Monday, November 2, 2015

No Knead, Vegan Soft & Fluffy Dinner Rolls

Everyone loves a nice, soft, tender dinner roll with a holiday meal. For many people, a dinner rollsays "Family Feast" like nothing else can.

But, Dinner rolls - to be soft and tender - are normally made with "Enriched Dough" which is usually high in added fats (like Butter or Lard) and animal products like Eggs and Milk or Cream. And, if you're Vegan - whether it's for health or ethical reasons - you probably don't want to eat dinner rolls like that.

And, making traditional Dinner Rolls can seem like an all-day project, what with the kneading and everything when the cook is already up to his or her elbows in OTHER holiday dishes!

So, you want a roll that is not a heart-attack-on-a-plate and is also VERY easy to make, but is still tender, moist, fluffy, mildly sweet & all round delicious?

This is your recipe!

The use of Tapioca Starch, Potato, and Sugar tenderizes & moisturizes the dough, and make a moist, tender, fluffy loaf without the use of oil or eggs.   

First, a day or two or three in advance, make the dough - all you have to do is measure, stir, & wait - then pop in the refrigerator till you need it : ) The dough CAN be made a week or more in advance, but you'll get your BEST baking results if you use it within a day or two of mixing.

Easy, No Knead, Vegan Dinner Rolls
Measure into a 6 quart container*, in this order
3 Cups Warm Water (baby bath water temperature. If in doubt, make it too cool rather than too warm)
5 1/4 Cups Unbleached, All Purpose Flour
1/4 Cup Tapioca Starch (you can substitute Cornstarch, if you like)
1 Cup Potato Flakes (yes, that's right, the stuff people use to make Instant Mashed Potatoes)
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 Tablespoon Yeast
1 Tablespoon Salt
Stir well with a spoon till no patches of dry Flour remain.

The dough should look like this right after you stir it.

Cover loosely with lid (don't fasten so securely that it cannot "breathe")
Leave it on the counter for 2 to 5 hours.
Now, put it in the fridge till you're ready to use it **

The dough should look like this after it has sat out on the counter for 2 to 5 hours.

Note - do not "Punch Down" this kind of dough.

Then, on baking day, simply shape your rolls, I shaped these as Challah Rolls, because they're pretty - but if you prefer a simple Ball shape, that will work, too! I pull off Plum sized pieces, form them into a rope, and tie a knot in the middle -then I tuck the ends under. Like This.

A Soft & Fluffy No Knead Vegan Dinner Roll

Place the rolls on an oiled baking tray (I use a Perforated, Non-stick Pizza Pan, like this one for baking) and allow them to rise for 30 to 90 minutes. Pop them in the oven & bake them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 minutes, or until golden brown.

These Rolls are made from the Same Dough as my No Knead Vegan Challah

When they come out of the oven, spread them with your favorite buttery spread, such as Earth Balance. This keeps the crust more tender, and adds a little dash of flavor.


If you like a very tender but oil-free crust with a slight salty taste, when they come out of the oven, have ready a Tapioca Wash:
Tapioca Wash for Soft Bread Crusts

First, make Tapioca Wash:
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon Tapioca Starch
1/2 teaspoon Salt Bring to a boil in microwave, stirring every 30 seconds
OR bring to a boil on stovetop, stirring constantly.

As SOON as the rolls come out of the oven, Brush them lightly with the wash, using a Pastry Brush.

* For my 6 Quart Container, I use a new plastic shoe box from the Dollar Store.
** This dough CAN be used the day it is made - but it is a tad easier to shape after it is refrigerated.

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  1. Hi Anna! I have never heard of 'tapioca wash' before. Thanks for introducing me to it! Your braided bread looks so pretty and festive too. I'm glad you've found something that will work for you with a vegan bread. I'm Irish, so bread is important!

    Happy baking!

    1. Thanks so much for dropping by! I loved your great story last week about dismantling the crib : )

  2. Fascinating! I am not vegan, but I do love "no knead" and "soft" and "fluffy"! Must try these soon. Stopping by from Good Tips Tuesday!

    1. Thanks! I find that my non-vegan friends & family love this bread, too. I've never had anyone realize it was vegan without me telling them : )

  3. I can't wait to try these.
    I am not good at mixing bread doughs but this one sounds easy.

    1. It is SUPER easy! You'll love it! Thanks so much for visiting : )

  4. LOVE the addition of the Potato Flakes! I use those and Rice Crumbs often for a thickener!

    1. Thanks so much - always appreciate your kind comments : )

  5. Your bread looks delicious! I can almost smell it baking :)

    1. Thanks so much! I really appreciate you hosting every week - you've got a lovely blog : )

  6. I need to make this! Thanks for sharing on the Healthy Living Link Party.

  7. That looks so delicious! Thank you for sharing this over at #healthylivinglinkparty. Pinned too! Hope to see you again next week!

  8. I'm going to have to try these for thanksgiving. Where do you buy tapioca starch?

    1. Thanks for visiting, Tina - Glad you like them! : )

      I buy Tapioca Starch at my local Asian market. It is very inexpensive there.

      If you don't have an Asian Market nearby, Bob's Red Mill - a major supplier to Health food stores and big grocery chains, has Tapioca Starch. Look for it in the gluten-free baking area or health food area of the grocery.

  9. What a great idea for no-knead rolls! So glad I saw it at the Plant Based Potluck Party Link Up #68. I might even use the recipe for Thanksgiving. Thanks Anna. Nancy A @

    1. Thanks so much for visiting - It's always lovely to see you here, Nancy : )

  10. I have to try this. Anything without eggs is a plus ! Thank you for sharing with us at #HomeMatterParty. We would love to have you again next week.

    1. Thanks so much! Delighted you could visit - hope you enjoy it : )

  11. hello there! me again..Just want to let you know that you are my feature post for the Healthy Living Link Party! Hope to see you again!

  12. Hi Anna,
    You have made my Thanksgiving menu planning so much easier! I am delighted that you shared this wonderful healthy and delicious No Knead, Vegan Soft & Fluffy Dinner Rolls recipe with us on the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I appreciate it. I'm pinning and sharing.

  13. Hi Anna,
    These are perfect for holiday parties.I am so delighted that you shared your healthy and delectable No Knead, Vegan Soft & Fluffy Dinner Rolls recipe with us on the Plant-based Potluck Party. I'm so glad you are partying with us. I appreciate it. I'm pinning and sharing.


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