For a delicious, versatile bread recipe that takes little effort to make, nothing beats no-knead artisan rolls. With a crunchy crust and a soft, dense inside, these wonderful rolls are great for everything from burgers to bruschetta. Artisan bread doesn't have a specific definition, but it can be differentiated from store-bought bread by the fact it only has a few ingredients: water, flour, yeast, and salt, and is totally free of additives. It also takes longer to make, but it has a much better flavor and texture. The best part about these easy-to-make rolls is that you can customize them any way you want. Toss in some nuts or chopped olives, or make them a little on the sweeter side with some dried fruit. You'll never buy store-bought rolls again!
Absolutely! Homemade bread is always a healthier option than anything you'll get in a supermarket. Because you're making the bread yourself, you can control what goes into it. No-knead artisan rolls are free from sugar and additives, so you know you're getting the best. You can substitute white flour for whole wheat to make them even healthier.
There are so many great-tasting ways to enjoy no-knead artisan rolls. They make amazing sandwich bread and tasty burger buns, but these delicious rolls are also fantastic for avocado toast, crostini, bruschettas or eaten slightly warm with a pat of butter. If you somehow manage not to finish them right away, you can chop up old rolls and make croutons for salads.
– Aim for between 105 and 115°F for the water. If it's too hot, it will kill the yeast, and if it's too cold, the yeast won't activate.
– Don't overmix the dough otherwise, you'll wind up with dense, hard rolls.
– Jazz these rolls up by adding fresh herbs, chopped olives, sun-dried tomatoes, raisins, nuts, or cheese to the dough. Just mix any additional ingredients in at the same as the others.
Fresh bread keeps best when stored at room temperature for 2 to 3 days. Keep them wrapped or inside an airtight container. For long-term storage, pop your no-knead artisan rolls into a freezer-safe bag and freeze them for up to 3 months.
Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl until just combined. Cover and allow the dough to rise for 8 to 24 hours.
Once the dough has risen, preheat your oven to 450°F.
Preheat your Dutch oven in the oven for at least 30 minutes.
Lightly flour a work surface. Turn out the dough and cut it into 6 pieces. Shape the pieces into balls. Cover with a damp towel and let them rest.
Remove the Dutch oven and place the dough balls inside it. Replace the lid of the Dutch oven and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the cover and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let the rolls cool on a wire rack before serving.
Don't be tempted to cut the rolls before they've cooled. The bread continues to cook once it's out of the oven.