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Buttermilk Rolls

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 35 min (includes standing and rising times)
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 12 rolls
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1 cup buttermilk

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for the baking dish 

1 tablespoon sugar 

1/4 teaspoon baking soda 

One .25-ounce package dry yeast 

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 

1 teaspoon salt 


  1. Heat the buttermilk, butter and sugar in a pot until simmering; whisk in the baking soda, then let cool to lukewarm. Meanwhile, put 1/4 cup lukewarm water in a bowl and stir in the yeast; let stand 5 minutes. Whisk the yeast mixture into the buttermilk mixture.
  2. Whisk the flour and salt together in a large bowl. Add the liquid and mix until a soft dough forms. Knead the dough in the bowl until it comes together and is smooth, about 2 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand 30 minutes.
  3. Butter a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish. Divide the dough into 12 pieces and roll each piece into a ball. Arrange the balls in the buttered dish. Lightly cover with plastic wrap and let rise until nearly doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  5. Bake the rolls until puffed and golden brown, about 15 minutes. Serve warm.