Boom Island Thanksgiving Pairing No. 5: Witness & Witness Honey Rolls

IMG_8009It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving dinner without a side of Rolls to go with your fabulous Turkey. Our recipe combines the citrus flavors of Witness Wit with the light, fluffy texture of a great roll.

recipe adapted from Jackie at by Samantha Haddow
yields 18 rolls

Ingredients for the rolls
• 1/2 cup heavy cream
• 1 Tbsp dry active yeast
• 5 cups bread flour
• ¼ cup dry milk powder
• ¼ tsp salt
• 2/3 cup Witness Wit
• 4 eggs
• 4 Tbsp honey
• 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened for the tops of the rolls
• 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
• 1 tsp honey
• ½ tsp coarse salt
• ½ tsp orange zest
• pinch of ground coriander

In a small saucepan over low heat, warm the cream to about 110°F. Add the yeast and set aside until foamy, about 5 minutes

In a medium bowl sift together the flour, salt and dry milk powder. Add the cream and the Witness, mix until just combined. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing thoroughly between additions. Add the honey and butter and stir until combined. Turn the dough out onto a clean work surface and knead for 10-12 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic and no longer sticky.

Coat the inside of large bowl with oil. Form the dough into a ball place in the bowl. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm room until doubled in size.

Turn out the down onto a clean work surface and knead lightly for about 1 minute.

Cut the dough in half, then into thirds to form 6 equal sized pieces. Cut each piece into third again to create 18 equally sized pieces.

Gently roll each piece of dough, forming a smooth ball. Using two 9 x 9 inch baking dishes, arrange the rolls leaving a bit of space between each. Cover and allow to rise until about doubled in size.

Heat oven to 400 (the perfect time is right after the turkey has been removed to rest)

Combine the melted butter and honey. Brush the top of the rolls with honey butter mixture, sprinkle with salt, zest and coriander.

Bake at 400 for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.


*Recipe tried & tasted by Samantha Haddow
*Photo by Heather Hanson Photography LLC

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