Rolls & Buns





A serving of rolls can help kick off a meal, but according to chef Alex Guarnaschelli, “if you’re going to have a bread basket [these days], it better be incredible.” People are no longer impressed with brown-and-serve rolls hastily bought at the supermarket. At Butter, Guarnaschelli serves warmed yeasty, buttery Parker House rolls that are so delicious they practically start riots. F&W’s guide to rolls and buns aim to get you the same reaction in your own home. We have incredible recipes and a compilation of tips from chefs who know how to attain bread perfection.

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The Best Thing to Do with Your Biscuit Scraps

Erika Council, the force behind Atlanta’s Bomb Biscuits, has a clever, no-waste trick to get more out of your next batch of biscuits.

Potato Rolls

The perfect potato buns are pillowly, plush and lightly sweet; just right for Lobster BLTs or hamburgers. Potato flour holds moisture, keeping these buns moist even after toasting.

Hot Cross Buns

These cozy yeast-raised buns are a classic for Easter—rich with spices and orange zest and studded with dried fruit, they make an unforgettable addition to a holiday brunch. They’re equally good for breakfast any day, alongside a cup of coffee or tea.

Cinnamon Roses

This simple yeasted dough is soft and tender, yielding golden, tear-apart rolls. For the best “bloom,” tightly roll the dough, and use unflavored floss to cut roses; it pinches the rolls less than a using a knife.

Sweet Potato Yeast Rolls

When shaping the rolls, use tension in your cupped hand rather than too much excess flour to coax the dough into a ball. A generous brushing of melted butter on the baked rolls adds shine and flavor, while ajowan seeds offer an herbal bite reminiscent of thyme and cumin.

“Boozy” Cherry Hot Cross Buns

Food & Wine’s Paige McCurdy-Flynn makes these soft, pillowy hot cross buns with a twist: She rolls the dough with brandy-soaked cherries for an extra kick.    Slideshow: More Bread and Biscuit Recipes

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Pretzel Hot Dogs

These pretzel-wrapped hot dogs are much more fun and tastier than hot dogs in a traditional bun. You can also wrap the pretzel dough around sausages. Slideshow: More Hot Dog Recipes

Dinner Rolls

Make the meal memorable with a savory batch of dinner rolls--we have everything from classic Parker House Rolls to flavorful garlic knots.

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