Homemade Brown and Serve Rolls

Marye Audet

Marye Audet

There is something about warm, fragrant bread or rolls straight from the oven. The house smells great, the food tastes great, and for an instant everyone is transported back to a mid 19th century television sit-com like Leave It to Beaver.

The thing is that not too many people are one income any more, and even those that are find little time to bake rolls every night for dinner. So, either you do without or you use something like the commercial brown and serve rolls which resemble homemade in looks if nothing else.

There is an answer. Did you know that you could make your own brown and serve rolls? They are simple, delicious, and you can make them out of any flour combination you like. Just make sure to have at least half wheat flour or they will not rise very well. You bake them until just done, but not brown, then let them cool. Pop the cooled rolls into a freezer container and you can make just as many as you need. They are always there for you.

I have been making these for years. They are quick, easy, and work! Make them on your day off and enjoy homemade bread in minutes a day. Needless to say, the ingredients used were organic.


36 rolls depending on size


2 and ¼ cup water (110F)
2 packages active dry yeast
1 teaspoon honey
½ cup powdered organic milk
½ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
1/3 cup agave or honey
1 tablespoon kosher salt
6 to 8 cups flour


  1. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and stir in the teaspoon of honey.
  2. Allow to stand about 10 minutes - bubbles will form.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients except the flour.
  4. Stir in two cups of flour.
  5. Continue to stir in flour until you have a soft dough that pulls away cleanly from the sides of the bowl.
  6. Try not to add too much flour because it will make the rolls tough.
  7. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and the dough feels like play-do, about ten minutes.
  8. Place in an oiled bowl and oil the top.
  9. Cover with a towel and let rise until double. This will take about one and a half hours.
  10. Punch dough down and cut it into 36 pieces.
  11. Shape into balls or desired roll shape and place on an oiled baking sheet or silpat.
  12. Allow to rise for about 40 minutes.
  13. Preheat oven to 375F and bake rolls just until done but not brown, about ten minutes.
  14. Let cool to room temperature and then place the whole sheet in the freezer to flash freeze.
  15. After two hours remove from the freezer and place in a freezer container.
  16. Preheat oven to 375 F
  17. Remove rolls from freezer and place on the baking sheet.
  18. Bake until golden brown, about five minutes. Serve immediately.

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