Rustic Dinner RollsAs I mentioned a couple of weeks ago during the New Year’s round up posts, I’ve gotten a lot more into bread baking the past year. One thing I had the opportunity to make yet was crusty breads. To achieve that crusty effect, most recipes require a “sponge”, which usually is made the night before you plan to bake the bread. Which, of course – I never seem to have my act together enough to plan ahead for that.

We were having soup for dinner last week, and I wanted some French-type rolls to go along with. But, it was cold and rainy – really wasn’t feeling going to the store. So, I turned to my cookbook for inspiration. Cook’s Illustrated had a recipe for dinner rolls that claimed the crunch of a crusty roll, without the time commitment. It was a few more steps than your standard yeast roll recipe, but I was pretty sure the finished product was going to be worth it.

The rolls were airy and chewy on the inside, with a nice thick crunchy crust. This will definitely be my go-to bread when I want something with a little more body than a traditional yeast dinner roll. The batch made enough for one dinner’s worth for us, as well as another meal’s worth that I stuck in the freezer for a rainy day.


  1. Posted January 16, 2013 at 3:33 PM | Permalink

    these rolls are simply gorgeous! i have been meaning to make some rolls for a weekend dinner for the past few weeks. and you’re inspiring me to have at it! I love cook’s illustrated. my trusted source for so many classic, no fail recipes.

  2. Posted January 16, 2013 at 4:40 PM | Permalink

    I love dinner rolls, I think I could inhale that entire basket!

  3. Posted January 17, 2013 at 8:34 PM | Permalink

    These look deliciously perfect. Definitely going on my to-make list!

  4. Posted January 18, 2013 at 4:01 PM | Permalink

    These look so perfect! I love crusty breads and rolls!

  5. Posted January 19, 2013 at 3:19 AM | Permalink

    These look delicious! Love thick crust

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