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24 Rolls

  • 2¼ teaspoons dry active yeast
  • ¼ cup warm water (110 degrees)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • Additional flour for kneading dough
  • Dough
  • 3 plus cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • scalded and cooled to 110 degrees
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves, minced


  1. Mix the yeast, water, sugar, and flour in a medium bowl until combined. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until foaming (should double in size).


  1. Combine 3 cups flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor and mix until combined. Add melted butter and sponge mixture.
  2. Combine lightly beaten egg with cooled milk. With the processor running, pour in egg-milk mixture until dough is sticky. Add additional flour until dough forms a ball.
  3. Place the dough into a large bowl, cover with a kitchen linen, and set aside until dough triples in volume. Remove dough from the bowl and transfer to a lightly floured board.
  4. Shape into butterfly rolls: divide the dough in half, roll each half into a 15×8-inch rectangle. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with chopped fresh rosemary. Roll up the longest side tightly. Cut crosswise into 1½-inch pieces.
  5. Put rolls on a buttered baking sheet, tucking the end pieces, and place 1 inch apart. Cover rolls and let rise until doubled in size.
  6. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix 1 egg yolk and 2 tablespoons heavy cream until combined. Brush egg-cream mixture over tops of rolls. Bake 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a rack or serve hot from the oven!
  • Recipe from chef Katie Button of Curaté, Asheville, North Carolina

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