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Poppy Seed Dinner Rolls

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Poppy Seed Dinner Rolls

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  • 2 envelopes of quick-rising dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup plus ¼ teaspoon sugar, divided
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2/3 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seed
  • 5 1/3 cup poppy seed
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, chilled
  • 3 tabelspoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Non-Stick spray
  • Extra poppy seeds for garnish


  • 1. In a mixer bowl dissolve quick-rising dry yeast and sugar in warm water and let it stand until the mixture is slightly foamy.
  • 2. Attach the dough hook to the mixer and turn to speed 2 add milk, oil, egg, sugar, poppy seeds and salt
  • 3. Mix well until everything is combined - about 30 seconds.
  • 4. Gradually add flour to the batter and mix it until its smooth for about 1 minute
  • 5. Combine flour and chilled butter in a food processor or you can a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles a coarse meal add this to the batter in the mixing bowl.
  • 6. Turn to speed 2 and mix until the dry ingredients are incorporated
  • 7. Knead on speed 2 until smooth, about 2 minutes longer
  • 8. Add up to 1/3 of a cup of flour more if the dough remains sticky.
  • 9. Remove the bowl from the mixer and cover with a towel and let it rise in a warm place for 30 minutes or until the dough nearly doubles in size.
  • 10. Now coat 2 12-cup muffin tins with non stick cooking spray or butter.
  • 11. On a floured surface knead dough for about 4 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  • 12. Divide the dough into 4 equal portions and place one portion on a floured surface and refrigerate the remaining portions.
  • 13. Roll out the dough to a 12x12x1/8-inch rectangle.
  • 14. Cut the dough lengthwise into 6 2-inch strips and stack the strips to form 6 layers.
  • 15. Cut the stacks into 6 equal portions, each about 2 inch squares.
  • 16. Place each stack on their edge, cut side down in the prepared muffin cups. Repeat with the remaining dough sections.
  • 17. Cover with a towel and let the dough rise in a warm place for 30 minutes or until nearly doubles in size.
  • 18. After it has risen preheat your oven to 350 F
  • 19. Brush the tops of the rolls with melted butter and sprinkle with poppy seeds.
  • 20. Bake for 25 minutes in the oven for 7 to 10 minutes.