Three-Cheese Crescents

Total Time:
3 hr 40 min
3 hr 15 min
25 min

24 rolls

  • Basic Dinner-Roll Dough
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Cooking spray
  • All-purpose flour, for dusting
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup grated havarti cheese (about 4 ounces)
  • 1 cup grated sharp white cheddar cheese (about 4 ounces)
  • 3/4 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 3/4 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Make the Basic Dinner-Roll Dough, using the parmesan as the mix-in. Let rise as directed.

  • Lightly coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide in half. Roll or stretch each half into a 12-inch round, about 1/4 inch thick. Brush each round with some of the beaten egg and sprinkle with the havarti and cheddar, leaving a 1-inch border. Lightly press on the cheese to ensure it sticks.

  • Cut each round into 12 wedges with a pizza cutter or chef's knife. Starting from the wide ends, roll up each wedge. Place the rolls on the prepared baking sheets, bending the ends slightly to create a crescent. Loosely cover with plastic wrap; let stand until puffy, about 45 minutes.

  • Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven; preheat to 375 degrees F. Combine the sesame seeds, poppy seeds and salt in a small bowl. Brush the crescents with the remaining beaten egg and sprinkle with the seed mixture. Bake, switching and rotating the baking sheets halfway through, until the rolls are golden brown, about 25 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

  • Photograph by Ryan Liebe

Yeast Tips

Check the label: Make sure you use the type of yeast in the recipe. Active dry yeast is not interchangeable with rapid-rise or instant yeast.

Use a thermometer: Don't guess the heat of the liquid you're adding; take its temperature. It must be at least 110 degrees F to activate the yeast.

Watch your dough: Rising times can vary depending on the heat of your kitchen. Use the times as a guideline and follow visual cues for all the steps.

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