Herbed Cheddar Crescents

The Champion Dinner Rolls title was won with this recipe. Cheddar cheese and Italian seasoning are unique additions to the dough.

Yield

2 dozen

Ingredients

4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated (white) sugar
2 (1/4 ounce) packages active dry yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups milk
7 tablespoons butter, divided
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon water

Directions

In a large bowl, combine 3 cups flour, cheese, sugar, yeast, Italian seasoning and salt. In a saucepan, heat milk and 4 tablespoons butter to 120°F to 130°F (49°C to 54°C). Add to dry ingredients; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (do not knead). Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into thirds. Roll each portion into a 10-in. circle. Melt remaining butter; brush over dough. Cut each circle into eight wedges. Roll up wedges from the wide end and place pointed side down 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets. Curve ends down to form crescent shape. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 50 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Beat egg yolk and water; brush over crescents. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden. Remove from pans to wire cooling racks.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 30 minutes + rising
Bake Time: 15 minutes

Storage

Store in the refrigerator.

Nutritional Information

1 serving (1 each) equals 289 calories, 11 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 50 mg cholesterol, 338 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 8 g protein.

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