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Homemade Sandwich Rolls

You definitely want to stock your freezer with these homemade sandwich rolls. They’re soft, tender and so perfect for almost any sandwich.

Finished homemade sandwich rolls in a napkin lined basket

I am so excited about these sandwich rolls! I took my Grandma’s recipe for dinner rolls and tweaked it a little bit to come up with these beauties. My Grandma’s original recipe is for smaller rolls that are slightly sweet.

I didn’t want these homemade sandwich rolls to be too sweet, so I cut down on the amount of sugar. Then, I increased the size of the rolls so that they are better suited for sandwiches.

ingredients needed to make the homemade sandwich rolls

The result is a soft and tender roll that is PERFECT for a sandwich!

I made burgers for Alex and me last night and served them on the rolls and they tasted ah-maaz-ing!

I split the rolls in half, drizzled each half with a little olive oil and toasted them up…I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

These rolls would also be perfect for deli sandwiches, pulled pork sandwiches, and the list could go on.

These rolls are so delicious that I even made them for Alex’s graduation party for pulled pork sandwiches.

I made them in batches over several days and kept them in the freezer until the party. They turned out to be a huge hit at the party.

If you’ve never made homemade bread before, do not fear. It’s really not that difficult. It’s made from very simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand.

It takes a relatively short amount of time to make the dough and then you just leave it alone and let it rise. After it’s done rising, you form it into the rolls, let it rise again and then bake. It’s perfect to make on a lazy Saturday afternoon.

Rolls fresh out of the oven

Since these rolls freeze so well, you can make up a batch and have them on hand in the freezer for whenever you need them. I hope you give them a try, I know you’ll love them!

Tips and Tricks

  • Make sure the water you use is lukewarm, which is about 105 to 115 degrees. Any warmer than that and it can kill the yeast.
  • After you form the dough rolls for the second rise, flatten them slightly with your hand. Since these are sandwich rolls you want them to have a good amount of surface for the sandwich ingredients. If you don’t flatten them, they’ll end up in more of a ball shape.
  • For a glossy finish when the rolls come out of the oven, brush on an egg wash before baking. This is just one egg whisked together with a tablespoon water.
  • To freeze the rolls, cool completely and put in a single layer in gallon size zip top bags. Seal the bag almost all the way and insert a straw into the remaining space. Suck as much air out of the bag as you can, remove straw and seal completely. This will prevent condensation in the bag.

Ingredients Needed to Make Homemade Sandwich Rolls

  • Warm water – Warm water helps the yeast to activate and the dough to rise. 
  • Granulated sugar, divided – Some of the sugar sweetens the rolls just a touch and the rest also helps the yeast to activate.
  • Yeast – This is the leavening agent that causes the dough to rise.
  • Vegetable oil – This helps to give the rolls a more soft and tender crumb.
  • Salt – Salt will enhance the flavor of the rolls.
  • Eggs – This will make the rolls lighter and fluffier.
  • Flour – All-purpose flour works great with this recipe.

How to Make Homemade Sandwich Rolls

  • Mix 1/2 cup water, 1 tsp sugar and yeast together in a glass measuring cup.
  • Set aside to rise.
  • Mix remaining water, sugar, oil, salt and eggs together.
  • Add 3 cups of flour and mix with a mixer until smooth.
  • Add yeast when it’s almost risen to the top of the cup (The yeast gets really bubbly and expands while it sits).
  • Add 1 more cup of flour still using mixer.
  • Add last 2 cups of flour and mix with a spoon or the dough hook of your mixer, do not over mix.
  • Spread 1/2 cup of flour on a board, placing dough on top of it.
  • Knead the dough until flour is worked in. If it’s still really sticky, add a little more flour at a time until it’s just slightly sticky – about 10 minutes.
  • Drizzle some oil in a bowl, then add the dough and coat with the oil.
  • Cover dough with a towel and let rise until it doubles (about 1 hour).
  • To help with the rise, use the Proof feature on your oven if you have it, or heat oven to 200 degrees and turn off, then put dough in.
  • Once dough has risen, take out of the oven and put dough onto a lightly floured board. Punch down, flatten and fold over forming a rectangle.
  • Form the dough into 18 rolls and put on cookie sheets lightly lined with parchment or sprayed with cooking spray.
  • I found the best way to divide the dough up to get uniformly sized rolls, was to divide it into 6 strips and then divide each piece into thirds.
  • Then form each piece into a ball and press down to flatten slightly.
  • Let rise again for about 1 hour.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 15- 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.
A ham sandwich on a homemade sandwich roll with lettuce and tomato
Yield: 18

Homemade Sandwich Rolls

Finished homemade sandwich rolls in a napkin lined basket

You will definitely want to stock your freezer with these homemade sandwich rolls. They’re soft, tender and so perfect for almost any sandwich.

Prep Time 3 hours 50 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups warm water, divided
  • 2 tbsp plus 1 tsp sugar, divided
  • 5 tsp yeast (2 packages)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs, divided
  • 6 cups flour, plus 1/2 cup

Instructions

  1. Mix 1/2 cup water, 1 tsp sugar and yeast together in a glass measuring cup.
  2. Set aside to rise.
  3. Mix remaining water, sugar, oil, salt and eggs together.
  4. Add 3 cups of flour and mix with a mixer until smooth.
  5. Add yeast when its almost risen to the top of the cup. ( the yeast gets really bubbly and expands while it sits)
  6. Add 1 more cup of flour still using mixer.
  7. Add last 2 cups of flour and mix with a spoon or the dough hook of your mixer, do not over mix.
  8. Spread 1/2 cup of flour on a board, placing dough on top of it.
  9. Knead the dough until flour is worked in. If it’s still really sticky, add a little more flour at a time until it’s just slightly sticky - about 10 minutes.
  10. Drizzle some oil in a bowl, then add the dough and coat with the oil.
  11. Cover dough with a towel and let rise until it doubles, (about 1 hour).
  12. To help with the rise, use the proof feature on your oven, if you have it, or heat oven to 200 degrees and turn off, then put dough in.
  13. Once dough has risen, turn out, back onto a lightly floured board and punch down, flatten and fold over forming a rectangle.
  14. Form the dough into 18 rolls and put on cookie sheets lightly lined with parchment or sprayed with cooking spray.
  15. I found the best way to divide the dough up to get uniformly sized rolls, was to divide it into 6 strips and then divide each piece into thirds.
  16. Then form each piece into a ball and press down to flatten slightly.
  17. Let rise again for about 1 hour.
  18. Whisk remaining egg with 1 tbsp water. Brush mixture on the tops of the rolls for a golden glossy finish.
  19. Bake at 350 degrees for 15- 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

18

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 79Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 268mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g

 ENJOY!

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Maryann

Saturday 30th of December 2023

These rolls are nice for sandwiches. I used a calorie calculator and for that much oil, egg, and flour, for 18 rolls, they are just over 170 cals each (79). Makes sense though because that's like two small slices of bread. Thanks for the recipe!

Lisa

Wednesday 17th of January 2024

@Maryann, So glad that you liked them!

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