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Parmesan Pull-Apart Rolls - A Family Feast

Parmesan Pull-Apart Rolls

Yield: 12 rolls 1x
Prep: 3 hours 30 minsCook: 25 minsTotal: 3 hours 55 minutes


  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon honey or sugar
  • 2/3 cup warm milk (110 degrees), divided
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus 2 Tablespoons for sprinkling
  • 1 1/4 cups grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs, divided
  • 5 tablespoons softened butter cut into tablespoon pieces, plus extra to butter the pan
  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, place yeast, honey and 1/3 cup of the warm milk, stir and let sit until foamy, about 5 minutes.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix 2 ½ cups flour, Parmesan, and salt together. Add this to the yeast mixture along with the other 1/3 cup of warm milk and beat on low to combine. Add two eggs, one at a time, beating well as each egg is added. Scrape down bowl and beat on medium for three minutes.
  3. Turn mixer to low and add butter, one tablespoon at a time until finished dough is formed. Dough will be elastic and very sticky. Scrape dough down into a ball and sprinkle 2 tablespoons of flour over top. Cover with plastic and then with a dish towel and let sit in a draft free warm place for 1 ½ to 2 hours.
  4. Punch down dough but do not knead. Pour out onto your floured counter and roll into a log. Cut the log into 12 even pieces and roll each piece into a ball using a circular motion with the palm of your hand.
  5. Butter a 9” round cake pan and place rolls in pan spacing evenly. Cover with a dish towel and place back in warm draft free place for another 1 to 1 ½ hours. Rolls should be puffed up and fill the pan.
  6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and place rack in center.
  7. Beat the last egg with the water and brush over tops of rolls. Discard unused egg wash. Bake rolls for 20-25 minutes until browned.
  8. Loosen edges if necessary with a knife and flip out onto a rack. Then flip back over so they cool upright. Cool for 20 minutes. Best eaten right away, or bring to your barber to brighten her day.

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