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Cheesy Pu'erh Dinner Rolls

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These cheesy dinner rolls are elevated by the subtle flavor of pu'erh. The pungent nature of the pu'erh complements cheese very nicely. These are great to eat with dinner or as a stand-alone snack.

Prep Time: Prep time: 2 hours Cook time: 35-45 min.
Serving Size: makes 40 rolls
Ingredients
  • 3 c. flour
  • 1/8 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 c. Swiss cheese, grated
  • 1/2 c. milk, warmed
  • 1 tsp. Adagio Pu'erh Dante tea leaves
  • 1/2 c. hot water
  • 4 1/2 tsp. olive oil
  • 8 tsp. butter, melted
  • 1/2 c. Romano cheese, grated
Directions
Brew tea in hot water and steep 5 min. Strain and allow to cool slightly.
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Combine 2 c. flour, yeast, sugar, and salt in large mixer bowl. Mix well.
Add Swiss cheese and mix.
Add warm milk, warm brewed pu'erh tea, and oil.
Beat on medium speed 3 min.
Gradually stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.
Turn out onto lightly floured board.
Knead dough adding more flour as necessary, until dough is smooth, elastic, and no longer sticky (about 5 min.).
Place in greased bowl; turn dough over to grease top.
Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in warm place for 30 min.
Punch down, cover, and let rest 10 min.
Cut dough into 40 pieces. Shape each into a ball.
Dip balls into melted butter, then roll in Romano cheese to coat.
Arrange balls in close proximity to one another on a nonstick baking sheet.
Cover with moist paper towels. Let rise in a warm place 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Bake on lower rack of preheated 375°F oven for 35-45 min. or until firm and golden.
Cool 5 min., then remove from pan.



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