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Cornmeal Rolls

  • servings: 20




  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water, 100 degrees to 110 degrees
  • 2 tablespoons dark-brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • Olive oil, for bowl and plastic wrap


  1. Step 1

    Place milk and salt in a large saucepan over medium heat, and bring to a simmer. Gradually whisk in cornmeal. Cook the mixture, stirring, until cornmeal is thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat, and set aside to cool.

  2. Step 2

    In the detached bowl of an electric mixer, whisk together yeast, water, and brown sugar. Set aside until mixture is foamy, about 10 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Attach bowl to mixer fitted with the dough-hook attachment. With the mixer on low speed, add cooled cornmeal mixture and 2 beaten eggs. Slowly add enough flour to form a soft dough. Knead on medium-low speed until dough springs back when pressed with a finger, about 5 minutes. Brush a large mixing bowl with olive oil. Place dough in bowl; cover bowl with oiled plastic wrap. Set aside until doubled in size, about 3 hours.

  4. Step 4

    Sprinkle two 13-by-18-inch baking sheets with cornmeal. Turn dough out onto a floured work surface. Divide dough into 3-ounce portions. Roll each portion of dough into a ball. Place balls of dough 1 1/2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Cover with oiled plastic wrap. Set aside to rise until dough does not spring back when pressed with a finger, about 30 minutes.

  5. Step 5

    Heat oven to 375 degrees. Brush the top of each roll with the remaining beaten egg and sprinkle with cornmeal. Using a sharp knife, cut two parallel slits in the top of each roll. Bake rolls until they are golden, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool for at least 5 minutes before serving.

Martha Stewart Living, November 1999

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Reviews (1)

  • Sue Sten 20 Jan, 2013

    Theses have become my go-to rolls. Why so much salt, though? I have cut it to 2 tsp. and it is fine.