French Bread Rolls


We LOVE a good homemade roll! I prefer to cook rolls in the morning because the smell that comes from the oven when bread cooks lingers all day. The Little Chefs come home from school excited for dinner because of the smell that hits them as they walk through the door. We thought it was time the Little Chefs tried their hand in bread/rolls. We found a French Bread Roll recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe which she describes as her no fail recipe. That is the perfect type of recipe we need when the kids are cooking.
The first thing we talked about is proofing the yeast. I showed Little Chef D how after 10 minutes the yeast mixture has an inch of foam on the top.  She then poured it into our mixing bowl and added salt very carefully. You can tell she is concentrating hard!

We do not like getting a lot of bowls messy so we let the dough rise the first time in the mixing bowl.


Little Chef C was very excited about forming the balls. She wanted to help and Little Chef D graciously let her assist. They made this short cute video about how they form the balls.


These rolls took longer to bake then the recipe advised. They did not brown as much as I would have liked. They did smell wonderful! Everyone gave these a thumbs up. Rolls do not need to be shaped perfectly in order to taste delicious. These will be made again in our home.

French Bread Rolls

Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

1 1/2 cups warm water
3/4 tablespoon instant yeast (or 1 tablespoon active dry yeast)
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups all-purpose flour, give or take a few tablespoons

In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl by hand, combine the warm water, yeast, sugar, oil, salt and 2 cups of the flour (if you are using active dry yeast instead of instant yeast, let the yeast proof in the warm water and sugar for about 3-5 minutes until it is foamy and bubbly before adding the oil, salt and flour). Begin mixing and continue to add the rest of the flour gradually until the dough has pulled away from the sides of the bowl. Judge the dough not by the amount of flour called for in the recipe but in how the dough feels. The dough should be soft and smooth but still slightly tacky to the touch.
Knead the dough in the stand mixer or by hand until it is very smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes in a stand mixer or 8-10 minutes by hand. Lightly spray a large bowl with cooking spray and place the dough in the bowl. Cover the bowl with lightly greased plastic wrap. Let the dough rise until it has doubled (this usually takes about an hour).
Lightly punch down the dough and turn it out onto a lightly greased countertop. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and form the dough into round balls. Place the rolls on a lightly greased or silpat-lined baking sheet about an inch or two apart. Cover the rolls with lightly greased plastic wrap taking care not to pin the plastic wrap under the baking sheet or else the rolls will flatten while rising. Let the plastic wrap gently hang over the sides of the pan to fully cover the rolls but not press them down. Let the rolls rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Bake for 12-14 minutes until lightly browned and cooked through.

*Freezable Option: I almost always make a double or triple batch of these rolls. Once they are baked and cooled, I place them in a zipper-lock freezer bag and put them in the freezer. I either take them out a few hours before I need them or I take them out frozen and microwave them for about 2-3 minutes on 70% power.


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23 Replies to "French Bread Rolls"

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    Pamela May 23, 2012 (6:28 am)

    Love all the pctures :-) looks lke my house when I make my healthy treats.. I am bookmarkng ths recpe I wll be makng ths, just gong to tweak wth whole wheat flour. Thanks so much for sharng!

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    Tiffany May 23, 2012 (3:26 pm)

    Those grls are so cute! How nce they are to help eachother! Can't wat to see more!

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    Jenny May 23, 2012 (3:32 pm)

    Great job teachng your kds! Mne love to help cook, too! What knd of mxer s that? I had one that looked exactly lke that called The Champ from K-Tec.

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    Heather Lynne May 23, 2012 (5:02 pm)

    These look really good! I love that your kds get to help you n the ktchen-that's such a great way to learn early on.

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    Laura Day May 23, 2012 (5:34 pm)

    I love the smell of fresh bread bakng, but I'm on the lazy sde & buy frozen bread to bake. It gves off the same smell, but easer to cook. Of course, your bread s probably much better.

    Stoppng by from VoceBok!

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    Five Little Chefs May 23, 2012 (7:06 pm)

    I thought about usng whole whea flour but I was out! Maybe next tme.

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    Savy Green Saver May 23, 2012 (7:24 pm)

    Looks great! My kds love to help me cook too! I have been cravng a good bread recpe to try!! I don't have a bread maker so t's been a challenge but these look good!

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    Michelle G May 23, 2012 (8:18 pm)

    I have to ask. .. b/c I can't tell. . . s lttle chef D younger than lttle chef C? LOL B/C my youngest s the complete ham that s not camera shy at all! My youngest absolutely loves cookng wth me. Your lttle chefs are very cute and the recpe looks yummy! I've done French bread before, but never french rolls.

  • comment-avatar May 23, 2012 (11:08 pm)

    What a great recpe to make wth kds! My four-year-old would love formng the rolls and kneadng the dough. I'm gong to try ths next week. Thanks for the dea!

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    Dominique Goh May 24, 2012 (3:47 am)

    They look very yummy and easy to make. May try t out wth my kds next week.

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    Five Little Chefs May 24, 2012 (10:20 am)

    I crack up at the funny mstakes they make n the vdeo and how they correct each other!

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    Five Little Chefs May 24, 2012 (10:23 am)

    It s a BlendTec. My Ktchen Ad ded about a year ago and I made the swtch. Ths has a blender and a mxng bowl. We are LOVING t! I can make large batches!

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    Five Little Chefs May 24, 2012 (10:23 am)

    They are learnng so much and becomng a lot more ndependent then just 5 months ago! It s fun to watch ther progresson.

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    Five Little Chefs May 24, 2012 (10:24 am)

    Go for whatever works for you!

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    Five Little Chefs May 24, 2012 (10:26 am)

    I have used a bread maker for a whle and I prefer to make bread ths way. I couldn't get over the huge hole n the mddle!

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    Five Little Chefs May 24, 2012 (10:29 am)

    Yes! Lttle Chef C was helpng her lttle sster. But Lttle Chef D made sure we knew ths was stll HER recpe and she was the one n charge.

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    Five Little Chefs May 24, 2012 (10:31 am)

    Formng the rolls for just us s great practce because they do not need to be perfect to rase and no one cares f t s a perfect shape. That s why the vdeo s funny to me. She really sn't teachng a proper way, just what works for her! They stll taste yummy!

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    Five Little Chefs May 24, 2012 (10:31 am)

    Gve t a try! You wll love t.

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    Lissa @ The Looking Glass May 24, 2012 (12:26 pm)

    YUMMY! found you va the blog hop xo

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    Miz Helen May 25, 2012 (2:16 pm)

    Just precous lttle helpers, brngs back wonderful memores of my grls n the ktchen. The French Bread Rolls look delcous! Hope you have a specal week end and thank you so much for sharng wth Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Mz Helen

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    Alyssa May 30, 2012 (2:27 pm)

    These rolls look really good. Your helpers are so cute! Thanks for sharng at Showcase Your Talent Thursday. I hope to see you at the next party!

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    Michelles Tasty Creations May 30, 2012 (6:53 pm)

    These rolls look super yummy. I love that the kds get to help out n the ktchen. I used to have lttle helpers n the ktchen. Now all they do s say bye Mom, gong out wth frends.

    Thanks for sharng at Creatve Thursday last week. I can't wat to see what you lnk up ths week. Have a great day :)

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    Five Little Chefs June 2, 2012 (3:19 pm)

    I'm hopng by the tme my kds come and go lke that they wll have more sklls then I dd. :)

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