Homemade Hoagie Rolls

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Homemade Hoagie Rolls are delicious, soft-baked rolls made out of the best French bread dough. This simple, 5-ingredient recipe makes the BEST sandwiches, and can be stored in the freezer for several months.

Side shot of homemade hoagie rolls pilled up on a wooden board.

There really is nothing better than homemade bread. I’ve been making my mom’s Chewy French Bread for years now, and this recipe is her bread simply made into hoagie rolls. I decided to share this version with you today, because sandwich rolls are life when you have a bread-loving family like I do.

These hoagie rolls were used in my Pressed Cuban Sandwiches (highly recommend!) after eating them out at a local restaurant and then coming home to make a copy-cat version. You could also use them for any deli sandwich, my Beef Au Jus Sandwiches, my Roasted Vegetable Pesto Panini, and this list goes on and on.

My hand holding a hoagie rolls, with others in the background.

Ingredients needed for Homemade Hoagie Rolls:

  • Yeast – I use Red Star Active Dry Yeast. (This is a very large amount. I keep a bunch in the freezer, and it lasts a long time.) We have perfect bread-making weather here in Texas, and my bread always rises pretty quickly. You may need a Quick Rise Yeast, depending on where you live.
  • Sugar – Just a little bit of sugar is needed to help activate the yeast.
  • Water – It’s very important to use warm water. I test it with my finger, and make sure it’s not too hot, and not cold either.
  • Salt – I like kosher salt, but you can use regular salt as well.
  • Flour – For best results, use all-purpose flour.
Collage of the bread dough.
Hoagie rolls formed on a baking sheet, ready to bake.

How to make Homemade Hoagie Rolls:

Note: You can definitely make this recipe by hand instead of using a mixer. It will take a little bit more time and some arm strength, but you can do it.

  1. Activate the yeast. Using a large standing mixer, combine the yeast, sugar, salt, and warm water. Take a spatula, and stir it around a couple of times. Then let it sit for about 15 minutes so that the yeast activates. You should see a bubbly mixture when it’s ready. See below.
  2. Add flour to desired consistency. Start by adding about four cups of flour to the mixer. Let the mixer run, and occasionally scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Gradually add more flour until you get a nice dough consistency. It should be slightly sticky, but easy to handle.
  3. Let the dough rise. Grease a large bowl with canola or olive oil. Remove the dough from the mixer, and form it into a ball. Then place it in the bowl, and cover it with a clean dishtowel. Place the bowl in a quiet corner of your kitchen and let rise until approximately doubled in size. The rise may be different each time, and will vary depending on where you live.
  4. Punch the dough down. When the dough doubles, rub a little oil on your hands, and punch bread, starting in the middle, and gently punch sides into the middle of the bowl. This should only take a couple of minutes. No need to over-handle the dough. Lift dough up with your hands, and pour a little more oil into the bowl and spread up the sides. Place the dough back in the bowl, cover with towel, and let rise again.
  5. Form hoagie rolls. Once the bread rises twice, it’s time to form the dough into desired shapes. Prepare jelly roll pans with baking spray. (See below for my favorite pans.)Add a little oil to a pastry mat or a large flat surface (a cutting board works too), and form sections of dough into oblong shapes for rolls. Place on pans.
  6. Let rise again. Cover rolls with clean dish towels, and let it rise again, until almost doubled in size.
  7. Prepare for baking. Use a sharp serrated edge knife to cut diagonal slits in the tops of the rolls. Beat one large egg with a bit of water, and using a pastry brush, spread a thin layer over the tops of bread/rolls. Add a sprinkle of kosher salt.
  8. Bake. Bake hoagie rolls in a preheated 400 degree oven, until done, approximately 25 minutes. The bottoms should be slightly browned, and the tops a nice golden brown. Remove rolls to a cooling rack.

Storing Tip: These rolls are best fresh the first day! It can be stored in airtight bags on counter for 2-3 days.

Freezing Tip: You can freeze these hoagie rolls in freezer bags for up to three months.

Homemade hoagies on a wire cooling rack.

Active Dry Yeast vs Instant Yeast:

As a rule, I only use Active Dry Yeast in my bread baking. You can use Instant Yeast as well, but will need just a little bit less. Instant Yeast also requires less time to rise, but since I live in a fairly warm, humid climate (Texas), I’ve never had a problem with my bread rise.

  1. Active Dry Yeast – A type of dry yeast that’s granular, similar to cornmeal. This yeast is a living organism that’s dormant until proofed, requiring a small amount of lukewarm water and a pinch of sugar to activate. 
  2. Instant Yeast – Also known as quick-rise, rapid-rise, or even bread machine yeast. This yeast is milled into smaller particles so it doesn’t need to be dissolved into water. The dough rises faster with this yeast because enzymes and other additives are included to make this happen. You don’t ever need to do more than one rise with this yeast.
Pressed Cuban sandwiches on a wooden board.

Kitchen Tools used for this recipe: (Affiliate Links)

  • This Bosch Universal Mixer is the bomb of bread mixers! My Mom had one sitting on her counter for as long as I can remember. She used it so often that she literally wore the first one out and bought a second one after she and Dad moved into an apartment. Mike bought me one for Mother’s Day several years ago and I love it. It doesn’t do the work FOR you, but it can handle a lot of bread making (speaking from experience!) and the lid prevents the dough from falling out of the mixer when making large batches of bread. However, a KitchenAid mixer with a dough hook works great too, OR make it by hand.
  • 16-3/4 by 12-Inch Jelly-Roll Pan, Set of 2
  • Parchment Paper Sheets for High Heat Baking

Please let know if you try this recipe. Be sure to comment and leave a review on the blog so I can see what you think. You can also like my Facebook Page, follow me on Pinterest, and catch me on Instagram.

xoxo ~Sue

Side shot of homemade hoagie rolls pilled up on a wooden board.

Homemade Hoagie Rolls

Sue Ringsdorf
Homemade Hoagie Rolls are delicious, soft-baked rolls made out of the best French bread dough. This simple, 5-ingredient recipe makes the BEST sandwiches, and can be stored in the freezer for several months.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Proofing Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 25 mins
Course Sandwich, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 hoagies
Calories 292 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Tablespoon yeast – I use Red Star
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 cups warm water – not hot, not cold
  • 5-6 cups all-purpose flour – or until right consistency

Instructions
 

  • Using a large standing mixer, combine the yeast, sugar, salt, and warm water. Take a spatula, and stir it around a couple of times. Then let it sit for about 15 minutes so that the yeast activates. You should see a bubbly mixture when it’s ready.
  • Add flour to desired consistency. Start by adding about four cups of flour to the mixer. Let the mixer run, and occasionally scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Gradually add more flour until you get a nice dough consistency. It should be slightly sticky, but easy to handle.
  • Grease a large bowl with canola or olive oil. Remove the dough from the mixer, and form it into a ball. Then place it in the bowl, and cover it with a clean dishtowel. Place the bowl in a quiet corner of your kitchen and let rise until approximately doubled in size.
  • When the dough doubles, rub a little oil on your hands, and punch bread, starting in the middle, and gently punch sides into the middle of the bowl. Lift dough up with your hands, and pour a little more oil into the bowl and spread up the sides. Place the dough back in the bowl, cover with towel, and let rise again.
  • Once the bread rises twice, it’s time to form the dough into desired shapes. Prepare jelly roll pans with baking spray. Add a little oil to a pastry mat or a large flat surface (a cutting board works too), and form sections of dough into oblong shapes for rolls. Place on pans.
  • Cover rolls with clean dish towels, and let it rise again, until almost doubled in size.
  • Use a sharp serrated edge knife to cut diagonal slits in the tops of the rolls. Beat one large egg with a bit of water, and using a pastry brush, spread a thin layer over the tops of bread/rolls. Add a sprinkle of kosher salt.
  • Bake hoagie rolls in a preheated 400 degree oven, until done, approximately 25 minutes. The bottoms should be slightly browned, and the tops a nice golden brown. Remove rolls to a cooling rack.

Notes

As a rule, I only use Active Dry Yeast in my bread baking. You can use Instant Yeast as well, but will need just a little bit less. Instant Yeast also requires less time to rise, but since I live in a fairly warm, humid climate (Texas), I’ve never had a problem with my bread rise
Storing Tip: These rolls are best fresh the first day! It can be stored in airtight bags on counter for 2-3 days.
Freezing Tip: You can freeze these hoagie rolls in freezer bags for up to three months.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 292kcalCarbohydrates: 61gProtein: 8gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 583mgPotassium: 88mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gCalcium: 12mgIron: 4mg
Keyword chewy french bread, homemade hoagie rolls
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3 Comments

  1. Christine Sproles says:

    So easy to make! I’m about to pop them in the oven and enjoy them with some brisket.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Oh great! We love them too. 🙂

  2. Mike Ringsdorf says:

    Such a perfect sandwich roll!

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