Crusty French Bread Rolls

French Bread Rolls are the PERFECT yeast bread to serve on the weekend because they’re warm and fluffy on the inside, crusty on the outside, and incredibly easy to make!

Easy homemade bread doesn’t have to be intimidating, including White Bread, Homemade Dinner Rolls, Cornbread or even Garlic Bread.

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French Bread Rolls are the PERFECT thing to serve with dinner. They’re soft and fluffy on the inside, and crusty on the outside like a French baguette. This is one of my go-to roll recipes because they’re also an incredibly easy yeast bread to make, plus you don’t have to knead it by hand because it’s done entirely in the stand mixer!

I love to serve this french bread recipe for lunch with Classic Minestrone Soup or a Classic Wedge Salad, or for dinner with my Meat Lasagna. This roll recipe also works perfectly with my Sloppy Joe fillings. If you want a more flaky breakfast option you can also check out my recipe for Buttermilk Biscuits!

HOW LONG DO FRENCH BREAD ROLLS LAST?

French bread dinner rolls will last at room temperature for 4-5 days, wrapped tightly. You can also store them in an airtight container to keep them soft. Heat the french bread in the oven wrapped in tinfoil at 200 degrees F to make them seem fresh-baked again before serving.

CAN YOU FREEZE FRENCH BREAD DINNER ROLLS?

French bread rolls can be frozen either before or after they’ve been cooked. For cooked, freeze them in a sealable plastic bag wrapped in tinfoil. Defrost at room temperature for a few hours before serving, or reheat in the oven to make them soft and crusty again.

For uncooked, divide the dough into balls, then place on a baking sheet and place in the freezer. Once they’re frozen, about an hour, you can move them to a plastic bag. When you’re ready to bake, place them back on the baking sheet and bake according to the recipe, spraying with cold water to make them extra crusty (make sure it’s cold, warm water won’t work as well).

WHY IS MY FRENCH BREAD SO HARD?

If your roll recipe turns out too hard, it’s possible that you’re overcooking the rolls. Set a timer, and use an oven thermometer to make sure the oven is cooking at the right temperature.

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WHICH FLOUR DO YOU USE FOR FRENCH BREAD?

Some french bread recipes call for bread flour, because bread flour contains more protein. But I find that all purpose flour works fine instead of bread flour for this french bread recipe. You can also use whole wheat or other wheat flour for a healthier version.

 SOUPS TO ENJOY WITH THESE ROLLS

TIPS FOR MAKING FRENCH BREAD ROLLS

  • Make sure to set a timer and let the yeast and sugar sit in the hot water for the full time in this bread recipe. This step is called “proofing”, and it lets the yeast activate. The water will look cloudy and slightly foamy when it’s ready to use. I let it proof in the stand mixer, but you can use any large bowl.
  • When you’re letting the dough rise, the yeast needs a warm environment to grow. I usually put it near a window, or if your oven is on for another recipe you can keep it on top of the stove.
  • Make sure your yeast is as fresh as possible for this bread recipe. If the packet is expired, I recommend not using it, because your french bread won’t rise correctly.
  • Watch the french bread dough carefully, and stop kneading when it starts pulling away from the bowl. Kneading the dough for too long can result in dense rolls.
  • We’re using the stand mixer for this bread recipe, but you can knead it by hand if you want to.
  • You can use this same french bread recipe to make french bread dinner rolls or an actual loaf or baguette. Or roll them very thin and make breadsticks! You can also buy a baguette pan that will help keep the baguettes crispy on the top and bottom.
  • Wrap these french bread dinner rolls in tinfoil after they’re done baking, to keep them warm until you’re ready to serve.
  • Line your baking sheet with parchment paper to help keep the french bread from sticking.
  • You can substitute the active dry yeast with rapid rise yeast if you have to.
  • If the dough is sticking to your hands while you’re trying to work with it, dust your hands with flour lightly.
  • Brush the baguette dough with egg wash, or with butter to make the outside golden brown. You can also use a sharp knife to slice down the middle top of the roll for presentation.
  • Serve this french bread with soft butter or olive oil and herbs, and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt (my favorite fancy yet inexpensive finishing touch on foods) on top.

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French Bread Rolls

French Bread Rolls are the PERFECT yeast bread to serve on the weekend because they're warm and fluffy on the inside, crusty on the outside, and incredibly easy to make!
Yield 16 servings
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Bread
Cuisine French
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees)
  • 3 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt , divided
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter , melted
  • spray bottle with ice water

Instructions

  • To a stand mixer add the warm water, yeast and sugar and let sit for 10 minutes until cloudy.
  • Add the oil, half the salt and 2 cups of the flour with the dough hook and let it combine on medium speed adding the flour in ¼ cup increments until the dough starts to come together and eventually starts to pull away from the bowl, then turn up the speed and let it knead for 5 minutes.
  • Add to an oiled bowl and turn in the bowl to coat with oil then cover with a damp towel and let rise in a warm spot until it doubles in size for 60 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into 16 balls, place on a greased baking sheet and let rise for an additional 30 minutes then brush gently with butter and sprinkle with remaining salt before baking at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes spraying the dough with ice water twice halfway through the baking process to make the crust chewier.

Nutrition

Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 292mg | Potassium: 31mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. Reserving comment on taste. Making now but your directions seem incomplete. Did you mean add remaining 1.5 c flour in 1/4 c increments? I added but doesn’t seem to help. And using dough hook? Not doing what I suspect it should. Not making again.

  2. These had great flavor! My only problem with them is that they spread out and didn‘t stay as round as I would have liked. Crispy on the top but soft on the side and bottom. Otherwise they were very tasty and light inside. I think I might try skipping the final rise and just baking after I form the rolls.

  3. The family can’t get enough of these rolls. After freezing the dough do I have to let it rise again or just bake?

  4. Making these now…testing recipe for Thanksgiving. Due to regional humidity I needed to add an extra 1/2 cup AP flour. Baked in 2 lipped baking sheet pans, needed to add extra 10 -15 minutes to baking time. Next time I would use non-lipped baking sheets and I bet the original time would be excellent! Flavor and crust perfect!

  5. Wonderful rolls! And yes chewy! I did not have a sprizer bottle so just threw 3 ice cubes into bottom of oven after 10 minutes. A classic method for rusty rolls. Definitely a keeper.

  6. I was worried because the dough was quite soft. I would make again using the US weights. A lovely soft dough when cooked. We loved them !

  7. Great recipe, will make them again. They weren’t brown like yours but likely a user error.

    You ever make bulkie rolls? Similar to Kaiser but slightly more chewy, crusty and not as sweet. I cannot find a decent recipe for them. It’s a New England regional sandwich roll. They are one of my favorites and no longer live in the area.

    1. Under instruction see #4:
      Divide the dough into 16 balls, place on a greased baking sheet and let rise for an additional 30 minutes then brush gently with butter and sprinkle with remaining salt before baking at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes spraying the dough with ice water twice halfway through the baking process to make the crust chewier.

    1. Hi Roose . I had the same issue.

      I think the two cups go into the yeast water initially mix at medium speed

      Then 1/4 cup at a time you add the next 1 and 1/2 cups of flour waiting for it to pull away from the sides.

      Lol I had the same sloppy looking stuff.

      Mine are rising beautifully right now can’t wait to bake them.

  8. These were absolutely amazing! I used a coarse kosher salt which tasted so good and I added Italian spices to the melted butter. The ice water spray is a must. These were so deliciously crunchy!

  9. I made these this morning, but formed into 8 larger rolls. They turned out perfect! They remind my husband of a roll his mother bought at a corner bakery in New York when he was a kid. He told me not to loose this recipe! Thank you!

  10. I’ve made these rolls several times and they’ve turned out great! I used the US measurements with the full 3 1/2 cups of flour and had no issues, so I’m unsure what the other commenters are talking about there. I added some roasted garlic and shredded parmesan this time, so good. This recipe is going to stay in the rotation!

    1. These bread rolls were spectacular! Above my expectations! I was unsure of the dough as it seemed too sticky (I used cups, by spoon and level) and was hoping to find process shots to make sure the consistency was right, but in the end they turned out perfect! Thank you! ?

  11. These turned out so well that my daughter only ever wants to eat this French crusty bread! So delicious!! Tonight we are shaping the dough into baguette shaped loaves so we can make sandwiches with this bread!

  12. The timing is wrong. You say it takes one hour to make and yet all together you’ve mentioned about 2 hours something. If you really are a professional and want people to trust you, you’re going to need to change the times.

    1. Time is money. 105 minutes vs. stated 60. Oh no. I usually don’t count the baking time because it can vary. Be that as it may, baking is an art, and art takes time. Relax and enjoy the process. It’s a good recipe and I would not skip the ice water spritzing.

  13. First time I made it last week for my daughter’s birthday and my granddaughter’s boyfriends mum thought they was brought and they was so good

  14. I made these a week ago. Everyone raved about them. If you are making rolls you have to make this one.

  15. Delicious roll recipe and very easy with the use of a stand mixer. Followed the directions and did have to add almost a full cup of flour. I weighed out the first 3.5 cups (420 grams), added 2 full cups, then continued adding by 1/4 cups until the dough pulled away from the bowl. I did not have a spray bottle for water so I just used my fingers to flick the water over the rolls. Served with corn chowder and got rave reviews.

  16. I liked this recipe and made it just as it is. the dough was a bit sticky but I followed to a T and in the end, the rolls were just like the ones I have in Europe crunchy on the outside light, and fluffy on the inside. Perfect

  17. These rolls are so good. My family said it’s a keeper. So easy and doesn’t take the whole day to make. Thank you for the recipe ?

  18. I did have to add about 1/4 cup of flour during the mixing as it was a bit wet but otherwise, perfect results and easy to follow! I use this recipe for hamburger buns or some bread for the table. Love them!

  19. The ratio of flour and water is off even for US measuring. The dough was way too sticky and I added more flour. They are rising as we speak. I am am experienced baker and cooking teacher. Something is wrong with this recipe. I’ll second there comments about time. You left out the rising time in the top.

  20. I’m baking them now and while they came together nicely, the prep time, baking time, and cook times listed at the top of the recipe are wildly off (Prep Time 30 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Total Time 1 hour ) and would really throw someone off if they are trying to time things to finish at the same time. Thankfully I am experienced enough to suspect that things were off and read through first (which I suppose everyone should do regardless).

  21. I made these tonight. I’ve been making yeast bread for years but still feel intimidated by yeast each time. Your recipe is so clear. Thank you. They came out great!

    1. I never use a mixer. I find it rides up while mixing besides kneading by hand works out better and it’s good exercise.

  22. Hi Sabrina,
    I haven’t made bread since school (a VERY long time ago!) but I decided to make these and they are delicious!!!! I did half topped in egg yolk and half topped in butter and both great. Thanks for this superb recipe, wishing you a good year all the way from London 🙂

  23. Just made these tonight to accompany homemade chicken soup. Absolutely fantastic, I added a dash of garlic and onion powder to the melted butter and holy cannoli, super delicious. Perhaps a sprinkle of fresh parsley?

  24. Used the US measurements and they came out flawless. Did an egg white + water wash on the top before baking and two spritzes of water during cooking. Came out hard on the outside, soft on the inside! These will be a regular in our house for sure!

  25. These buns were perfect!
    I made 8 rolls, cooked for 22 mins at 400. Used the US measurements and they were spot on. Brushed with an egg/water glaze and they browned nicely. Thank you for the recipe!

  26. Hi:

    Just went through all the comments but could not find a picture, as requested by many, of what the dough should look like. Is there a picture somewhere?

    I also added an extra cup of flour so I could manage this very wet dough. Just waiting on the first rise now. I make sandwich bread every week, by hand, so I’m trying to broaden my bread making knowledge. Hope these turn out as this seems an easy recipe.

  27. I agree with some earlier comments on the wet/dry ingredient ratio. It seems if you use US cups, the recipe is fine, but the metric conversion is completely wrong giving a consistency of a thick batter which does not hold its shape. I did persevere and added more flour plus a lots of patience and managed to end up with nice soft crumb rolls, but not crispy. I would try again but with adjusted ingredients.

  28. I don’t have a lot of experience making bread. These sounded very easy. I ended up throwing my dough out as it seemed to wet and sticky. Not due to the recipe but my lack of experience. So wet that it seemed I wouldn’t be able to shape it into balls. I added quite a bit more flour, let it rise for an hour and it just didn’t look right. Guess I was expecting a firmer ball of dough. So my question is, is a wet sticky dough typical and could you provide a video for comparison?

    1. Use bread machine on dough cycle. It is a perfect dough. (I don’t like mixing dough with my hands because I end up using too much flour trying to make it less sticky).

    2. This needs a rewrite, which rack do we bake the rolls on? Had mine on second from bottom (like everything else I bake) and they turned out completely black on the bottom

    3. I’ve made the same bread recipe a week apart and one time it’s fine with stated amount of flour the next week I have to add a lot more flour. You need to add slowly until it is pulling away from the side of bowl and forms a ball on the dough hook. It changes by the temp/humidity in the house, may not be enough of a difference for you to feel but the dough will. Hope you’ll try again nothing better the the smell and taste of home made bread and rolls

  29. These are the absolute best rolls ever!! I make them at least once a week and can’t wait until the next time. Looking forward to serving these during the holidays!!!!

  30. I love these rolls, super easy and really delicious! I do have 1 issue, the rolls don’t get brown. I brushed them with butter, sprayed with ice water…the oven is well calibrated.

    Any suggestions?

    1. So for me personally I always just do an egg brush before baking rolls or French bread and it always gives it that crunchy golden top. I had never heard of the cold water spray method until reading this recipe. And butter just adds yummy flavor, but won’t make it get crusty. Hope this helps!:)

  31. I love these rolls, super easy and really delicious! I do have 1 issue, the rolls don’t get brown. I brushed them with butter, sprayed with ice water…the oven is well calibrated.

    Any suggestions?

  32. These were very nice rolls. I like that they were crusty on top and tender inside.
    I wish they had risen higher, considering they had 3 tsp of yeast. I used instant yeast. The dough was quite wet, & sticky, I added extra flour when I shaped them. They had very nice flavor. I made 8 rolls instead of sixteen for bigger rolls.

    1. Excellent recipe. Easy to follow instructions. This was my first time making a yeast bread and the rolls came out perfect! My dough was a little sticky and I made 8 rolls for sandwiches instead of 16.

      1. Hi all. I made the dough now but was hoping to bake these to have warm at a dinner party later tonight. Any suggestions on how to keep them before baking in let’s say 6 hours from second rising.

  33. Turned out perfect. I baked for an extra couple minutes to achieve browning in photos. I didn’t use as much salt on the top, as it seemed like a lot, but honestly the little pops of salt were SO GOOD, just do it.

    Usually I’d use parchment, but was out. Baked on a tinfoil sheet lined with crisco and they came out beautifully brown and crusty. I formed the dough in my mixer, but as always I prefer to knead by hand to get the perfect moisture balance. Ignore the bad reviews, all bread recipes require a little bakers intuition to balance out the dry/wet.

    After their final proofing, they buns on a single sheet looked like they had merged, but it cooked perfectly and they all pulled apart perfectly.

    Served them with a french navy bean soup. We’re definitely going to enjoy these through the week!

    1. This needs a rewrite, which rack do we bake the rolls on? Had mine on second from bottom (like everything else I bake) and they turned out completely black on the bottom

  34. This recipe is very easy to make, there is o stress involved, the rolls come out beautifully, they are crusty and tender inside it’s now in my cookbook for kee

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