Are you looking for something easy but festive to take to a holiday gathering? Or perhaps you want to start a new tradition for Christmas dinner.
Although homemade yeast rolls issue an aromatic, come-hither statement on their own, this simple wreath configuration is guaranteed to make them memorable. Don’t fret if you aren’t Mr. or Ms. Bread-Baker-of-the-Year. There’s more than one way to do this. Use the following guide to assess your situation and choose your plan of attack.
- No time or too many bread-baking insecurities? Use store-bought frozen bread dough.
- No desire and/or time to mix and knead bread dough by hand? (This would be me.) Use a bread machine or a heavy-duty stand mixer to do the job. You could even use a bread machine mix from the grocery store.
- Already have a favorite roll recipe but want to dress it up? After letting your dough rise, start with the instructions for shaping the rolls in step 5 and proceed as directed.
- Looking for a fantastic bread recipe everybody will snarf up before you have a chance to take home leftovers? Keep on reading.
- Not sure about the wreath but want to try the rolls? (They make great slider buns.) Skip the whole wreath idea and put dough balls into two 8 or 9-inch pans as seen here and start from step 5 in the recipe.
The combination of brown butter (click here to see how easy it is to brown butter in the microwave), rosemary and black pepper in this light and fluffy dinner roll recipe means you probably won’t have to worry about leftovers. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out this video for instructions on how to make perfect little balls with yeast dough. No fancy twisting, knotting, or similar frustration required.
Here’s another option, just because I love making decisions about things that have no important, hidden, or long term consequences.
As you can see in the picture below, I put an oven-safe measuring cup in the middle to maintain the wreath shape.
If you would rather hang a bread wreath on your door instead of eating it, you must check out this post by my friend, Paula, of Vanilla Bean Baker.
The idea of the wreath comes from Martha Stewart Living.
Recipe adapted from my very favorite bread cookbook, One hundred years of bread: Classic breads from your bread machine by Sidney Brockman Carlisle.
- ¼ cup browned butter
- ¾ cup milk
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
- 2- ½ cups bread flour
- 2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
- Melt butter on stove and turn to lowest temperature and allow to turn brown. (Careful not to go too far and let it burn.) Or, see my directions for doing it in the microwave in link above. Add to bread machine bowl.
- Heat milk in microwave for 1 minute on HIGH. Add to bread machine bowl along with remaining ingredients in order given.
- Select dough cycle and start.
- When dough cycle completes, dough should be risen to double. If not, allow to sit in machine until it is. Remove dough to floured surface.
- Divide dough into 15 equal pieces and make into smooth balls. Arrange on a round pizza pan 13-inches or larger, in a single or double circle as illustrated in the pictures above. Cover and allow to rise until almost double.
- If desired, brush with melted butter and chopped rosemary. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt.
- Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes until golden brown.