These may be the softest dinner rolls. Grace your holiday table with these golden breads made special with aromatic sage and a hint of apple cider.
By Leili Ansari and Wei Chang Chen
We love when sweet and savory worlds collide. Like with these rolls.
When I got the idea for these rolls, I was imagining a plain, fluffy dinner roll with hints of apple cider and soft, subtle sage. The sweet and savory flavors, my god! In my imagination, it was heaven.
These rolls don’t taste like apple cider; there is nothing sweet about them. If you wanted to be nice you could say the cider adds a certain “je ne sais quoi”. Whether or not this unnamed quality is really apparent, its acidity is actually great for the yeast and gives the dough a powerful rise. Which means you can use less yeast and still get a wonderfully puffy dough.
The sage is everything that dinner rolls have been missing all these years. These rolls are fluffy, but hearty. Tearing one open while it’s still warm is possibly the most satisfying thing you’ll do (and smell) all day. The soft yet chewy crumb is just begging for a generous smearing of softened butter, and would be the ideal canvas for all that gravy that may or may not be gracing your plate.Print
Leili is a Boston-based food writer and recipe developer who shares all of her kitchen adventures on her food blog, Yin and Yolk. She loves cooking up healthy comfort food dishes but also has a passion for pastries, and strives to create recipes that are both delicious and wholesome. When she's not experimenting in the kitchen, she can be found perusing the local farmer's market, jogging through the city, or trying out new places to eat.