Soft White Dinner Rolls

Last Saturday, I had friends over and created a middle eastern themed dinner with minced kofte kebabs and these delicious soft dinner rolls as mini burger buns. The recipe comes from Nigella Lawson and is incredibly easy to make. I replaced poppy seeds for nigella seeds as they are crunchier in texture, and the name is quite fitting don’t you think?

The soft dinner rolls are perfect for the upcoming barbecue season and summer parties. Make them as large or small as you like. The dough freezes well and can be replaced with wholewheat flour, or half and half for a healthier option.

Soft White Dinner Rolls

Prep Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Serving Size: 25-30 rolls

Soft White Dinner Rolls


  • 600g plain flour
  • 3 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 375ml whole milk
  • 25g butter
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • olive oil (for greasing the bowl and cling film)
  • 1 beaten egg (glazing)
  • nigella seeds (topping)


  1. Place 500g of the flour, sugar, yeast and salt in a large bowl. Mix well and make a well.
  2. Melt the milk and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. When the butter has melted, pour the liquid into the bowl with the flour. Combine well until you get a soft sticky dough, you may need to add more flour to get the right consistency.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes.
  4. Place the dough in a large lightly greased bowl. Cover with cling film that has been lightly greased with olive oil and leave in warm place for 1 hour, or until the dough has doubled in size.
  5. Preheat the oven to the highest setting.
  6. Take walnut sized pieces of the dough and shape into round balls. Place each one on a greased or lined baking sheet. Repeat until you have used up all the dough. Cover with lightly greased cling film and leave to prove in a warm place for 30 minutes.
  7. Brush the tops with the beaten egg and scatter the nigella seeds over the dough balls. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and serve immediately.

Additional comment on 8 May 2014: I recently amended the recipe slightly by adding a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil into the dough mixture before kneading for ten minutes. Everyone noticed the improved texture and flavour. The oil I used was Masia El Altet from Verita Vita, sent to me as a sample.

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  • Posted March 26, 2014

    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    These really would be perfect for a BBQ. Hopefully BBQ season is not in the too distant future.

  • Posted March 26, 2014


    These look delightful – nothing better than a fresh soft bread roll!

  • Posted March 26, 2014

    Ness (@baggiesbabe69)

    I really must try these, I normally use a bread maker if I’m doing bread as if I do it by hand they never turn out right, usually like bricks!

  • Posted March 26, 2014


    Oh your rolls are so gorgeous! the perfect size and color too!

  • Posted March 26, 2014

    Morgan @ Peaches, Please!

    They look super tasty. Soft white dinner rolls always feel like such a luxury.

  • Posted March 26, 2014


    oh my these look lovely. We make a lot of bread but not tried rolls. I am bookmarking this as your bread rolls looks wonderful!

  • Posted March 27, 2014

    Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    Ohhh. I wish i could have come along to your evening. These look so good.

  • Posted March 27, 2014

    Karen Burns Booth

    I adore nigella seeds and also love them when sprinkled on bread such as naan etc, so these dinner rolls are just perfect for me Tina!

  • Posted March 27, 2014


    These look so yuumy 🙂

  • Posted March 27, 2014


    They look scrumptious, and lovely spread thickly with butter!
    Janie x

  • Posted March 27, 2014

    Heidi Roberts

    They look yummy, I love dinner rolls

  • Posted March 27, 2014


    Milk is really good for making soft dough. Your rolls looks so good and yes, using nigella seeds was inspired 🙂

  • Posted March 28, 2014

    Fiona Maclean

    those look fab – even I would enjoy this kind of stuffed roll – I’m not a great bread person under normal circumstances

  • Posted March 29, 2014


    What a lovely rolls Tina! I’m yet to make my own rolls for breakfast 😉

  • Posted March 30, 2014

    Eat Your Veg

    They look perfect Tina, great wee touch with the Nigella Seeds too. I do need to experiment with more bread.

  • Posted March 30, 2014


    These look just lovely, they remind me of the ones they used to serve at a good restaurant I used to work at – I used to stuff my face with them every time a basket came back from the table unemptied!

  • Posted March 31, 2014

    anna @ annamayeveryday

    Those rolls look delicious, love homemade buns for burgers, your Middle Eastern dinner sounds great!

  • Posted April 12, 2014

    Nayna Kanabar

    These look delicious , there is nothing that beats the smell of warm bread coming out of the oven.

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