Saturday, November 7, 2009

Pioneer Woman's Buttered Rosemary Rolls

It's been a while since I've looked at my collection of Ree Drummond's recipes from her wildly popular food blog "The Pioneer Woman Cook's".  I've been a fan of hers for over a year, and I've posted a few of her recipes. While they're not necessarily low-carb, low-fat, that's not the point! Ree lives on a ranch. She feeds hard working cowboys. I have a horse.  So, I guess I can justify enjoying her recipes?  When I spotted this recipe on her blog, I started to fixate on the flavor combination of rosemary and seasalt-- and I had never tried making bread in a cast iron skillet. I love my cast iron skillet.


I was surprised, though, to read that Ree's recipe included frozen bread dough.  Really?  I have  a recipe for bread rolls that is so easy to make. I swear. Truly.  With a Kitchen Aid Stand mixer, I can have the dough mixed together and rising in the oven (as an incubator) in fifteen minutes! For real.   I didn't photograph how to make the dough, because...well, I was so intent on surprising my husband with these dinner rolls that I didn't want to stop to photograph. I started these at 4:00pm.  I literally mixed the yeast, added the rest of the flour and let the dough hook mix all of this together in five minutes.  I have a trick that works well for me-- I turn the oven on to WARM and preheat to 200 F. Then I turn it off.   45 minutes later, my dough has doubled.  I also like this "dough doubler". I bought on King Arthur Flour's website. Since then, I've seen them at restaurant supply stores. Otherwise, an oiled bowl and plastic wrap works well, too. My recipe is part white flour and part whole wheat. It's delicious and, so far, it's my favorite bread roll.


So, here's where I pick up to Ree's recipe.  I formed the dough into nine equal rolls...


and let them double for another thirty minutes--

Yeah... like that...

These took less than 20 minutes to double, after the first rise.  For the next step...

I have lots of rosemary in our yard.  You need a sprig or two. You also want sea salt. Not table salt. Kosher salt will do, but this sea salt is perfect.

Pull off the rosemary, from each stem,  and chop it...

I melted half a stick of butter and brushed it on. Gently! You don't want to deflate the dough!

Oh yeah. See the puddle of melted butter? This is gettin' good.  It's now a little after 5pm. Husband is home. Soup's on and this is going to be the perfect way to enjoy it.

So, now, the chopped rosemary is evenly sprinkled on top...

Now, for some salt... nice and even. Not too much!


I think that Ree is on to something...

I'm not going to argue with PW's recipe. So one more step...

Just a little more butter gets dabbed onto the rosemary. I preheat my oven to 375F, rather than 400F. Sorry, Ree... it just felt right to me.

20 minutes later, these were golden and smelling so good!  I had to brush more butter on top. That just seemed right to me.

Come to mama!

 Oh, these are going to be something I make on a regular basis. 5:30pm arrived and the bread was ready to be tasted...


I love the Pioneer Woman...



She's a clever gal. These are genius!  The sea salt took me over the edge...

My husband gave these five stars. He doesn't do that so easily. I could eat these every day. Maybe I will! These are so easy to make. Honest.

I have been busy baking and making all kinds of great recipes. I'm feeling better. I made another bread, today, and I photographed how to conquer the fear of working with yeast. It's easy, I tell ya!
NOTE:  I buy my vital wheat gluten online at King Arthur Flour. It helps whole grain based dough to rise better. 

Make this. You don't need frozen dough. But, if you buy the dough anyway, at least pick up where Ree transfors frozen bread dough into the rolls. You will thank me for sharing them. If you don't have a cast iron skillet-- use a regular pan.  As for me... I have my sights set on a bigger cast iron skillet...so I can make more rolls like these!

The recipe is at the bottom of this page. If you are subscribing via Feedburner, you will need to JUMP to my blog site to view/print the recipe.  I am submitting this fabulous recipe to YeastSpotting.  I drool over all the beautiful bread photos!

Enjoy,





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42 comments:

Carla said...

These look like the most luscious dinner rolls I have ever seen. Been wanting to try my hand at bread and roll recipes. But do tell, where do you find 'vital wheat gluten'. I so want to make these your way! Thanks for the beautiful pictures, we do eat with our eyes as they say!

George Gaston said...

Debby, these rolls look absolutely delicious. There is nothing like a good yeast roll. I love your method of 'proofing' them in a warm oven... brilliant idea. I can't wait to try them. Thanks

Stacey Snacks said...

Deb,
What beautiful perfect dinner rolls!
I love my cast iron skillet and don't use it enough.
I finally ordered PW cookbook, since every blogger seems to love it! I have to see what all the buzz is about.
I can smell those rolls from NJ!

TKW said...

Boy do those ever look delish! Looks like the perfect thing to have with a steaming bowl of soup!

Kate said...

This could be the entire meal! They look heavenly and I can imagine the wonderful aroma in kitchen! I tackled yeast seriously for a first time last year....I have been waiting for cool weather to jump back on the train! I must try these.

Muneeba said...

You may have outdone PW with this one, Deb ;) Home-made bread dough is the best! And aren't u a lucky gal to have tons of rosemary on hand whenever u want! Love Ree's recipes, and am marking this for my list.

food with style said...

oh i printed this recipe up too and forgot to make them, you are driving me wild again with your great pics! they look delish~

Kim said...

These look so buttery and delicious!! I want the fluffy one right in the middle ;D

A Feast for the Eyes said...

I buy my vital wheat gluten online at King Arthur Flour. I've noticed that it really helps my whole wheat bread to rise higher.

Frieda said...

Congratulations, Debby ~ on a perfect roll! I too, make mine homemade AND swear by vital wheat gluten. PW Cooks was the first blog I was invited to read and I was totally sucked in...don't have her cookbook and would love to have it...

Debinhawaii said...

Those rolls are making me drool! ;-)

girlichef said...

Wow, that is drop-dead-gorgeous!! I mean seriously, I want to tear into them with a passion right now. Glad to hear PW's book is good...can't wait to get a copy :)

Me! said...

Your pictures look so good! Only thing is, where's the recipe for the dough?

Debbie said...

I am going to HAVE to make these. mmmmmm...........

Jen_from_NJ said...

Oh these look so good!! I need to give these a try. I haven't made the homemade stock yet - but I will! I used your tip on freezing bacon - perfect!

mamakd said...

It has been awhile since I checked out your blog (unfortunately life has gotten in the way of my aspirations!) but it looks FABULOUS! I love the layout! I just printed this recipe and this week we are going to have it...they look so good I could eat the picture.

Calm In The Kitchen said...

I was in love with this recipe as soon as I saw it and I am EVEN MORE in love with it now!

Thank you for including your own bread recipe, I am definitely doing it your way!

I am going to a PW booksigning soon and can't wait.

A Feast for the Eyes said...

To view the recipe, scroll down to the bottom. If you are receiving my blog via FEEDBURNER, then you need to JUMP to my blogsite to view it.

Monica H said...

I saw these last week on her blog and they looked so good. I might have to add a little garlic to the topping too. That would be so good!

I know what your surprise is and i'm so jealous.

ExpressYourself said...

WOW! Your blog makes me think Im actually eating what you post! Awesome job.

Me and My Pink Mixer said...

YUM! Just went to my mom's house and borrowed her cast iron skillet. Can't wait to make these - they look so delish!!

Cheryl said...

I saw those rolls on her site, now that you took the plunge I must also! I have a proof feature on my new oven, love it! Those rolls look so good, your hubby is a lucky man!

Mary said...

These are really gorgeous. While I have a similar recipe, I want to give these a try.

Anderburf said...

The look amazng! I just got some Himalayan sea salt from Sustainable Sourcing https://secure.sustainablesourcing.com and I think it would taste amazing sprinkled on these rolls. I'm doing a test run and then making them for Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing!

Donna-FFW said...

Oh these are gorgeously beautiful, seriously. I am trying these soon. I ama huge fan of PW also. Where is vital wheat gluten located ? In the supermarket?

Ginger said...

I don't think I have ever seen a Roll look so good and that is the truth!! They are a perfect addition to any dinner!!

Gin

giao {kiss my spatula} said...

i don't know if dinner rolls could look any prettier than yours. the rosemary adds that special touch! stunning!

Danielle said...

I love Ree! She has such wonderful recipes and takes the most fantastic pictures.

Your rolls look so darned good!!!

Coleen's Recipes said...

Your bread photos seriously fall into the food-porn catagory...how delicious!!! I make a ton of bread, but I've never made bread in my cast iron pan..will have to try that.

frockandfork said...

Dear Debby - you are a master-chef! I can't stop looking at your amazing dinner rolls - they are so beautiful and so yummy looking. xxx

Felicia said...

They look delicious. I have to get the vital wheat gluten though so they turn out like yours. Also, I think I may have an old cast iron skillet in the garage...I have to dig through stuff, but these will be perfect for Thanksgiving Dinner!!!

Mimi said...

Don't get me wrong, I love the Pioneer Woman's blog but - she is really the Sandra Lee of the blogosphere. She often takes processed food shortcuts that aren't so healthy. I just want to say good for you going the extra mile and making healthy homemade rolls instead of using processed food. The rolls are gorgeous!! Now I want to make them!!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Oh my! Pioneer Woman doesn't even come close to Sandra Lee's processed food recipes! I think, the majority of Ree's recipes don't use a lot of processed foods-- I don't use any kind of cake mixes or canned soup mixes, and I don't think I've spotted PW using them, either. I was a little surprised that PW used frozen bread dough, because rolls are so easy to make, I think.
I have to say, though, that the roll recipe I used here really is one of my very favorites of all time.

Susan/Wild Yeast said...

Thanks for sending these beautiful rolls to YeastSpotting. Rosemary and salt -- great combination!

Susan said...

Your rolls just came out of the oven and I gave you all the credit on my blog today. Thank you so much.

Carole said...

oh, my GOSH! Debby, you've converted me. I plan to make these rolls from scratch per your inspiration. My house is usually too cold in the wintertime to get dough to rise, so I'll use your trick.

Thanks!

pipedi said...

Debby,

Your rolls look divine. I've tried Ree's with the frozen dough and now want to try yours. I noticed that you call for whole wheat flour in the ingredient list, but call it whole wheat *pastry* flour in the directions. I have both types but want to know which one to use.

I'm making these today, so if you get this message, would you comment today? Thanks so much!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Ooops! thank you for pointing that out! I used whole wheat flour. The vital wheat gluten isn't required, but it helps the bread to have a better rise.

pipedi said...

Thanks for your very prompt reply :)
Whole wheat flour it is!

Diane

The Better Baker said...

I can't imagine anyone's mouth NOT watering by viewing your gorgeous pictures! I LOOOOVE homemade rolls...love the fragrance in my kitchen when they're baking...love to eat them warm....love to share them with others. Certainly have to try these soon - thanks for sharing! MMMM!

Sue/the view from great island said...

Oh Debby, I guess I'm not alone in being awed by these rolls, your photo is stunning! I have always wanted to master the art of the dinner roll, and I guess I need to get started with this recipe, thanks!

Kate said...

Okay...cool weather is here...I have company coming for dinner on Thursday. These rolls will be on the table!