Seriously, who doesn’t love garlic bread? Now let me ask you this, who wouldn’t love a savory yeast bread dinner roll made with pesto and Parmesan cheese? That’s what I thought. I modified my cinnamon roll recipe into a savory version filled with garlic, basil, cheesy goodness. All kidding aside, we really love these rolls. There is something special about fresh baked bread right out of the oven but when you add pesto swirled inside a roll, it takes it up several notches. The aroma of pesto and fresh bread is heavenly. Can life get any better? Our family loves these rolls and I know yours will too. Enjoy! [/donotprint]
Savory Pesto Rolls
1/2 cup warm water (115 degrees F)
1/2 cup warm milk (115 degrees F)
1 egg (room temperature), slightly beaten
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4-5 cups bread flour
1 (.25 ounce) package (2 1/4 tsp) instant dry yeast
1/2 cup pesto (Savory Sweet Life pesto recipe)
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
*Dough can be kneaded by hand, bread machine, or KitchenAid Mixer using the dough hook. However, directions below are written for a KitchenAid.
*You can also use store bought frozen dinner roll dough and pesto to save time!
Place water, milk, egg, melted butter, sugar, and salt in a K.A mixing bowl. Add 4 cups of flour on top of all the liquid mixture sprinkling yeast on top. Using the dough hook, knead bread mixture on speed 3 until dough is smooth and elastic adding additional flour as needed (approx. 5-7 min.). Place dough in a greased bowl and cover with a wet towel. Allow the dough to rise until doubled in size, approximately 1 hour in a warm area.
*Hint: I typically preheat my oven to 200 degrees while dough is kneading and turn the oven off when kneading is complete. From there, I stick my covered bowl into the oven and leave the oven door cracked open to allow the dough to rise.
Turn dough onto lightly floured surface and roll into a rectangle slightly larger than a 9×13 pan (rectangle). Spread surface evenly with pesto and sprinkle shredded Parmesan cheese on top. Beginning with the long side, roll dough pinching the seam to seal. Cut into 12 equal slices and place them in a greased muffin tin, cut side up. Cover with a damp towel and allow to rise for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from muffin cups and serve warm. Enjoy!