French Bread Rolls

"Source: "Fine Cooking" This is one of my recently adopted recipes. I prepared it and it is wonderful. The end result are rolls with a crispy crust and soft chewy center. I always add wheat gluten when adding the flour. This produces a superior quality of bread so I am including it in the list of ingredients."
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Ready In:
5hrs 25mins
12 rolls




  • Dissolve yeast in mixer with water.
  • Add melted butter, sugar, dry milk, salt and pepper.
  • Whisk to incorporate.
  • Add 4 cups of flour and mix with dough hook.
  • Add additional flour until dough leaves the side of the bowl.
  • Knead dough by hand with a little flour until it is smooth and elastic Let rise in greased bowl, covered for about 2 hours until doubled.
  • At this point the dough can be refrigerated overnight or for 2 days.
  • Bring to room temperature before shaping.
  • Punch down and let rise until doubled again, about 2 hours.
  • Shape into 3 oz rolls, let rise covered for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Sprinkle with rye (or all purpose) flour, slash with lame quite deeply, sprinkle with salt.
  • Bake at 450 for 20-25 minutes (throw 1/4 cup ice water onto bottom of oven as soon as rolls are put in or spray sides of oven with cold water), reduce heat to 400 and bake another 5 minutes.
  • Turn off oven and let rolls sit to crisp for another 5 minutes.
  • Cool at least 20 minutes.
  • Store rolls in plastic bag.
  • To recrisp, put into 400 oven for 5 minutes.

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  1. Rita1652
    I made half the recipe with no problems. Put all the ingredients into my bread machine on the dough cycle & went to work for 4 hours. Yes I cheated but when a girls got to work(7 days a week) a girl will do whatever it takes. Came home divided it into rolls let rise for 40 minutes. Baked for 20 minutes took out let cool for 5 minutes before everyone attacked them. The aroma was heavenly. The crust was so ever crisp and the inside was soft and warm. YES WONDERFUL COMFORT FOOD!
  2. ellie_
    Delicious! I made smaller rolls than the recipe stated making about 24 small rolls, baked 20 minutes but did not put ice in my oven - I wasn't sure how the oven would react. Thanks for this wonderful recipe - next time I want to make cresent rolls with this dough - I think they'll be fabulous!
  3. WiGal
    Croute croquante, doucement a l'interieur, et caoutchouteux! (Crunchy crust, soft inside, and chewy!) Made as posted including the black pepper-I used a 1/2 teaspoon which was skimpy. Fortunately, I have 3 oven racks so I put the pan of ice water on lowest rack, and the other 2 cookie sheets went on the other racks. Baked mine with ice water at 450 for 20 minutes and at 400 for a tad less than 5 minutes only b/c I was anxious to see if the bottoms were right and they were perfect. Used some slices for Recipe#268870 for our lunch today and Recipe#81065 for our supper. Merci Paula G for sharing. Made for my French jaunt during ZWT5 for the Chow Hounds.
  4. Sageca
    These are great rolls and I also produced some Panini buns. I am kind of proud of myself; I have a hard time making nice looking rolls and these aren't too bad. I used my Bread Machine( Zojirushi ) to do the work and then shaped the rolls. I also use Gluten in my breads so I had it ready. I will be making these again;thanks for posting. I made this for ZWT5. Rita
  5. ValeLovesFlorida
    Just looking at he picture I had to make these divine rolls! These went so well with our meal. Everyone dug in and before I knew it the plate was empty! So much for my second one :) Guess I'll have to make them again so I can have as many as I want! Thanks for this recipe!


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