Sunday, 21 September 2014

Pull apart Garlic Rolls

Buttery and delicious pull apart Garlic rolls are perfect for breakfast or for dinner with a bowl of hot soup. They can be served as an appetizer or as an after school snack. 


  • 3 Cups of All purpose Flour
  • 1 and 1/4 Cups of warm water to proof yeast
  • 2 Teaspoon Dry active Yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup milk to brush (or use egg wash to brush)

For the herbed garlic butter

  • 3 Tablespoon salted butter ( use 1/4 teaspoon salt if you are using 'unsalted' butter)
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped cilantro / parsley
  • 6 Garlic cloves chopped very finely
  • 1/2 Teaspoon dried Oregano
  • 1/2 Teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 Teaspoon red chilli flakes or freshly ground black pepper


1. Grease a 9 inch round cake pan / loaf pan and line it with parchment paper
2. In a bowl, add all the ingredients listed under herbed garlic butter and mix it using a spoon and set aside



1. Add sugar to the warm water and stir in. Then add yeast to the warm water and let it proof. The water should be just warm, not hot. Hot water will kill yeast.
2. Let it sit for 10 minutes or until the mixture is frothy and bubbly
3. In a large mixing bowl, add flour and salt and mix well
4. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and pour olive oil. Combine the flour and oil until the oil is absorbed in the flour. Now Pour the yeast mixture gradually into the flour and start mixing with a wooden spatula
5. When the mixture is about to come together as a dough, start mixing with your hands
6. Knead the dough with hands for 6 to 8 minutes or until the dough springs back when you press it with your finger


7. Cover the dough with cling wrap and allow the dough to rise /double in a warm place
8. After an hour, the dough would have doubled in size. Punch down the dough and divide it into two equal portions



9. Take one portion of the dough and roll in to a square measuring 9 inches long and atleast 1/2 inch thick. Please sprinkle dry flour to prevent it from sticking
10. Brush the garlic butter all over the rolled surface of the dough.



11. Roll the dough to form a log



12. Cut the log into four equal portions


13. Now place the rolls on the greased pan. Leave enough space between each roll to rise


14. Repeat the steps from 9 to 13 for the second portion of the dough
15. Now we will have total 8 rolls in the pan


16. Cover the rolls with wet kitchen towel and keep the pan in a warm place and allow the rolls to rise for 30 minutes
17. Preheat the oven to 180 C
18. Brush the rolls with milk


19. Bake the rolls at 180 C for 25 minutes or until the edges are nice golden
20. Then increase the temperature of the oven to 200 c and bake the rolls for 3 to 5 minutes. This is done to give a nice golden color to the rolls. Keep watching the rolls when you are baking them at 200C because they might get burnt / browned too soon at high temperature
21. Remove from the oven and brush the rolls with garlic butter on the top
22. Serve hot with your favourite dip or just these rolls with a hot cup of coffee

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