Soft, buttery, and flakey with a moist center, egg bread rolls are as good as it gets. This post shares how to make the tastiest rolls that can steal the spotlight from even the yummiest entrees.
There’s nothing like the smell of freshly baked bread straight from the oven.
Indeed, egg bread rolls turn the house into an old-fashioned bakery and have everyone getting out of bed. Even on cold winter mornings!
Now, I don’t really consider myself a professional baker, so I love creating no-fail and straightforward baked recipes.
And since I’m a HUGE fan of bread, I decided to try making these egg bread rolls to accompany some of our savory dinners. Trust me; you’re gonna wanna try them with this Hearty Beef Stew or this Healthy Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup made with protein filled ham.
If you’re looking for a bread you can serve with pride, bread that the kids will love, and bread that’s sure to awaken the baking prowess in you…look no further! You don’t need a stand mixer for these, just arms ready for kneading. Grab a baking sheet or tray, and get ready to stir and knead your way to ah-mazing rolls!
What Are In These Egg Bread Rolls?
These buttery and soft egg bread rolls use only seven simple ingredients.
Here’s all you need:
- Egg: Rich in protein, eggs are also a fantastic source of vitamin D, choline, and betaine. They support good cholesterol, eye health, and weight loss. They also help the dough rise and give it a lighter texture.
- Butter: Without this, you won’t get that moist deliciousness in the middle and the flakey crust. Butter will also give your bread that nice, caramelized glow. Use grass-fed butter for the healthiest option.
- Flour: This gives your bread structure. You’ll see in my recipe that it takes 2 cups of flour and that I don’t use white bread flour. For a list of healthy flours I use, check out this post!
- Salt: Bringing out the buttery flavor of these egg rolls, salt contributes to the texture, too.
- Yeast: A yeast mixture helps your dough rise, stretch, and expand. Yeast also provides the distinct flavor we love in bread. Make sure you have active dry yeast; never chance it with yeast that is out of date.
- Milk: For more moisture and flavor in your dough, milk adds protein and color to your baked treats.
- Water: This will balance out the consistency of your rolls and help further ferment the yeast.
What Does An Egg Do In Rolls?
Eggs provide lift, texture, and consistency to bread dough. As a leavening agent, they are often crucial in helping bread dough rise (high and fluffy!). Because they also contain fat from the yolk, eggs help soften the texture of your dough. The added protein is always a bonus in my book, too.
Wanna know more about eggs? Check out 10 Benefits of Eggs and Why You Should Eat Them More Often!
What Is The Difference Between Egg Bread And White Bread?
Egg bread is yeasted bread dough enhanced with eggs. This mixture provides a golden yellow color and a distinct richness. Eggs are added directly to the flour (with fats like butter, milk, and oil) to make this decadent and fluffy bread.
The result? A nice pillowy bread with great flavor.
White bread, on the other hand, is made from refined flour. This type of all purpose flour goes through a milling process that removes the germ and bran. While this gives it a smoother texture, this process also eliminates the beneficial nutrients.
In fact, it’s practically devoid of any nutritional value. Bummer! Learn more about why I avoid refined flour in this post.
Is It Better To Make Bread With Milk Or Water?
You can bake good bread with or without milk and water. I have some recipes that don’t require either! It just depends on what type of bread you’re making.
However, if you want your rolls to have a moist center and a rich caramelized flavor, I suggest adding milk or water.
Here’s how they can help.
- Helps soften your bread
- Gives it that rich flavor
- Adds a browner and caramelized color
- Gives your dough an even rise
- Helps give your bread a longer shelf-life
- Makes your crumb finer and uniform in size
- Helps balance the consistency of your bread
- Acts as a solvent for the yeast and flour
While this specific recipe turns out better when you use milk and water, here are some recipes you can try that don’t require these ingredients:
Does Oil Or Butter Make Softer Bread?
Oil and butter can both make softer bread and dinner rolls. Really, in my experience, they’re on a level playing field. Here’s how they contribute to a moist, delicious middle.
How butter softens your bread:
- Due to its high-fat content, butter (my recipe calls for unsalted butter) helps you achieve that rich and moist crumb we want for bread rolls.
- Because it does contain water, it allows the dough to release steam in your oven (for a flakey and airy texture).
How oil softens your bread:
- Oil also contains fat which helps tenderize the gluten in your dough to make it moist and soft.
- With many fatty acids and lecithin, your dough becomes easier to handle (and enhances texture for softer results).
How Do You Store These Egg Bread Rolls?
To properly store, remove your yummy golden brown rolls from the baking tray, place them on a rack, and check they have cooled completely. Here’s how to maximize their shelf life…
- At room temp: wrap them tightly in plastic wrap (you can store them for 1 to 2 days).
- In the fridge: wrap them tightly in plastic wrap (you can store them for about a week).
- In the freezer: wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place them inside a freezer bag or airtight container. (you can store for 1 to 3 months).
More Tasty Bread Recipes
Once you’ve had fun kneading, baking, and eating these awesome egg bread rolls, you’re gonna want to make more delicious bread recipes! Mark my word! Here are some of my faves:
- How to Make Healthy Banana Nut Bread (Without Added Sugar!)
- Healthy Cranberry Orange Bread | Naturally Sweet!
- Easy Sweet Cornbread
- One Bowl Healthy Pumpkin Bread
- Apple Pumpkin Bread
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Soft, buttery, flakey with a moist center…These egg bread rolls are so good they can steal the spotlight from even the yummiest entrees.
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or milk of choice
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1 large egg
- 2 tbsp melted unsalted, organic grass-fed butter (can also use coconut oil, if desired)
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 3/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 1/4 tsp yeast
Start with egg at room temperature
Combined 1 ¾ cups of the flour with salt and yeast in a large bowl
Combine milk and water and heat to between 105-115F
Whisk in melted butter and egg into milk mixture.
Slowly pour milk into flour while mixing.
Add reserved flour as needed so dough is not too sticky, actually also needed a bit extra flour
Kneed 5 minutes, and form into ball.
Lightly grease a large bowl, put dough inside, lightly grease top of dough, cover with plastic wrap or damp cloth and rise in warm place until doubled, about 1-2 hours.
To proof, I heated oven to lowest setting and used oven thermometer. Place bowl with dough in when oven was 90F and shut the door.
Punch down dough, separate into 6 or 7 portions (form per existing instructions), rise again per existing instructions (mine took about 30 minutes).
Bread is done baking if it sounds hollow when tapped on bottom, or if it registers about 200F.