Recipe courtesy of Nadia G
Soft Little Breads with Bacon and Onions
3 hr 15 min
25 min
28 small rolls
3 hr 15 min
25 min
28 small rolls


  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons raw sugar
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 4 to 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour or bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 6 slices bacon, finely chopped
  • 1/2 Vidalia onion, finely chopped
  • Pinch fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 1 egg yolk, for egg wash


For the dough: Whisk together the water, sugar and yeast in a large bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes. Sift together 4 cups of the flour and the sea salt in another large bowl. Set aside. Heat a saucepan over medium heat. Add the milk, butter and yolks and whisk until the butter has melted, about 5 minutes. Pour this mixture into the yeast mixture. Make a well in the center of the flour and add the liquid. Mix the flour with the liquid using your hands until a sticky ball forms. Add more flour if needed. Knead the dough until elastic on a lightly-floured surface, 10 minutes. Coat a large bowl with the canola oil and place the dough inside and cover in plastic wrap. Let the dough rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour 30 minutes. Punch down the dough and divide into about 28 golf-ball-size balls. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise again until doubled in size, about 1 hour longer. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

For the filling: Mix together the bacon, onions and thyme in a small bowl. Take a dough ball and gently stretch out into a 3-inch-diameter flat disk. Place 1 teaspoon of the filling in the center and pinch to seal. Turn over seam-side down and gently form into an oval. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat with the remaining dough balls. Mix together a splash of water and the egg yolk in a small bowl. Brush each roll using a pastry brush. Bake in the center of the oven until the rolls are firm to the touch and golden, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool slightly. Serve warm.

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