Barley-Malt Pull-Apart Rolls

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Photo: Martyn Thompson
Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
8 to 12 Serves

Having been sectioned with a knife, these puffy, golden rolls pull away from one another with a soft tug. The burnt-sugar flavor of barley-malt syrup makes these dinner rolls yeasty-sweet.


  • 1 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast (from 1 envelope)

  • ¼ cup warm water (110 degrees)

  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons barley-malt syrup (available at natural-food stores)

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

  • 1 ½ teaspoons coarse salt

  • cup buttermilk, room temperature

  • ½ stick unsalted butter, melted and allowed to cool, plus more for brushing

  • Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon, for sprinkling


  1. Sprinkle yeast over warm water in a large bowl. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Whisk in 2 teaspoons malt syrup until smooth. Stir in flour, coarse salt, buttermilk, and 3 tablespoons butter until combined. Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface. Knead, dusting hands and surface with more flour as needed, until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Shape into a ball.

  2. Transfer dough to a large bowl brushed with butter, turning to coat. Cover and let rise in a warm spot until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Punch down dough. Transfer to an 8-inch square baking dish brushed with butter, pressing to flatten evenly in bottom. Lightly dust with flour. Using a sharp knife, score dough almost to bottom of pan from corner to corner diagonally in an X, then score strips of dough diagonally in one direction in 2-inch intervals. Score in other direction to create 2-inch diamonds. Cover and let rise again until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes.

  4. Whisk together remaining 1 tablespoon each malt syrup and butter in a small bowl; brush over top of dough. Bake until puffed and golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes. (If tops are browning too quickly, tent with foil.) Sprinkle with flaky salt. Serve warm.

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