Easy and with no need to knead, these overnight Focaccia Rolls are made with simple ingredients and no effort!
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🥐Why bake these rolls
Focaccia rolls are easy to make. They don’t need kneading - cold fermentation does all the work! So you don’t need to be perfect at making bread: these buns come out great for beginners!
You can choose the topping. From italian seasoning to everything bagel, brush these rolls with olive oil and use your favorite topping before baking.
They taste like bakery bread! Thanks to cold fermentation, these rolls taste like the one you get at a bakery.
It’s a soft option that goes great with sandwiches and burgers - just like my cheddar cheese buns!
All-purpose flour. Use all-purpose flour for this recipe - no need to get bread flour.
Instant yeast. You can use instant dry yeast or active dry yeast. If using active dry, don’t forget to activate it before starting using some of the amount of water asked for this recipe.
Olive oil. If you’re looking for a variation of flavor, try using a flavored olive oil both for the dough and brushing the rolls.
See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and substitutions.
🥄How to make focaccia rolls
This is an easy recipe, but it takes 12 to 16 hours to get ready. But don’t worry: the long wait is because of the cold fermentation. You’ll use less than 30 minutes to get these rolls done.
Step 01. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until there’s no dry spots left and dough is roughly formed. Dough will be sticky.
Step 02. Cover and let it cold ferment for 12 to 18 hours in the refrigerator.
Step 03. On a floured surface, divide the dough into 8 (for regular sized buns) or 12 (for mini buns) equal pieces.
Step 04. Form a ball with each piece. Fold the dough over itself 8 to 10 times, rotating about ¼ each time.
Step 05. Pinch all sides together to seal shaped roll.
Step 06. Place each roll in a lined and floured baking sheet, pinched side down. Cover loosely and let them rise for 30 to 40 minutes.
Step 08. Just before baking, brush each roll with olive oil, topping with italian seasoning or the seasoning of choice.
Step 09. Bake in a preheated oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit, middle shelf, for 15 to 20 minutes.
Store them in a bread box, bag, or a clean airtight container. Rolls keep for up to 5 days.
- Flour your hands when shaping the rolls if the dough is too sticky.
- Don’t forget to flour the surface you’ll be working on!
- Be careful not to overbake these rolls, or they will get too tough at the bottom.
- Resist the urge to add more flour to the dough than what’s asked (it will be really sticky before the cold fermentation, but it gets better), and if using cups to measure the ingredients, do not scoop flour directly from the bag: use a spoon to fill the cup with it.
- Fully preheat the oven before baking these rolls! Oven needs to be hot for proper baking/rising.
- You can omit the seasoning and just brush the rolls with olive oil.
🙋🏻♀️Questions you might have
I love making sandwiches and even burgers with these rolls! They’re delicious with cheese and pulled pork. They’re also fantastic for snacking, or having along with a side dish like eggplant caponata.
I have cold fermented these rolls with success for 12 and up to 36 hours. Less than that and you’ll get less flavor, more and you risk over proofing the dough - that will give you tough and flat rolls.
Yes, these rolls can be frozen after baking. Make sure they’re completely cooled before freezing, then freeze them using a freezer-safe bag. They’re good for about 3 months.
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- Parchment paper
- Baking sheet
- 420 g all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoon instant dry yeast
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 340 ml water see *note if using cups
- italian seasoning optional
- In a large bowl, combine flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Stir until well mixed.
- Add water and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Mix until there’s no dry spots left and dough is roughly formed. Dough will be less sticky after cold fermentation.
- Cover and let it cold ferment for 12 to 18 hours in the refrigerator.
- After cold fermentation, on a floured surface, portion the dough into 8 (for regular sized buns) or 12 (for mini buns) equal pieces.
- Form a ball with each piece by folding the dough over itself 8 to 10 times, rotating ¼ each time, until the bun feels tight. Pinch all sides together to seal shaped roll.
- Place each roll in a lined and floured baking sheet, pinched side down. Cover loosely and let them rise for 30 to 40 minutes.
- Just before baking, brush each roll with the remaining olive oil (1 tablespoon), topping with italian seasoning or the seasoning of choice.
- Bake in a preheated oven, 425 °F middle shelf, for 15 to 20 minutes. They will be ready when lightly golden on top.
- Wait 10 minutes before serving the rolls.