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Buttery Garlic And Herb Fan Rolls Recipe

buttery garlic and herb fan roll platter
buttery garlic and herb fan roll platter - Annabelle Randles/Mashed

If you're a fan of warm, soft rolls that are bursting with flavor, you're in for a treat! With their beautifully folded shape, these buttery garlic and herb fan rolls by recipe developer Annabelle Randles are not only visually stunning, but they are also packed with an irresistible combination of garlic and herbs. Each soft and pillowy layer melts in your mouth, and the rolls can be served as an appetizer or a side dish with soup or a main course. However you serve them, add them to your bread basket and know that they will disappear very quickly.

What's more, this unique bread recipe is fun and easy to make. The simple dough comes together with all-purpose flour, which gives the rolls a soft and tender crumb. The dough is then rolled out by hand, brushed with garlic butter, stacked, and cut into squares to create a fan shape. Finally, the squares are baked in a muffin pan, giving these rolls their signature shape and texture.

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Gather The Ingredients For These Buttery Garlic And Herb Fan Rolls

buttery garlic and herb fan roll ingredients
buttery garlic and herb fan roll ingredients - Annabelle Randles/Mashed

To make these buttery garlic and herb fan rolls, you will need some all-purpose flour, sugar, instant yeast, salt, Italian seasoning, whole milk, egg, butter, garlic cloves, and parsley. As for equipment, be sure you have a rolling pin and a 12-hole nonstick muffin tin on hand.

Step 1: Mix The Dry Ingredients

flour, sugar, yeast, salt, and Italian seasoning in bowl
flour, sugar, yeast, salt, and Italian seasoning in bowl - Annabelle Randles/Mashed

To make the dough, stir together flour, sugar, yeast, salt, and Italian seasoning in a mixing bowl.

Step 2: Add The Wet Ingredients

bread dough mixture in mixing bowl
bread dough mixture in mixing bowl - Annabelle Randles/Mashed

Add milk, egg, and butter.

Step 3: Knead The Dough

bread dough ball in mixing bowl
bread dough ball in mixing bowl - Annabelle Randles/Mashed

Knead dough in the bowl until it is elastic and supple, about 5 minutes if using a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, or 10 minutes if kneading by hand.

Step 4: Leave The Dough To Rise

risen bread dough ball in mixing bowl
risen bread dough ball in mixing bowl - Annabelle Randles/Mashed

Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and leave dough to rise in a warm room for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.

Step 5: Butter Your Muffin Tin

greased muffin tin
greased muffin tin - Annabelle Randles/Mashed

Meanwhile, grease a nonstick muffin tin with butter and set aside.

Step 6: Make The Garlic Butter

melted garlic butter in pan
melted garlic butter in pan - Annabelle Randles/Mashed

Make the garlic butter: Melt butter in a pan and stir in salt, garlic, and parsley. Set aside.

Step 7: Deflate The Dough

hand punching down and deflating bread dough in bowl
hand punching down and deflating bread dough in bowl - Annabelle Randles/Mashed

Once the dough has risen, punch it with your fist to deflate it.

Step 8: Cut The Dough

two bread raw bread dough balls on counter
two bread raw bread dough balls on counter - Annabelle Randles/Mashed

Cut the dough in half to make 2 dough balls.

Step 9: Roll Out The First Dough Ball

rolling pin over sheet of bread dough
rolling pin over sheet of bread dough - Annabelle Randles/Mashed

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the first dough ball into a 12x12-inch square.

Step 10: Cut The Dough Into Strips

bread dough cut into strips
bread dough cut into strips - Annabelle Randles/Mashed

Using a pizza cutter, cut the square into 6 (12x2-inch) strips.

Step 11: Brush The Dough Strips With Garlic Butter

dough brushed with garlic butter
dough brushed with garlic butter - Annabelle Randles/Mashed

Brush the tops of 5 strips with garlic butter (you won't use it all in this step), leaving 1 strip unbuttered.

Step 12: Stack The Dough Strips

hands stacking dough strips
hands stacking dough strips - Annabelle Randles/Mashed

Stack the buttered strips on top of one another (buttered side-up), finishing with the unbuttered strip.

Step 13: Cut The Stack Into Squares

cutting stacked dough
cutting stacked dough - Annabelle Randles/Mashed

Using a sharp knife, cut the stack into 6 even squares measuring 2x2 inches. Set aside.

Step 14: Repeat The Cutting And Stacking Process With The Second Dough Ball

stacking buttered dough strips
stacking buttered dough strips - Annabelle Randles/Mashed

Repeat steps 9-13 with the second dough ball. You should have a total of 12 (2x2-inch) squares of stacked dough and roughly 6 remaining tablespoons garlic butter to use in step 19.

Step 15: Transfer The Dough To The Muffin Tin

doguh stacks in muffin tin
doguh stacks in muffin tin - Annabelle Randles/Mashed

Add 1 dough square, turned on its side so the stacked layers show, to each cup in the muffin tin.

Step 16: Let The Rolls Rise

risen fan rolls in muffin tin
risen fan rolls in muffin tin - Annabelle Randles/Mashed

Cover muffin tin with a clean kitchen towel and leave rolls to rise in a warm room for 30 minutes to 1 hour, or until rolls have doubled in size.

Step 17: Turn On The Oven

oven preheating
oven preheating - Annabelle Randles/Mashed

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 F.

Step 18: Bake The Rolls

fan rolls baking in oven
fan rolls baking in oven - Annabelle Randles/Mashed

Bake rolls until golden, about 20-25 minutes.

Step 19: Brush On More Garlic Butter, And Enjoy

brushing fan rolls with garlic butter
brushing fan rolls with garlic butter - Annabelle Randles/Mashed

Immediately after removing the rolls from the oven, brush the tops generously with garlic butter. Let cool slightly before serving.

What Pairs Well With Buttery Garlic And Herb Fan Rolls?

fan rolls close up
fan rolls close up - Annabelle Randles/Mashed

Whether you are planning a cozy family dinner or hosting a festive holiday feast, these buttery garlic and herb fan rolls are versatile and pair well with a variety of savory dishes — and make a nice change from classic dinner rolls or garlic bread. These rolls are perfect for dipping into warm soups, such as tomato basil soup, creamy potato soup, or a hearty minestrone. Randles also likes to serve these with all types of pasta dishes, including homemade 4-cheese lasagna.

Because fan rolls pull apart so easily, you can also serve them as part of a shareable spread, such as on a cheese board or with dips and spreads like hummus, spinach and artichoke dip, olive tapenade, or muhammara. Further, their garlicky flavor complements fish and seafood dishes, Caesar salad, or grilled or roasted vegetables alike. These rolls are also perfect for soaking up juices and gravies from dishes like roast chicken, beef stew, pot roast, or vegetarian bean stew.

What Other Ingredients Can I Add To Buttery Garlic And Herb Fan Rolls?

garlic fan rolls on cooling rack
garlic fan rolls on cooling rack - Annabelle Randles/Mashed

There are many ways you can customize this recipe. One word of caution though, if you are thinking of adding more garlic: Randles advises keeping any extra garlic separate from the yeast during the initial stages of dough preparation. Garlic contains allicin, a potent antimicrobial that can sometimes interfere with yeast and prevent the dough from rising properly.

Feel free to experiment with different herbs in the garlic butter mixture. Try adding basil, cilantro, dill, or tarragon. The Italian seasoning in the dough can also be swapped for herbes de Provence. For a spicy variation, add a pinch of red pepper flakes, chili powder, paprika, or finely diced jalapeños to the garlic butter mixture.

You can also make cheesy fan rolls by adding shredded cheese, like cheddar or Parmesan, to the dough or sprinkling it on top of the rolls before baking. If you would like to make vegan rolls, you can swap the butter for a plant-based alternative.

Buttery Garlic And Herb Fan Rolls Recipe

hands pulling apart buttery garlic and herb fan roll
hands pulling apart buttery garlic and herb fan roll - Annabelle Randles/Mashed

Prep Time: 2h 30mCook Time: 25mYield: 12 rollsIngredients

  • :::For the dough:::

  • 3 ½ cups (440 grams) all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • 3 teaspoons instant yeast

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning

  • ¾ cup warm whole milk

  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • 1 stick (½ cup) butter, diced, plus extra for greasing muffin tin

  • :::For the garlic butter:::

  • 1 stick (½ cup) butter, diced

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 4 cloves garlic, grated

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Directions

  1. To make the dough, stir together flour, sugar, yeast, salt, and Italian seasoning in a mixing bowl.

  2. Add milk, egg, and butter.

  3. Knead dough in the bowl until it is elastic and supple, about 5 minutes if using a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, or 10 minutes if kneading by hand.

  4. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and leave dough to rise in a warm room for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.

  5. Meanwhile, grease a nonstick muffin tin with butter and set aside.

  6. Make the garlic butter: Melt butter in a pan and stir in salt, garlic, and parsley. Set aside.

  7. Once the dough has risen, punch it with your fist to deflate it.

  8. Cut the dough in half to make 2 dough balls.

  9. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the first dough ball into a 12x12-inch square.

  10. Using a pizza cutter, cut the square into 6 (12x2-inch) strips.

  11. Brush the tops of 5 strips with garlic butter (you won't use it all in this step), leaving 1 strip unbuttered.

  12. Stack the buttered strips on top of one another (buttered side-up), finishing with the unbuttered strip.

  13. Using a sharp knife, cut the stack into 6 even squares measuring 2x2 inches. Set aside.

  14. Repeat steps 9-13 with the second dough ball. You should have a total of 12 (2x2-inch) squares of stacked dough and roughly 6 remaining tablespoons garlic butter to use in step 19.

  15. Add 1 dough square, turned on its side so the stacked layers show, to each cup in the muffin tin.

  16. Cover muffin tin with a clean kitchen towel and leave rolls to rise in a warm room for 30 minutes to 1 hour, or until rolls have doubled in size.

  17. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 F.

  18. Bake rolls until golden, about 20-25 minutes.

  19. Immediately after removing the rolls from the oven, brush the tops generously with garlic butter. Let cool slightly before serving.

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