How to Make Rolls From Frozen Bread Dough

By Meg Jernigan

Frozen bread dough can be a timesaver for busy cooks or a lifesaver for cooks with novice baking skills. Look for the dough near the frozen bagels at your supermarket.

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Use frozen bread dough for rolls, pizza crust, calzones and breadsticks.

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The Basics

Thaw the frozen bread dough overnight in the fridge or by placing it on a greased plate and microwaving it for about 25 seconds. After 25 seconds, turn the dough over and microwave for an additional 25 seconds. Cut the thawed dough into 1-inch pieces and place on a greased baking sheet. Let rise until doubled in size. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the rolls are golden.

Variations

Spread herb butter or olive oil on the rolls before baking. For a pull-apart "loaf" of rolls, place the rolls so the sides are touching before baking. Make a caramel sauce with 1 cup of brown sugar, 4 tablespoons butter, ½ cup of butter, a pinch of salt and 1 tablespoon of vanilla. Pour over the rolls and sprinkle chopped nuts on top. Place 3 frozen rolls into each cup in a muffin tin for pull-apart cloverleaf rolls.