Pennsylvania Dutch Tea Rolls

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Pennsylvania Dutch Tea RollsRecipe
Becky Luigart-Stayner; Fonda Shaia
These sweet, buttery rolls historically served with afternoon tea are just as at home with Sunday night's chicken dinner.
20 servings (serving size: 1 roll)


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5 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 1/3 cups warm 1% low-fat milk (100° to 110°)
1 package quick-rise yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
1 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
Cooking spray
3 tablespoons 1% low-fat milk
1 1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds


Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 2 cups flour, warm milk, and yeast in a large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, and let stand 1 1/2 hours (batter should become very bubbly and almost triple in size).

Add 3 cups flour, sugar, butter, salt, and egg; stir with a wooden spoon 3 minutes or until well combined. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes); add enough of remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel tacky).

Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size. (Lightly press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, the dough has risen enough.)

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; lightly dust dough with flour and pat into an 10 x 8-inch rectangle. Divide dough by making 3 lengthwise cuts and 4 crosswise cuts to form 20 equal pieces; shape each piece into a ball. Place balls in a 13 x 9-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray.

Lightly coat the dough with cooking spray. Cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 375°.

Brush 3 tablespoons milk lightly over dough; sprinkle with poppy seeds. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes or until browned. Cool rolls in pan 5 minutes. Serve warm, or cool completely on a wire rack.

Created date

October 2003

Nutritional Information

Calories 173
Caloriesfromfat 17 %
Fat 3.2 g
Satfat 1.7 g
Monofat 0.9 g
Polyfat 0.3 g
Protein 4.6 g
Carbohydrate 31.3 g
Fiber 1 g
Cholesterol 18 mg
Iron 1.7 mg
Sodium 154 mg
Calcium 31 mg