Rapid Rise Skillet Yeast Rolls will have homemade dinner rolls on your table in under 1 hour with absolutely not stand mixer required!
My recipe for The Best Homemade Dinner Rolls Ever has been made in millions of homes across the globe. They take three hours to make from start to finish and they are absolutely heavenly! But I also understand that sometimes you need rolls FAST. So now I’m giving you a quick yeast roll that is heavenly in its own right and a perfect recipe to keep your sleeve for those nights when you want to serve up hot, homemade rolls quickly.
What is the best yeast to use?
The best yeast to use for roll making is Instant Dry Yeast. This can also be labeled as rapid rise yeast, quick yeast, or instant yeast. Instant yeast works much more quickly and doesn’t require any proofing which makes it ideal for easy bread making.
What is Instant Dry Yeast?
Instant Dry Yeast is very similar to Active Dry Yeast and they can be used interchangeably in the same amounts in recipes. The difference is that Instant Dry Yeast has a smaller granule and doesn’t need to be dissolved in water in order to use in a recipe. It DOES NOT need to proof, meaning it doesn’t have to sit in a warm liquid with sugar in order for it to start growing. It will begin to work in the recipe instantly, cutting down rising time.
Pro Tip: This recipe uses a large amount of yeast to cut rising time as much as possible. If your house is on the colder end, you may want to create a warmer environment for it to proof, or rise. A warm, humid environment between 80 and 90 degrees is ideal for proofing bread. If your house is below 70 to 75 degrees, your rolls will not rise as quickly.
How to Proof Bread
For a smaller recipe, like this one, you can proof your bread quickly by placing it into a microwave oven alongside a cup of steaming hot water. Keep the door closed and allow the bread dough to rise.
For a larger recipe, or for people with smaller microwaves, you can proof your bread in an oven. Heat your oven to 150 degrees. Turn the oven off and place your dough in the oven and immediately close the door. The initial blast of heat will cause your rolls to rise quickly and the oven will continue to stay in a warmer temperature zone, even as it cools, that is ideal for rapid rising.
This recipe DOES NOT require you to proof your bread, but it may come in handy during winter months and cooler weather where your house may not be ideal enough for a rapid rise. The rising time, however, may increase beyond 20 minutes if your house runs on the cooler side.
Watch the video below where I walk you through every step of this recipe.
Rapid Rise Skillet Yeast Rolls
- 1 tablespoon instant dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup melted salted butter
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- 2½ to 3 cups all-purpose flour
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine yeast, water, and honey. Stir in melted butter, salt, and eggs until combined.
- Slowly add in the flour, 1 cup at a time, until dough forms into a ball and easily pulls away from the sides of the mixing bowl.
- Divide into 12 even pieces and shape into balls. Place into a 12-inch cast iron skillet. Cover and let rise 20 minutes, or until double in size.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Brush with another tablespoon of melted butter if desired.