Jun 26, 2010

Easy Sesame Seed Dinner Rolls


Homemade sesame dinner rolls fresh out of the oven!

I am so excited to share this recipe because beside breadstick dough, this is the easiest bread recipe I’ve found to date! With bread being such an essential component of every dinner, I found myself without any homemade or bakery bread (a shocker for sure) and went on the search for something easy but delicious. Jordan usually puts together some homemade breadsticks or crackers to accompany our dinner but we were trying to switch things up a bit. That’s when I came across this fantastic recipe in Southern Living. It’s the friendliest bread recipe I’ve seen and done myself, I promise! What makes this recipe so baker friendly, is first there is NO KNEADING required! How wonderful is that! No messy floured counter or yourself to clean at the end of putting this recipe together. The second thing is that the whole recipe is done and you’re ready to eat fresh bread out of the oven in about an hour! You can’t go wrong with these dinner rolls if you’re looking for a quick bread for dinner or if you’re even looking for bread for a more special occasion! These little rolls will surely impress!

You’ll only need a few ingredients for this bread recipe and you’ll get about 20-22 dinner rolls:


  • 1 packet of rapid rise dry yeast
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 3.5 cups of all purpose unbleached flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 1 egg yolk mixed with 1 tablespoon of water
  • sesame seeds

To start, fill a glass measuring cup with 1 cup of warm water (just run the water until it starts feeling warm to the touch) and then add the yeast to the water. Let this stand for about 5 minutes while the yeast becomes active and bubbles start forming throughout the mixture. At this time, also preheat your oven to 200 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl add the flour, sugar and salt. Attach the bread hook to the electric mixer and you can give the dry ingredients a quick little mix. Once the yeast is activated you can add the water/yeast mixture, along with the olive oil, to the dry ingredients. Turn the mixer on at a low speed for about a minute (you don’t want half the flour flying everywhere at a high speed). Once things start coming together, go ahead and turn the mixer to a medium speed and just let it do its magic for another 5 minutes. The beauty in this whole process is that while it mixes for those five minutes, your machine is doing the kneading process for you! It truly can’t get easier than that! Here’s the finished bread dough product:

Easiest bread dough: flour, salt, sugar, yeast, water, olive oil. Done and ready to rise in 10 minutes flat!

The next step is play with your food time. Divide the dough into 20 pieces (we ended up with 22 for some odd reason, but shoot for 20) and just roll each piece into a rope approximately 7 inches long. You then take your rope of dough and form a loose knot and place it on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.

To apply the sesame seeds and have them stick to the dough, take the 1 egg yolk and mix it with a tablespoon of water. Brush the tops of each roll with the egg wash and then sprinkle on your sesame seeds. If you don’t have a basting brush you can actually just brush it on easily with a folded paper towel. The other great things is that you don’t have to be limited to sesame seeds. You can could do something like poppy seeds or a combo of poppy and sesame seeds. We just happened to only have sesame seeds in the cabinet that night.

Bread dough rolled out and tied into a loose knot. Egg wash applied and sesame seeds sprinkled on top.

From here on out, your roll in the bread baking is incredibly easy! Cover the bread very loosely with plastic wrap and then put it in your oven that was preheated to 200 degrees for approximately 20 minutes. This provides a perfect environment for the rolls to rise. They start off small and get surprisingly bigger!

The rolls just about doubled in size after rising in a 200 degree oven for approximately 20 minutes.

Take the plastic wrap off the rolls and increase the heat to 400 degrees. You can then put the rolls back in the oven and let them cook for 15-20 minutes. You’re waiting for them to turn a golden brown on top.

Dinner rolls complete!

You’ve now just made the easiest sesame seed dinner rolls, EVER! I was so excited about this recipe in every aspect. Easy, quick, stress-free, and most importantly DELICIOUS! They go great with any meal. We ended up using them for most of soup and pasta meals throughout the week. The other thing I recommend is to store them in an airtight container and after a day we actually put them in the freezer to keep them from going stale. Each night I wanted to use them for a dinner, I just took them out when I started making the dinner and then warmed them up in the toaster oven a few minutes before I was ready to plate and serve dinner. So the next time you need to impress yourself, family or friends with your bread baking skills try these little rolls out! You’ll be a success for sure! It’s also a fantastic recipe to start out with if bread baking is a whole new world to you. It’s definitely something anyone can put together and not feel defeated! For now, that’s easy sesame seed dinner rolls…in the shell of a nut!

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