Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs
The aroma of these rolls will have guest crowding into your kitchen.
- 1 tablespoon earl grey tea (loose leaf, not prepared tea)
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 (1/4 ounce) package active dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 grated limes, rind of (green part only)
- 3 1⁄4 cups flour
- butter, for brushing finished rolls
- Place tea in boiling water, and steep for 15 minutes.
- Strain and cool to lukewarm.
- Place yeast and sugar in a large bowl and stir tea into them.
- When yeast has dissolved, stir in butter, salt, lime rind and enough of the flour to form a dough that is hard to stir.
- Turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead 5 to 8 minutes, adding only as much flour as needed to produce a dough that is smooth, elastic and just past the point of being sticky.
- Put in a large oiled bowl, and cover with plastic wrap.
- Allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in volume (about 1 hour).
- Punch down, and divide into 30 small or 20 large dinner rolls.
- Place 2" apart on greased baking sheets, cover with kitchen towels, and let rise until doubled in volume (about 30 minutes).
- Pre-heat oven to 375F (400 at 6000').
- Bake rolls in the center of the oven for 13-15 minutes.
- Brush hot rolls with butter.
- Remove from baking sheets and serve immediately, or place on rack to cool (serve warm for best flavor).
These rolls sure are pure delight! The tea and lime rind are both surprising and unusual ingredients that work really well together. I made with 1 tbsp of butter and a tad less than 3 cups of flour. Very easy dough to work with.
OMG these are fabulous! After I had a light lunch, I finished baking these, and ate 3 of them so IMO they are wonderful! Smells and tastes great! You can see a tiny bit of green in the roll. The color is unique but this would keep your guests guessing-might be fun to see if they can figure out the ingredients. Tonight I am serving them with an Asian chicken broccoli dish and cantaloupe for dessert. Thanks littleturtle for sharing. Made for 1-2-3 Hit Wonders!
Truly some of the best rolls I've ever tasted. These are very special; what littleturtle says about their aroma is no joke! Great with asian/fusion meals and for company!