Do you ever get an idea that is so good that you cannot think of anything else? I posted a cinnamon roll recipe awhile back and one of my brilliant readers gave me the idea to make a savory version of them. Seriously, why didn’t I think of that? A hybrid between two of my absolute favorite treats. Cinnamon rolls and garlic bread. I thought that I might be on to something when I smelled the garlic smell wafting through my house as they were baking.
I just had no idea.
I had no idea how good they were going to be. I had no idea that they would be all soft and warm. And slathered with garlicky butter and flecked with parsley. Who knew that they would be crusty on the outside and soft on the inside? I had no idea that my husband and I would stand over the baking dish and inhale the smell of freshly baked bread and drool. I also did not know that these would be such a cinch to make. And that I would make chicken soup just so that I could serve these garlic rolls along side it.
For the dough:
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1/3 cup sugar
4 cups bread flour
6 Tablespoons melted butter
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons salt
For the garlic butter:
8 Tablespoons room temperature butter
2 cloves finely minced garlic
salt and pepper
1/3 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
Mix together the yeast and water. Measure 1/3 cup of sugar and add 2 Tablespoons from the measured sugar to the bowl. Whisk these together until the yeast is dissolved. Let the yeast stand for about 2 to 3 minutes until it is foamy.
Stir one cup of the flour into the yeast mixture. Set this aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer or in the food processor, add 2 cups of flour, the rest of the sugar, melted butter, milk, and salt.
Process until the dough comes together. Add the rest of the yeast mixture. Add 1/4 cup of flour until the dough comes away from the sides of the bowl. You may have some flour left over.
Put the dough in a bowl coated with cooking spray. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise and double, about 2 hours.
While the dough is rising, make the garlic butter. Mix together the butter, garlic, parsley and season with salt and pepper.
Roll the dough out into a rectangle about 16 inches by 10 inches. Mine is not very pretty, you will take your time won’t you? Slather the dough with the garlic butter.
I used a pizza cutter to cut the dough into strips.
Roll the strips up and put them in the pan on their sides.
Cover the pan with a towel and let rise for about 45 minutes.
Bake the garlic rolls in a preheated 375 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.
If there is someone in your life that you love, make these for them. They will love you forever.