French Style Rolls

These delicious french style rolls are light and airy with a crispy french style crust. Perfect for Thanksgiving or leftover sandwiches afterward!

french style rolls

One of the best things about Thanksgiving would have to be the rolls. They are an essential staple at Thanksgiving dinner. These french style rolls have an airy, crunchy exterior with a soft and light interior.

The recipe comes from Sally of Bewitching Kitchen. I’m surprising her this month as part of the Secret Recipe Club. Sally is an amazing baker and makes some incredible bread recipes which she says are her specialty. I would have to agree!

What are your plans for Thanksgiving this year? We are spending Thanksgiving with our family here. It will be a small intimate gathering with just the kids and us. Although we wish we could be spending our weekend with family far away, it will be nice to have our immediate family together for a fun weekend. We have a surprise planned for the kids, so sssh, don’t tell!

french style rolls

Hopefully your plans take you to family and friends. We are grateful to be surrounded by friends in this area and look forward to spending time with them.

One of our favorite traditions would have to be after Thanksgiving when you make up sandwiches with the leftover turkey. I plan on making these sandwiches and putting some lettuce, provolone cheese, turkey and a spoonful of our slow cooker cranberry sauce. 

Make these delicious french style rolls up this weekend and they will stay good until the big day.

French Style Rolls

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 loaves, 12 rolls, or 1 loaf and 6 rolls

French style rolls are a must have addition to any meal. These rolls are crispy on the outside and soft and airy on the inside--perfection in every bite!


  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 .25oz ( 2 1/4 tsp) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 tsp salt


  1. Add the water and yeast into the bowl of your food processor. Allow it to sit for several minutes to proof.
  2. Add the flour and salt to the food processor bowl and pulse mix several times to combine the mixture.
  3. Turn the motor to on, and slowly add the cold water to the mixture. The mixture will begin to form a ball in the processor. Once the ball has formed, stop the processor and check the dough. Add more water or flour if necessary, then turn on processor for additional thirty seconds to mix.
  4. Remove the dough from the processor and turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough several times by hand. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, then allow dough to rise until doubled in size (plan on 1-3 hours).
  5. After dough has risen, punch dough down and divide into two loaves or twelve rolls.
  6. To Make French Bread: Lightly sprinkle a baking sheet with some cornmeal. Roll dough into two 16-24 inch long loaves, then place on the baking sheet and allow to rise for 45 minutes or until almost doubled in size.
  7. To Make Rolls: Divide dough evenly into twelve pieces. Roll into a ball, then place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Allow rolls to rise for 45 minutes or until almost doubled in size.
  8. Right before baking, make a deep criss cross cut on top of the rolls using scissors; make several large slashes on the loaves with a very sharp knife. Bake the breads at 450 degrees for twenty minutes if making rolls. Bake the loaves for 35-40 minutes.
  9. Hint: The original recipes calls for baking the breads covered by a roasting pan for 3/4 of the baking time, then removing the cover for the remaining time to get a nice dark golden crust.

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  1. Oh, how sweet! I love these rolls and they ARE perfect for Thanksgiving indeed!

    Nice to wake up this morning to and see your post!

    Happy Reveal Day!

  2. I’m all for the leftovers after a celebration, especially sandwiches! These rolls look perfect for the job! I bet they freezer well too.

  3. You are so right, in family the Thanksgiving meal isn’t complete without rolls:) These are perfect! Great src pick~ Have a Happy Thanksgiving~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  4. Those look phenomenal!! Fantastic SRC choice!!

  5. These buns are so cute! And perfect for Thanksgiving! (Apple butter anyone?!)

  6. These buns WOULD be perfect for Thanksgiving!

  7. Yum! Definitely perfect for Thanksgiving.

  8. I love that you chose such a beautiful recipe for SRC this month! Your rolls look wonderful!

  9. These rolls are adorable! They would be a perfect side for a holiday meal! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  10. These look great and definitely perfect for Thanksgiving. Happy SRC reveal day.

  11. Such sweet looking rolls! No doubt they went over very well at Thanksgiving 🙂 Great pick for this month

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