Earl Grey Lime Rolls

"The aroma of these rolls will have guest crowding into your kitchen."
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Ready In:
2hrs 15mins
30 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).

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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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!
  4. These are great despite the big stuffup I did - I have a combo oven, microwaved the butter to melt it and then forget it. So I only remembered after I had put the oven on bake and had heated it up to 375... Despite not using the butter in the dough, the rolls STILL tasted good. I bet they are brilliant with the butter...



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