Easy French Bread Sub Rolls

  • Author: Lisa @ This Pilgrim Life
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 10" sub rolls 1x


These easy sub rolls can be made from scratch in just one hour! They’re perfect for sandwiches like French dips, meatball subs, and more!



  • 44 1/2 C bread flour
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp yeast
  • 2 C warm water
  • 1 egg
  • sesame seeds


1.Turn the oven on to warm up and set a timer for three minutes. Turn the oven off when the timer goes off. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat.

2. Measure the yeast out into the bottom of a liquid measuring cup, pour the hot water in on yeast. Combine 3 cups of the flour and salt in a medium-sized mixing bowl, stir to mix.

3. Pour the yeast water into the flour and stir with a wooden spoon until the ingredients are combined. The dough should look shaggy at this point. Add another cup of flour and stir/mix until the dough begins to be less sticky and more smooth. Transfer the dough onto a floured surface and knead (push and fold the dough) until the dough is smooth and no longer sticks to your fingers when pressed. Add additional flour as needed.

3. Divide the dough into four parts. Roll each into a rectangle, about 6″ x 8″. Tightly roll up the rectangle into a long log. Pinch the seam closed, place the log on the prepared baking sheet seam-side down.

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4. Cover the sub rolls loosely with a tea towel and place the baking sheet in the warm oven. Set a timer for 10 minutes. After ten minutes, remove the loaves from the oven, being careful not to shake them or set the pan down too hard (and make the dough fall). Place the sub rolls on top of the oven to continue rising while you heat the oven to 425°.

5. Remove the tea towel. Brush the tops of the sub rolls with a beaten egg, then sprinkle generously with sesame seeds.  Gently place the sub rolls in the oven as soon as the oven is preheated**. Bake at 425° for 15-20 minutes, until the tops are browned and crusty and a thermometer inserted in the bread reads 180°.

6. The sub rolls will slice best if allowed to cool for 10-15 minutes.


**Not letting these loaves rise too long is important. If they are left to rise too long, they will fall during the baking time.