French Dinner Rolls

"Finely crusted, with a soft chewy center, airy yet substantial, these rolls are a delicately hearty favorite with any meal."
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Ready In:
16 rolls




  • In a large bowl, mix warm water, yeast, sugar, and honey. Let stand until foamy, 5-10 minutes.
  • To the yeast mixture, add olive oil, salt, and 2 cups flour. Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough holds together.
  • Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. (Dough will be loose and sticky, but not too sticky).
  • Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat. Cover with a damp cloth, and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Deflate the dough, and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 16 equal pieces, (I cut it like a pizza, halved then quartered and so on, so they all come out equal) and form into round balls. Place on lightly greased baking sheets at least 2 inches apart. Cover the rolls with a damp cloth, and let rise until doubled again, about 40 minutes.
  • Brush the tops with egg white. (Feel free to use your fingers, just don't press too hard).
  • Bake 10-12 minute until golden.

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  1. The whole family agreed that I should make these again. I cannot believe how light and airy they are. I brushed the tops with egg white before baking and sprinkled them with Everything Topping- Bagels, Rolls, Bread recipe #421678. The one thing I wanted to mention is that the list of ingredients does not mention sugar as referenced in the instructions. I added 1 tsp as I thought the honey would sweeten the dough enough. This is a keeper of a recipe, thank you for sharing it. Made for PAC Spring 2011.
  2. I rarely write recipe reviews, but I felt compelled to this time. These rolls are amazing! They remind me of the most expensive rolls at the store. I've made them three times so far, and I may not go back to any other recipe. <br/>On step one, you did mention sugar as noted in the review above, but I crossed it out. The 2 tbsp. of honey was sufficient. I think honey was a great choice of sweeteners. <br/>The last time I made these, I didn't have an egg, so I brushed cold water on the rolls rather than using egg white. It gave the rolls a soft crust, more like an American-style roll than a French roll. Just another way to go with it. <br/>Thanks for sharing this great recipe!



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