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Pennsylvania Dutch Tea Rolls

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Nutrition 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

How to Make It

  1. 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).

  2. 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).

  3. 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.)

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Preheat oven to 375°.

  7. 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.