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French Bread Rolls Recipe

These French Bread Rolls are a delicious and fluffy, pull-apart dinner roll. They are the perfect addition for a weeknight meal or holiday. The French Bread Rolls are buttery, tender and delicious!
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Servings 12


  • 1 ½ cups Warm water
  • 1 tbsp Dry active yeast
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil or oil of choice
  • 1 ½ tsp Salt
  • 4 cups All-purpose flour


  • In a large kitchenaid mixing bowl (you can also knead by hand), combine the warm water, yeast, and sugar. Your water will need to be warm, but not too hot. The sugar will help to feed the yeast and cause it to grow. Stir it all together and let it sit for a few ninutes. If you have a bubbly top after a few minutes, you can proceed with the recipe. If not--start over. You must activate your yeast with the warm water and sugar in order for your rolls to rise.
  • Once your yeast is activated (has the bubbly top), add in your oil, salt and 2 cups of the flour.
  • Turn your mixer on low and slowly add in a third cup of flour. Once the third cup of flour, slowly add in another half of a cup. You will want your dough to slowly pull away from the sides of the bowl. You may not end up needing all of the flour that the recipe calls for. You want your dough to be soft to the touch with a slight tacky feeling.
  • Turn the mixer on low and let it run for around 5 minutes. If you are kneading by hand, you’ll want to knead for around 10 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, spray the bottom with cooking spray. Place the kneaded dough into the bottom of the bowl and cover with a clean tea towel or greased piece of plastic wrap. Let the dough rise in a warm place for around an hour. You are wanting the dough to double in size.
  • After an hour, punch the center of the dough to deflate it. Lightly flour the counter top and put the dough on top of it.
  • Divide the dough up into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a smooth ball.  Grease a 9x13 baking dish and place the dough balls evenly into the 9x13 dish.
  • Cover the rolls again with a clean tea towel or lightly greased plastic wrap. Let the rolls rise for another 30 minutes or until they have doubled in size.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Bake the rolls for 15-18 minutes or until they’re lightly golden on top.  Remove them from the oven and coat the tops generously with butter. Enjoy!