Rosemary-Scented Dinner Rolls

These moist, fluffy, fragrant rolls are supereasy to make and very pretty, thanks to the rosemary sprig that garnishes each one.

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  • Servings: Makes 18 rolls

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  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cubed, plus melted butter
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • One 1/4-ounce packet active dry yeast
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
  • Eighteen 1 1/2-inch rosemary sprigs

How to make this recipe

  1. Brush 18 cups of 2 standard-size muffin pans with melted butter. In a small bowl, whisk the warm water with the sugar and yeast and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt. Using your fingers, pinch the cold butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs with some pea-size pieces of butter remaining. Stir in the yeast mixture until the dough is evenly moistened (it will be shaggy), then stir in the yogurt to form a sticky dough. Scoop 1/4 cup of the dough into each buttered muffin cup and let stand in a warm place until risen, about 1 hour.

  3. Preheat the oven to 400°. Brush the rolls with melted butter and stick a rosemary sprig in each one. Bake the rolls in the lower and upper thirds of the oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until golden; shift the pans from top to bottom and front to back halfway through baking. Transfer the rolls to a platter or basket and serve warm.

Make Ahead

The rolls can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature overnight. Reheat in a 350° oven for about 5 minutes before serving.

Contributed By Photo © John Kernick Published November 2014

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