden tops and a soft, fluffy interior.
Every time I whip up a batch of these rolls, I’m astounded by how effortless they are to make and how incredibly delicious they turn out. They measure up in every aspect to classic dinner rolls that demand manual kneading (hello, tired arms!) or the use of a stand mixer. I genuinely believe, down to my very core, that only those with discerning palates or seasoned bakers can discern any difference between these No-Knead Dinner Rolls and traditional, kneaded-until-your-arms-hurt dinner rolls!
Take a look at how wonderfully soft and fluffy they are!
Kneaded vs No Knead Dinner Rolls
In the spirit of full transparency, here are the distinctions I’ve observed between kneaded dinner rolls and these No-Knead Dinner Rolls:
- Kneaded rolls retain a bit more moisture for a longer period. In other words, they tend to be slightly better the following day compared to the No-Knead ones. However, it’s worth noting that homemade bread, muffins, and similar items, being free of preservatives, are at their best when enjoyed fresh. So, I don’t view this as a significant drawback. Neither kneaded nor No-Knead rolls stay great the next day; they both lose moisture and benefit from a quick warming before serving. The key difference is that the kneaded ones might be passable without reheating (though not at their best), while the No-Knead ones definitely require warming.
- Kneaded rolls exhibit a slightly greater rise. This is a distinction that might not be noticeable to the average person, and it’s not to say that the No-Knead rolls aren’t soft and fluffy – they certainly are. It’s just that the kneaded ones achieve a slightly higher rise with the same amount of yeast.
I’m a firm believer in the merits of no-knead bread, and as evidence, I’ve shared recipes for No-Knead Artisan Bread and Focaccia, both of which yield spectacular loaves without requiring a single minute of kneading!
Dump-and-mix NO KNEAD Dough
When it comes to the preparation, making the batter is as simple as a dump-and-mix operation. However, there is a significant difference in the rising time compared to kneaded dough, which can typically rise within 30 to 45 minutes for the first rise, followed by a similar duration for the second rise after forming the rolls. In the case of these No-Knead Dinner Rolls, the dough is considerably wetter than kneaded dough, so it requires a longer rising time – approximately 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on the ambient temperature. If you opt for my somewhat unconventional but effective tip of allowing the dough to rise in your (empty and warm!) dryer, it can be ready in just 1.5 hours (refer to the recipe notes for more details).
As seen in these photos, the dough differs significantly from traditional bread dough. It’s not suitable for kneading; in fact, it’s much too sticky and resembles more of a muffin batter in texture.
Here’s a handy tip: Achieving a beautiful golden surface requires rolling the dough into tight and smooth balls. With sticky dough, this can be a bit challenging. Here’s a workaround: Gently press the dough down, then fold it up like a money bag (reminiscent of Thai Money Bags). Flip it over, and you’ll have a nicely smoothed surface with the dough stretched tautly, resulting in that desired smooth, golden exterior. I also demonstrate this technique in the recipe video, which you can find below the recipe.
Make-ahead and bake on demand
Another significant advantage of these rolls is that you can shape the dough into rolls, refrigerate them overnight (unbaked), and then bake them fresh whenever you’re ready to serve! It’s quite remarkable, and I must admit I had my doubts about whether it would work, but it certainly does.
With Easter approaching, I decided to share this recipe shortly after posting the Hot Cross Buns (which can also be made using this No-Knead technique, and you can find the recipe in that post). I understand that some people may find baking with yeast a bit intimidating. However, I assure you, watch the video and witness how these rolls turn out – soft and irresistible. Prepare to be amazed by how effortlessly they come together!