Who doesn’t love homemade dinner rolls served fresh out of the oven? Everyone in my house loves them, including the toddler! Plus they are a perfect side for so many of our family’s standard main dishes. But usually I’m not even thinking about dinner early enough in the afternoon to start traditional yeast rolls. (Note: This post contains affiliate links.)
For the longest time I kept running across recipes online for 30 Minute Dinner Rolls accompanied by rave reviews of these easy, tasty rolls you can start at 5:00 p.m. and still have ready in time for dinner. My only problem was that every recipe calls for an egg, which happens to be my one food allergy.
I eventually figured I should at least try omitting the eggs and see what happened. With a little trial and error I came up with an eggless version of the traditional recipe that requires only minor modification and works great. So whether you need to avoid eggs for dietary reasons or just happen to be craving homemade rolls right after you run out of eggs, this recipe is for you!
They technically take a little over 30 minutes, probably more like 40. But most of that is just rising time when you can be working on the rest of dinner. Active prep time is more like 10-15 minutes at the most and well worth the warm goodness you get at the end!
Start with mixing warm water, yeast, sugar, and oil or melted butter in your mixer. Personally I prefer the flavor butter gives, but I’ve used 1/2 butter + 1/2 oil and just oil with great results. Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes. If you see the mixture foaming a little after a few minutes the yeast is working.
After 15 minutes add the flour and salt and knead. I like to use bread flour but you could substitute with all purpose if you don’t have bread flour.
Shape the dough into rolls and place them in a greased glass baking dish. If you have time (and patience!) let them sit for 10 minutes. This will allow them to rise a little more but if I’m pressed for time I skip this step and the end result is still delicious.
Bake for 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees.
Done! Serve them warm as an easy side for soup, spaghetti, chili, or anything else that goes well with bread (which in my book is pretty much everything!).
Eggless 30 Minute Dinner Rolls
1 1/8 C water (105 – 115 degrees)
1/3 C butter (melted) or oil
4 tsp yeast
¼ C sugar
3 ½ C bread flour
1/2 tsp salt
Mix the first four ingredients together and allow the mixture to sit for 15 minutes. Add in the flour and salt and knead. Shape dough into rolls and place in a greased glass pan. Allow them to rise for 10 minutes. Bake in preheated oven at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes.