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Garlic Yeast Rolls

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Move over turkey! Once you set these sweet and savory Garlic Yeast Rolls out on the Thanksgiving table, your family and friends will gobble them up faster than old Mr. Tom Turkey himself.
Sweet Garlic Rolls
Sweet Garlic Rolls

Every year in the early fall my husband and I go with our best friends to our favorite seafood restaurant.

While the seafood there is amazing, the rolls are the things that keep us coming back year after year.

This recipe was inspired by those rolls.

At first glance, you might think that all the garlic on top of these rolls will be too strong and overpowering.

However, if you’re a true garlic lover, you’ll appreciate how the cooked garlic is pungent, yet mild.

And, when it’s combined with olive oil, dried herbs, and the sweetly soft and pillowy yeast dough, it’s a match made in dinner roll heaven.

Sweet Garlic Rolls

The instructions for making these rolls are unlike any other yeast dough or rolls I have ever made.

The day I made them I was very worried that my dough wasn’t going to rise as I had to keep adding more and more flour because the dough was so sticky and wet.

I  honestly thought I’d have to scrap the whole idea and pull myself out of participating in #TwelveLoaves this month.

Thankfully, instead of doing that, I decided I’d let the dough proof for a full two hours (instead of the one I had originally planned on).

I crossed my fingers and kept myself busy doing something other than babysitting the bread bowl.

Two hours later, the dough had beautifully risen and had more than doubled in bulk. Woot!

Let that be a lesson to us all about making bread. Good things come to those who wait…and wait…and wait.

Sweet Garlic Rolls

Yield:   24 rolls       Prep Time: 4½ hours (includes rise time)     Bake Time: 40 minutes

For the rolls:
2 cups pineapple juice
3 eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
½ cup butter, softened
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon coconut extract
7 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for rolling
2 packages active dry yeast (4½ teaspoons)
1½ teaspoons salt
coconut oil spray
plastic wrap
9 x 13 baking dish

For the garlic topping:
18-20 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup canola oil
½ teaspoon dried basil
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon salt
pinch black pepper

-In a large bowl, whisk together the pineapple juice, eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla, coconut extract, and ginger.

-If using a stand mixer, switch to the dough hook, or switch to a wooden spoon if mixing manually. Add in the flour, yeast and salt. Mix and knead thoroughly (if doing manually, you may need to switch to mixing with your hands) for at least 7-10 minutes. The dough will be soft and somewhat sticky.

-Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead by hand for an additional 2-3 minutes, kneading in more flour if needed to make the dough less sticky. Spray the inside of the bowl with cooking spray or coconut spray and return the dough back to the bowl. Spray the top of the dough with a light coating of oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in a warm, draft free place to rise until doubled, approximately 2 hours.

-When the dough has doubled, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into 3 equal portions. Make a rope with each dough portion and divide the dough into equal pieces, approximately in 1/3 cup sections. Roll each section of dough into a ball using a cupped hand while applying pressure and rolling the ball on the counter. Continue with the remaining dough.

-Place each dough ball into a baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Once all the dough balls are placed into the dish, cover the dish lightly with plastic wrap and allow the rolls to rise in a warm, draft free place until doubled (approximately 60-90 minutes).

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake the rolls for 40 minutes until golden brown and when they sound hollow when tapped. While the rolls are baking, make the garlic topping.

-In a small saucepan, heat the oils, garlic and seasonings. Simmer for 5 minutes.

-When the rolls come out of the oven brush each roll liberally with the garlic and oil mixture.
Serve immediately and Enjoy!

Sweet Garlic Rolls
Sweet Garlic Rolls

Thank you so much for visiting me here today in my Kudos Kitchen!


Until we eat again, I hope you have a delicious day!

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Kellie Hemmerly - The Suburban Soapbox

Monday 30th of November 2015

I totally have everything I need to make these with dinner tonight.

Nancy Piran

Sunday 15th of November 2015

I am all about the garlic so I know I would love these!!

Cheap Ethnic Eatz

Thursday 5th of November 2015

I am a garlic lover so it looks like just the right amount for me. I Ah the fear of yeast, glad you waited the dough out. The rolls looks fabulous.

Maryanne @the little epicurean

Thursday 5th of November 2015

Bring on the garlic! I say, the more the merrier! Hope you had a happy birthday! :)


Wednesday 4th of November 2015

Oh yum!! These remind me a lot of the rolls that come to the table with a bowl of marinara at our favorite Italian restaurant. I cannot wait to give this recipe a try. And....Happy Birthday!