This Olive and Asiago Rolls recipe is from Cooking Light. I hadn’t made it in years, but it seemed like a good bread for Valentine’s Day and sure enough, it was a hit with Fuzz who said the flavors reminded her of Italy.
I followed the recipe as written, but halved it and used dried rosemary leaves in place of the oregano and shredded Parmesan in place of the Asiago.
Update: Here’s the original recipe for the Rolls. Over the years I’ve made these many times, but I almost always use quick rising yeast and a different mixing method. Also, I sometimes halve the recipe and make 8.
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 package quick rising yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 3 2/3 cups bread flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
- 3/4 cup 1% low-fat milk
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 3 tablespoons chopped pitted kalamata olives
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated Asiago cheese
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the sugar, yeast, and all but 1 cup of the bread flour. Stir well.
- Add the water, milk, oregano and olive oil. Gradually add remaining flour until you have a dough that is not too sticky to knead. Attach dough hook to mixer and let the machine knead for about 6 minutes or until smooth an elastic. If kneading by hand, it might take up to 10 minutes.
- Transfer to an oiled bowl and let rise, covered, in a warm place (85°) free of drafts. With the quick yeast this should take about 45 minutes.
- Punch dough down. Cover and let rest 5 minutes. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Arrange olives over dough; knead gently 4 to 5 times or until olives are incorporated into dough. Cover and let rest 10 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375°. Punch dough down and divide into 16 portions. Roll each portion into a 2-inch ball and place on baking sheets (or in 9x13 inch pans) coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
- Cut a 1/4-inch-deep "X" in the top of each roll. Combine water and egg white; brush over rolls. Bake at 375° for 18 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven; immediately sprinkle with cheese. Serve warm.