If you’re looking for a gluten free bread rolls recipe that’s pillowy soft and easy to make, this recipe is for you!
Finding an easy, no-fail gluten-free bread roll recipe can be a game-changer for a baker, that’s why I’m simplifying the search for you.
Whether it’s for yourself, a loved one, or a customer, a lot of people are looking for gluten-free baked goods, especially during the holidays and at Thanksgiving dinner. Even if you’ve never baked with gluten-free ingredients, this beginner-friendly recipe is easy to make and tastes just as delicious as traditional dinner rolls.
Gluten-Free Bread Roll Recipe and Ingredients
Most of the ingredients you need to make this recipe are simple pantry basics. You’ll need gluten-free baking flour with xanthan gum added, which you can usually find at your neighborhood grocery store. Here’s how the ingredients in this recipe work to create such a delicious pillowy soft bread.
Instant Yeast: You can find this in the baking aisle, either as instant or active dry yeast.
Warm Milk: You want it warm enough to activate the yeast but not too hot to kill it. A test drop should feel warm on your wrist. (Substitute any plant milk for a non-dairy version)
Honey: A touch of sweetness adds to the flavor and helps activate the yeast.
Baking Powder: Just a pinch of baking powder helps add to the softness of these rolls.
Salt: Don’t be tempted to cut back on the salt. It amplifies the flavor and strengthens the dough.
Eggs: The binding property of eggs helps keep gluten-free rolls from being too crumbly.
Butter: Butter adds a rich creamy taste and contributes to the tenderness of these gluten-free rolls. (Feel free to substitute olive oil or coconut oil for a non-dairy version)
Apple Cider Vinegar: The acid from apple cider vinegar helps activate the baking powder giving these rolls the lift they need.
Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour: Look for a blend that contains Xanthan gum. I like Trader Joe’s gluten-free flour blend, but Amazon has some good gf flours too.
Step-By-Step Instructions for Making Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls
Ready to make the best gluten-free dinner rolls? Let’s get started!
Get your supplies ready
Before diving in, have all your supplies and ingredients ready. Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment can provide the best results, but a simple electric mixer and a large mixing bowl work well too. Prepare the baking pan by spraying it with cooking spray and lining it with parchment paper.
Activating the yeast
- Warm Your Milk: First, you’ll want to warm up some milk. But be careful – you don’t want it too hot! The perfect temperature is just a bit warmer than your body, around 100°F to 110°F. If you don’t have a thermometer, you can test the milk by dipping your finger in. It should feel warm, but not hot. If it’s too hot, it can actually kill the yeast.
- Add Some Honey: Pour your warm milk into a bowl and stir in a spoonful of honey. Honey not only provides sweetness but also acts as “food” for the yeast, helping it wake up and get active.
- Sprinkle the Yeast: Open your packet of yeast and gently sprinkle it over the surface of the warm milk and honey mixture. Let it sit for a minute without stirring.
- Stir Gently: After a minute or so, gently stir the mixture until the yeast is dissolved in the milk.
- Wait and Watch: Now, give the yeast some time to wake up. Leave the bowl undisturbed for about 5 to 10 minutes. During this time, you’ll see some action! The mixture will start to get bubbly or frothy. That’s the yeast coming to life, producing carbon dioxide as it feasts on the honey.
- Check the Froth: If you see a frothy layer on the top after 10 minutes, congratulations! Your yeast is active and ready to be used in your recipe. If there’s no froth or bubbles, the yeast might be old or the milk might’ve been too hot or too cold. You’ll want to try again to ensure your baked goods rise perfectly.
Mixing gluten-free dough
- Measure and combine dry ingredients: In a large bowl, (or the bowl of a stand mixer) whisk together the GF all-purpose flour, salt, and baking powder. Ensure they’re well mixed and any lumps are broken up.
- Pour in the yeast mixture: Once the yeast is activated and frothy, pour it into the large bowl containing the dry ingredients.
- Add the butter, eggs, and vinegar: Pour the melted butter into the mixture. Then, add the eggs and apple cider vinegar. Mix everything together until you have a smooth, consistent dough.
Shaping the Dough
Since this is such a sticky dough, I like to use a large cookie scoop to portion each dough ball and place them into the prepared baking dish. Now make an egg wash by combining 1 egg yolk and 1 Tbsp. water. Brush the tops of the rolls and gently smooth the balls of dough.
Step 5: Proof and Bake
- Cover and Rest: Cover the dough balls lightly with a damp cloth or plastic wrap. Let them rest in a warm spot for about 30-45 minutes or until they’ve expanded in size.
- Preheat the Oven: Before your proofing time is up, preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
- Bake: Once the rolls have risen, place them in the preheated oven. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden brown on top.
This dough will be stickier than your average bread dough due to the absence of gluten. Don’t be tempted to add extra flour; though. The sticky consistency is what helps achieve the best results.
Enjoy your rolls fresh, but if you need to store them, an airtight container works best. These rolls will be good for 2-3 days but taste best when they are served warm from the oven.
Favorite Tools for Gluten-Free Baking
Here are some of my must-have supplies that help me make soft pillowy delicious bread with ease.
Electric Hand-Held Mixer: This versatile tool is a baker’s best friend. With multiple speed settings, it ensures my dough or batter is mixed to the perfect consistency every time.
Kitchen Thermometer: Knowing the exact temperature of your water or milk when activating yeast can make or break your bread’s rise.
Pyrex Mixing Bowl: Not only are these bowls durable and long-lasting, but they’re also microwave-safe.
Parchment Paper: For easy roll removal and cleanup. No more sticky situations or bread that’s stuck to the pan!
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Easy Gluten-Free Bread Rolls
- 1 cup Milk
- 2 Tbsp Honey
- 1 pkg Yeast 0.25oz
- 3 cups GF All Purpose Flour1 with Xanthan Gum added
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 2 Eggs
- 4 Tbsp Butter melted
- 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- Activate the Yeast:Warm the milk until it’s lukewarm (about 100°F to 110°F). Add the sugar to the milk and stir until dissolved. Sprinkle the yeast over the milk and sugar mixture. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes, or until it becomes frothy.
- Prepare the Dry Mix: In a large bowl, whisk together the GF all-purpose flour, salt, and baking powder. Ensure they’re well combined.
- Mixing the Dough:Pour the activated yeast mixture into the large bowl containing the dry ingredients. Mix gently until they’re combined. Add the melted butter, eggs, and apple cider vinegar. With a hand mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment: Mix for 3-4 minutes to develop the dough.
- Proofing the Dough:Shape the dough into small balls and place them in a baking dish lined with parchment paper or a well-oiled muffin pan. Brush the rolls with an egg wash mixture made by combining 1 egg with 1 tsp water and whisking well. Cover the dough balls with plastic wrap. Let them rest in a warm place for about 30-45 minutes or until they’ve expanded in size.
- Baking:Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Once the rolls have risen, bake them in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden brown.
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