I’ve seen so many easy bread recipes online recently, which is great! Some of them are being shared far and wide from their original sources, though, and details are being omitted. For example: this simple recipe for Quick Mayonnaise Rolls uses self-rising flour. I’ve seen it copied and pasted with simply “flour” listed as an ingredient with no leavener added. As Alton Brown would say, that is not good eats!
Fast & Easy Dairy-Free Mayonnaise Rolls with Just 4 Ingredients
I found this recipe for Quick Mayonnaise Rolls in a Gooseberry Patch catalog years ago and made it dairy free by using dairy-free milk beverage.
This tender bread is a cross between a biscuit and a soft dinner roll. The rolls are best served straight from the oven and make a great accompaniment to any meal.
Homemade Self-Rising Flour
The original recipe calls for self-rising flour. If you don’t have any, you can make your own. This homemade version is from my Classic Dairy-Free Beer Bread Recipe.
Whisk together 6 cups bleached all-purpose flour, 3 tablespoons baking powder (reduce to 2 tablespoons above 3000 feet), and 1½ teaspoons salt. Measure out the amount needed, and store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer. Self-rising flour is usually made with bleached all-purpose flour, which is usually made from a lower-protein variety of flour. If you choose to use unbleached all-purpose flour for your mix, you might need to increase the liquid in the recipe a bit. Also, the end result might not be as tender.
Special Diet Notes: Mayonnaise Rolls
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, nut-free, peanut-free, optionally soy-free, and vegetarian. Many brands of mayonnaise are made with soybean oil, but you can find ones made with canola oil, olive oil, or even avocado oil.
Mayonnaise is a naturally dairy-free food. It’s made with eggs, not milk. If you confuse eggs with dairy, you’re not alone! See this post: Are Eggs Dairy?
We haven’t tested this particular recipe with egg-free, vegan mayonnaise. But Alisa has made these Herb Drop Mayonnaise Biscuits with vegan mayo with good success. If you try it, let us know how it works out for you and what brand you use.
- 2 cups self-rising flour (store-bought or the Homemade Recipe)
- ¼ cup regular mayonnaise
- 1 cup plain dairy-free milk beverage
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Preheat your oven to 425°F and grease a 12-cup muffin tin.
- In a mixing bowl, mix the self-rising flour, mayo, milk beverage, and sugar until combined.
- Spoon the batter evenly into your prepared muffin cups.
- Bake for 16 to 18 minutes. The rolls will be golden brown on the bottom, but the tops will be more pale, like biscuits.
I loved everything about these rolls except, unfortunately, the taste. They are super easy (even using the included recipe for homemade self-rising flour), come out of the oven looking just as pictured, and have a wonderful soft-biscuity texture. So I was super bummed that they were very bland, almost flavorless. I will try making them again with some additional salt hoping that will make them more tasty but, if that fails, I likely won’t try again.
I’m so sorry the recipe wasn’t to your taste! It is a classic recipe that’s been around for many years, and I didn’t make any modifications to the salt or flavor aspects. However, there could be some affect from the type/flavor of mayo used. Otherwise, you can definitely add a little salt or perhaps some other flavorful additions if you are looking for more oomph.