Homemade Sandwich Bread Rolls Recipe

There’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked bread wafting through your kitchen. Homemade sandwich bread rolls are a delightful addition to any meal, perfect for creating hearty sandwiches, serving alongside soups, or enjoying with a pat of butter. This recipe will guide you through making soft, fluffy, and delicious sandwich rolls that are sure to impress your family and friends.


For the Dough:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk (110°F/45°C)
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110°F/45°C)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For Brushing:

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter (optional, for brushing the tops)

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Activate the Yeast:
    • In a small bowl, combine the warm water, warm milk, and sugar. Stir to dissolve the sugar.
    • Sprinkle the yeast over the mixture and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes until it becomes frothy.
  2. Prepare the Dough:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt.
    • Make a well in the center and add the melted butter, egg, and the frothy yeast mixture.
    • Mix until the dough starts to come together. You can use a stand mixer with a dough hook or mix by hand.
  3. Knead the Dough:
    • Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface or in the stand mixer for about 8-10 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
    • If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour, a tablespoon at a time. If it’s too dry, add a little warm water, a teaspoon at a time.
  4. First Rise:
    • Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover it with a damp cloth or plastic wrap, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1-2 hours, or until it has doubled in size.
  5. Shape the Rolls:
    • Punch down the risen dough to release the air.
    • Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces (or more if you prefer smaller rolls).
    • Shape each piece into a ball by pulling the edges and tucking them under to form a smooth top.
    • Place the rolls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, spaced about 2 inches apart.
  6. Second Rise:
    • Cover the rolls with a damp cloth or plastic wrap and let them rise again for about 30-45 minutes, or until they have doubled in size.
  7. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  8. Bake the Rolls:
    • If desired, brush the tops of the rolls with melted butter for a golden, shiny finish.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes, or until the rolls are golden brown and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.
  9. Cool and Serve:
    • Remove the rolls from the oven and let them cool on a wire rack.
    • Serve the rolls warm or at room temperature with your favorite sandwich fillings.


  • Proofing Yeast: Ensure your yeast is fresh and active. If the yeast doesn’t become frothy in step 1, it may be inactive, and you’ll need to start with a new packet.
  • Temperature Control: The liquid temperature is crucial. Too hot can kill the yeast, and too cold can slow down the activation process. Aim for the temperature to be around 110°F/45°C.
  • Storage: Store any leftover rolls in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or freeze them for longer storage.

Baking your own sandwich bread rolls is a rewarding experience that yields delicious results. These homemade rolls are soft, fluffy, and perfect for any sandwich creation you can imagine. Whether you’re making a classic ham and cheese, a veggie delight, or simply enjoying them with butter, these rolls are sure to become a favorite. Enjoy the process of baking these rolls and the wonderful aroma that fills your kitchen!

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