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Soft white rolls recipe

Soft rolls

Course Side Dish
Cuisine British
Keyword bread, rolls
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Proving time 25 minutes
Servings 8 rolls


  • 3 g dry active yeast
  • 450 g strong white bread flour
  • 3 g sugar
  • 30 g softened butter
  • 3 g salt
  • 1 medium egg
  • 250 ml water


  1. Sieve together the yeast, flour, sugar and salt in one bowl.
  2. Whisk the egg.
  3. Combine the egg, water and softened butter.
  4. Mix all of the wet and dry ingredients together. Knead the dough for around 5 minutes, until you have a lovely smooth dough that is mixed evenly.
  5. Divide the dough. I always make 8 rolls, but you can easily do 12 or even 16 if you want some smaller rolls, however, you'll need to cook for less time and keep an eye on them!
  6. Place the rolls onto a greased baking sheet and allow to prove at 40C for around 20-25 minutes, until doubled in size.
  7. Dust the proved rolls with flour.
  8. Bake at gas mark 7 (220C) for 13-15 minutes. I find 14 minutes sufficient when I haven't pre-heated my oven, but keep an eye from around the 13 minute mark to avoid your rolls burning.
  9. Enjoy warm with something lovely, like parsnip soup, or just make into absolutely delicious sandwiches, or use for a BBQ! Yum.