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Sunday, October 01, 2006

Cottage Dill Rolls

These are one of my favorite things of all time! I first became acquainted with Cottage Dill Rolls in culinary school, when we made them as part of our advanced baking and pastry class. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. In fact, I became friends with the instructor of that class, and as I progressed through the program, she'd usually find a way to come find me to share one on Cottage Dill Roll night - fortunately that was every 3 weeks. I later took the recipe to Deer Valley where I did my pastry externship and baked the dough in loaf pans for a lovely cottage dill bread. I don't make them often enough, but I've had "itchy fingers" lately (my friends know that to mean my fingers get all wiggly when I talk about my next creative culinary project because I can't stand the excitement, or to mean that I haven't had a culinary creative outlet lately and need to think of one.) and conference weekend seemed like a lovely time to get some baking in.

Alas, I had actually tried to make a batch last Wednesday, only to discover that my yeast was dead, so today was my second attempt. This time I let the cottage cheese and the egg come to room temperature before starting so they wouldn't slow down the development of the yeast. And with new yeast they came out amazingly well. Soft, pillowy, rich rolls with a hint of onion and specks of fresh dill, topped with egg wash and kosher salt. My mouth is still watering.... I'm thinking Cottage Dill Rolls will have to be part of my upcoming Holiday Foods class curriculum. They're a great part of Thanksgiving dinner.

For those of you who are inclined to give them a try, here's the recipe:

Cottage Dill Rolls
1/4 c warm water
2 T sugar
1/4 oz dry yeast
6 oz cottage cheese
1 egg
2-4 T minced onion
1 T fresh dill, chopped fine
1/2 t baking soda
10 oz AP flour
1 egg
2 t water or milk or cream
kosher salt

Proof the yeast, water and sugar in a small bowl for 5 minutes. In a large bowl, mix together the cottage cheese, egg, onion, dill, and baking soda. Add the yeast and mix. Add the flour and knead until you have a firm but smooth dough. Let double in size. Form into 2 oz balls and let rise again. Mix the egg and water or milk or cream together to make an egg wash. Paint the rolls and garnish with a good amount of kosher salt. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown. (It took 20 minutes in my oven, and I rotated them halfway through.)


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is exactly the recipe I was looking for. I have not had them since I was in school and 24 years later I still remember them being just about the best roll I ever had.

11/18/2013 9:47 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

From '85-'87 I attended and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, and in Bakeshop with Chef Behrendt on March 24, 1987 I have my original hand written notes for Cottage Cheese Dill Rolls we made for the American Bounty restaurant. Although similar my recipe calls for the inclusion of fresh dill and horseradish.

5/25/2016 7:51 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Lost all my notes from CIA, long story but everything was destroyed, but managed to contact one of the current pastry chefs and he gave me the original recipe, once I find it I will compare and post ingredients for comparing versions. We literally stole rolls going out to the American Bounty and put them in our pockets for later; lol Chef always got P.O'd because we had to make another batch almost every day, everyone ate so many Still remains the best dinner roll recipe that exists. Thanks for the post.

12/07/2017 11:18 AM  
Blogger Melissa Sibert said... glad to find this recipe again after 25 years. I was a baking and pastry student at the CIA in 1994-95. Loved these rolls. They were the best combination of flavors but the buttery salted tops were what set them apart.

6/13/2020 12:49 PM  

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