These super soft tear and share bread rolls make the perfect side dish for soups, chillis and pastas! These crusty beauties are perfect for dunking, and make a great sharing bread for family gatherings or weekend barbecues. Baked in just 20 minutes, these dinner rolls are sure to be a hit with everyone.

This recipe uses a mixer, but we’ve also included ‘manual’ by hand instructions too, so don’t panic if you don’t have one handy! Let’s jump right in.

Prep Time

Approx. 65 Minutes (includes rise time for bread!)

Bake Time

20 Minutes

Ingredients & Materials Needed

This recipe makes approximately 9 share and tear bread rolls. Adjust accordingly for smaller or larger portions.

– 500g of Flour

– 2 Teaspoons of Salt

– 2 Teaspoons of Sugar

– Handful of Fresh Yeast (we used a lump of fresh yeast, though readers have used approx. 2 packets of baker’s, dry yeast and seen amazing results)

– 300ml of water (room temperature)

– 3-4 Tablespoons of Olive Oil (this goes into the mixture)

– Small cup of milk (for brushing the tops of the rolls before baking)

– Brush

– Mixer or Mixing Bowl

– Cake or Circular Baking Tin

– Oil for Greasing Tin

– Clingfilm or Tea Towel (to cover bowl when dough is rising)


– Pumpkin Seeds, Poppy Seeds, Sesame Seeds (OPTIONAL)

Quick Note Before You Start Baking

To achieve the best rise (and fluffiest bread!), you’ll want to try and use the freshest of ingredients. For this reason, we’ve used fresh yeast, but we know fresh yeast is hard to get hold of sometimes, so baker’s dry yeast will work just as well. Just make sure to let it ‘activate’ first with water (instructions included below).

How to Make The 20 Minute ‘Share & Tear’ Rolls

1. Tip flour into a mixer. Don’t have a mixer? Don’t worry, you can still make these delicious bread rolls by hand. See step 2.

2. If you have a mixer, combine the flour, fresh yeast, salt, sugar, olive oil and 300ml of lukewarm water into the mixing bowl. Go to Step 3.

If you don’t have a mixer, add the yeast and 100ml (not 300ml) of room temperature water together into a bowl and leave somewhere warm for roughly 10 minutes to allow it to activate (you don’t need to follow this step if you have a mixer). Whilst you’re waiting, combine the flour, salt, sugar, olive oil, and 200ml of water into a mixing bowl. Once the 10 minutes have passed, add the yeast and water mixture to the mixing bowl with the other ingredients. See next ‘no mixer’ instruction in step 3.

3. Mixer? Turn on the mixer and mix for approx. 1-3 minutes or until the dough is tacky (shouldn’t be dry or overworked).

No mixer? Sprinkle some flour onto a flat surface and knead until you achieve the same result (if you haven’t done an arm workout in a while, this is it!)

4. (Everyone) Shape the dough mixture into a ball and pop into a bowl to rise. Cover with clingfilm or tea towel and let it rise for 40 minutes.

5. (Everyone) After the dough has risen, sprinkle some flour onto a flat surface, knead for a few minutes and mould the dough into circular bread roll shapes.

We measured our rolls (3 ounces a roll) using a digital weighing scale to make them even (which is perfect for a tear and share bread like this one!). This recipe makes approx. 9 bread rolls.

6. (Everyone) Lightly grease your baking tin. Pop each roll into the cake tin (circular in shape) so they’re not touching each other (as they will double in size!).

7. (Everyone) Lightly brush the rolls with some milk for that golden brown look. We added sesame seeds, poppy seeds and a pumpkin & nut mix to the top of the rolls for an extra tasty crunch! You can leave them plain if you wish.

8. (Everyone) Leave your bread rolls to rise again for around 20 minutes. You don’t need to cover them this time, and you can leave them in the baking tin.

9. (Everyone) Preheat the oven for 3 minutes to 190 C (375 F). Bake the rolls for 20 minutes. Once baked, you can leave them on a wire rack to cool.

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And there you have it! A simple and easy to make share and tear bread dinner roll recipe! If you liked this post, be sure to share it! We would be SO happy. Thank you!