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These guaranteed-showstopper onion rolls are made with buttermilk and filled with sweet onions sauteed in butter and scented with nutmeg. The onion filling is spread onto a rectangle of dough, which isrolled and sliced. The rounds arethen fit into the baking pan andpuff up together with the second rise.

Martha Stewart Living, November 2005


Credit: John Kernick

Recipe Summary

Makes about 1 dozen


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  • Butter a 9-inch cake pan using 1 tablespoon softened butter. Butter a large bowl; set aside. Stir together yeast, sugar, and water in a small bowl; let mixture stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Stir until dissolved. Stir in buttermilk and egg.

  • Mix 2 3/4 cups flour and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook. Make a well in center. Pour in buttermilk mixture; mix to combine. Add 6 tablespoons softened butter; mix on medium-high speed until a soft dough forms, about 10 minutes.

  • Scrape dough onto a lightly floured work surface; sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons flour. Knead dough until smooth, about 5 minutes. Transfer to buttered bowl. Cover dough with a clean kitchen towel; let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

  • Melt remaining 4 tablespoons softened butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions; raise heat to high, and cook, stirring often, until soft, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium; cook, stirring, until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Stir in nutmeg. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Let cool.

  • Punch down dough, and turn out onto a lightly floured work surface. With a lightly floured rolling pin, roll dough into a 17-by-10-inch rectangle, and brush with 3 tablespoons melted butter. Spread onions evenly over dough. Starting on 1 long side, roll dough into a log. Press seam to seal. Cut into about 12 slices, about 1 1/4 inches thick each. Arrange slices, cut sides up, in buttered pan, and brush with remaining 2 tablespoons melted butter. Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 50 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake rolls until golden brown, about 35 minutes. Immediately invert and unmold rolls onto a wire rack. Serve warm.



48 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 21
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5.0 stars
I love this recipe! Ive made it many times since I saw it in the Thanksgiving issue decades ago it seems? I double it and line two 9" cake pans with foil and freeze after the first rise and shaping. they freeze great. defrost and rise and bake off beautifully. I have reduced the grease factor a bit by basting with less butter at each stage. They are yummy and my husband has been begging for a batch! I will be making again this week.