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Warm & Buttery… Olive Oil & Rosemary Rolls

Easter arrives in just a couple of weeks, so I’ve had Eastery-sorts of recipes on my mind. As a blogger, I get to celebrate all kinds of holidays much earlier than the actual day. How else would I provide you with recipes that you can use for your Easter dinner?

This is a good homemade roll recipe to include for a holiday meal. Its’ easiest to make if you have a stand mixer, but you can knead by hand too if you don’t mind getting messy. Though there are a few “rising” steps involved, the actual time involved in making the recipe is pretty minimal. Start them in the early afternoon and you’ll have warm and buttery rolls at dinner: Olive Oil and Rosemary Rolls.

Here’s the How-To:

The longer you can let the rosemary infuse the olive oil, the better. This will be so yummy mixed into the dough.

Mix yeast & warm water and give them a few minutes to interact. Foaming & bubbling is good. If it doesn’t foam and bubble, your yeast is not active and needs to be tossed. Pour the yeast mixture into the bowl of your stand mixer & add a little bit of your flour and salt.
Keep adding flour a little at a time until all is incorporated. By the way… do you have one of these beater blades pictured below?? I just ordered one on Amazon & it has changed my (baking) life. I no longer have to stop my mixer to scrape the sides. The beater blade does that for you!

Switch to the dough hook & pour in the rosemary-infused olive oil. Let the hook do its kneading work for a couple of minutes. (You can do this by hand too… just knead the dough in a bowl so you don’t get olive oil all over the place).

Take the dough out of the bowl and place it onto a lightly floured board. Form a nice round blob (I take the sides of the dough and kind of fold it underneath so the top looks nice and neat).

Lightly dust the blob with flour and place it in a large zip bag. Press the air out and seal. Let rise in a warm place for about an hour. I don’t ever seem to have a warm place so I use my oven. I turn it on very briefly & then turn it off and leave the light on. It’s then warm enough to let my bread rise. I place the bag on a wooden board and then just place it on an oven rack.

Punch down the dough and then let it sit to rise in the zip bag for another hour.

Take it out of the bag & punch the dough to deflate. Let it rest for a few minutes.

Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Form them into 12 rolls… you can roll them into balls or take the dough and tuck it underneath to form a smooth, round top.

Brush the tops with melted butter, cover with plastic wrap and let them rise at room temperature for about an hour. You can create somewhat of a holding pattern here if you’d like… bake them right away, or refrigerate them at this point and take them out to rise when you’re ready… or you can let them sit for a bit longer than an hour. They shouldn’t get too crazy-out-of-control with their rising unless you’ve got some crazy-out-of-control active yeast πŸ™‚ They need about 20 minutes in the oven.

Tuck them into a cloth-lined basket to keep them warm for dinner.

They’re tender rolls with the oh-so-subtle flavor of rosemary. Though there’s butter brushed on top, a good dab of butter on a warm roll is a really good thing too.

I’m thinking these would make a good addition to Easter dinner. Double the recipe if you have a hungry family. I wish I’d made more πŸ™‚

This recipe can be found here: Olive Oil & Rosemary Rolls.

You might also like:
Roasted Garlic & Rosemary Cloverleaf Rolls
Sweet Potato Croissants

23 Responses to “Warm & Buttery… Olive Oil & Rosemary Rolls”

  1. postedMar 22, 2010 2:57 AM

    You had me at warm and buttery. Those look perfect!

  2. postedMar 22, 2010 4:00 AM

    I love rosemary onion bread. I used to make it all the time when I literally had a rosemary hedge outside my front door. I’ve tried it with dried rosemary, but it just tastes astringent. I’m looking forward to having a rosemary plant this year and making some bread. Yummy.

  3. postedMar 22, 2010 4:37 AM

    Oh my goodness, do those look good! I’ll have to give them a try!

  4. postedMar 22, 2010 5:37 AM


    I can just smell it!


  5. postedMar 22, 2010 5:39 AM

    I’ve been thinking about what type of bread or rolls to bake for Easter, and these look lovely! Rosemary is so tasty baked into bread.

  6. postedMar 22, 2010 6:33 AM

    Look delicious! I have what may be a dumb question, but do you think using canola oil would change the flavor too much?

  7. postedMar 22, 2010 8:00 AM

    You can use some of the lovely California olive oil for these.

  8. postedMar 22, 2010 8:19 AM

    I’m definitely making these for Easter, just decided. The rosemary in them is going to be perfect with lamb.

  9. postedMar 22, 2010 9:41 AM

    There’s nothing like a fresh roll and I love the hint of rosemary in these πŸ™‚

  10. postedMar 22, 2010 10:12 AM

    The rolls look wonderful!

  11. postedMar 22, 2010 10:32 AM

    Those look so delicious! I love herb bread and rolls.

  12. postedMar 22, 2010 11:20 AM

    yum! probably a dumb questions, but i have a kitchenaid mixer which i sadly haven’t used yet – does that have a dough hook?

  13. postedMar 22, 2010 2:29 PM

    These rolls look delicious, I love rosemary.

  14. postedMar 22, 2010 3:13 PM
    Shahar Goldin

    I had one of the metro beater blades but I put some very cold butter in the bowl (recently out of the freezer) and it broke. I just received the new one I ordered which was this one:
    Good luck with yours, and be careful with it!

    • postedMar 22, 2010 4:04 PM

      @Shahar Goldin, Yikes! I’ll be careful with frozen butter!! Thanks for the tip.

  15. postedMar 22, 2010 5:35 PM

    I can almost smell these from here

  16. postedMar 23, 2010 4:28 AM

    I just printed this recipe and will make it next time I have dinner guests. I can almost smell them already!

  17. postedMar 23, 2010 6:45 AM

    You are right, these would be perfect for Easter. They look delicious and I can almost taste that olive oil infused with the rosemary. Yum!

  18. postedMar 23, 2010 7:03 AM

    They look perfect! I need to make more homemade rolls like that… will definitely try infusing the oil with rosemary when I do!

  19. postedMar 23, 2010 1:02 PM

    Oh I’m loving these! I bet the house smelled divine when they were cooking too!
    Rosemary oil would be wonderful on lots of things…leg of lamb for one.

  20. postedMar 23, 2010 4:09 PM

    You had me at infused olive oil and rosemary. Oh my goodness!!! I would so like to try baking these, Lori you have no idea. I’m going to keep this link for when I finally get the nerve. What tools do I need to buy to be able to make these rolls the easiest possible way? I am so not a baker of any kind!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing…

  21. postedMar 25, 2010 8:34 PM

    Ooh yum! I love infused oils, and rosemary is one of my favorite herbs. These look amazing.

  22. postedApr 3, 2010 5:21 AM

    These look amazing. I’ll be sure that these make their way onto our Easter table tomorrow. YUM!

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