You asked for it, and we’re delivering! Last spring, I made Green Garlic Clover Rolls for our nightly bread service at The Table, and guests were clamoring for the recipe (or let’s be honest, home delivery) of these pillowy, yeasty rolls. Green Garlic is long out of season, but because these rolls are perfect for any season, you can substitute the herb or aromatic of your choice. It’s Thanksgiving, so sage is the herb of the day, and these are a great way to wow your holiday guests.

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This recipe requires a gram scale to weigh out all the measurements. You can get one on Amazon from $10-20, don’t take up much space at all and will transform your baking. You’ll thank us! You can use individual baking dishes like the ones pictured below, or bake all of the rolls together in any glass or ceramic baking dish. We love making them in a cast iron skillet!

Clover Rolls

Makes 30 rolls

Clover rolls before the oven | Photo by Stephanie Cornell

Clover rolls before the oven | Photo by Stephanie Cornell

14g    instant yeast
114g  water, room temperature
5g     sugar
340g milk
75g    sugar
57g    unsalted butter
8g      salt
50g    egg
660g  all-purpose flour
Extra melted butter for brushing on pre-baked rolls

Whisk together yeast, 5g sugar, and water in bowl of stand mixer and let sit 5 minutes.

In a medium saucepan, bring milk to a scald, whisk in butter, remaining 75g of sugar, and salt. Let cool to at least 110*F.

Add milk mixture to the yeast mixture in the bowl of the mixer fitted with dough hook. Add egg and all-purpose flour.

Mix with the dough hook until a sticky glutinous dough is formed, 5 minutes on setting 2 and 5 min on setting 3. Rest in an oiled bowl covered with dish towel for 1 hour.

While dough is resting, brush baking dish with melted butter.

Divide dough into 40g pieces and shape into rounds on floured surface. Place balls of dough in each baking dish and brush all with more butter. Cover with plastic and let rise at room temp for approximately 30 minutes.

Bake at 375ºF for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from oven and immediately brush with sage-infused brown butter (recipe below). Serve warm.

Sage Brown Butter

4 tbsp. butter

10-15 fresh sage leaves

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add sage leaves and cook about 5 minutes, until leaves are crisp and butter is frothy and browned.

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