shaped dinner rolls
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Shaped dinner rolls

Dinner rolls are a great bake for small children to help with. With this really easy recipe, they can get their hands messy and make something tasty for all the family.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Proving time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, British
Keyword: bread
Servings: 12
Author: cookingwithmykids


  • 450 g strong white bread flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 1 7g fast action dried yeast
  • 50 g butter softened
  • 250 ml milk lukewarm
  • 1 egg

For the topping

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsbp water
  • poppy seeds/sesame seeds


Mix the dry ingredients

  • Measure the flour out and pour that into a large mixing bowl or freestanding mixer. Add the salt, sugar and yeast in separate corners.
  • Weigh the butter out. If it’s not softened, to make it easier to mix pop it in the microwave for 5-10 seconds so it’s soft, but not melted.
  • Rub the mixture together until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. We used our mixer so just used the paddle attachment and gave it a quick blast.

Add the egg and milk

  • Pour the milk into a measuring jug, or a bowl on your scales set to ml. We put ours in the microwave for 30 seconds to make it lukewarm.
  • Make a well in the flour mixture then add the egg and milk.

Knead the dough

  • If you’re using a mixer, add the dough hook and turn it on to mix for 5 minutes or so. If you are doing it by hand, turn the dough out on to a lightly floured work surface. Knead it for 10 minutes, until it is smooth and elastic.
  • Pop the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with cling film. Put it in a warm place to rise for an hour or until it has doubled in size.

Make the rolls

  • Line 2 baking trays with baking paper
  • Turn the dough out on to a floured surface. Knock it back (punch it) and knead it for a few minutes. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and shape into rolls.
  • We tried a few different styles: Braids (make 3 long sausages pinch together at the top then make a plait); trefoils (divide the piece of dough into 3, roll into balls and stick together); knots (roll into a long snake and tie a single knot); cottage rolls (divide the dough into 1/3 and 2/3, roll into balls, pop the small one on top).
  • Put the rolls on a baking tray, spacing them well apart. Cover with oiled cling film and leave to rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes, or until it has doubled in size.

Bake the rolls

  • Preheat the oven to 220C/200C fan.
  • Mix the egg yolk and water together in a little dish. Brush on to the top of the rolls. Sprinkle with poppy seeds or sesame seeds if you are using them.
  • Bake the rolls in the oven for 15 minutes. They are ready when they have turned golden and sound a bit hollow if you tap them underneath.
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool.