Pan au Lait

These rolls are very good and lots of fun to make.  My family gobbled these down straight out of the oven.
Here is the list of ingredients:
 3-1/2 C. unbleached bread flour
4 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon rapid rise yeast
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1½ cups milk
6½ tablespoons butter,  softened
1 egg yolk beaten with 1/2 teaspoon sugar to make an egg wash
Coarse salt, for finishing

Mix the ingredients until you have a shaggy, sticky dough.  Let it sit in the bowl for 30 minutes.

On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to about an 8X15 rectangle. Use just enough flour to keep it from sticking.  Fold it into thirds, wrap it in plastic and place it in the freezer for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, remove it from the freezer and roll it out again to the same size.

Fold it again and freeze it for another 30 minutes.

Then roll it out again. Fold it and freeze it for 30 more minutes. Remove it from the freezer and roll it again to an 8X15 rectangle.

Cut it into 4 long strips and cut the strips into 2X2 inch squares.  Cover them with a damp towel and let them rise for about an hour.


Mix 1 egg yolk with 1 teaspoon of sugar and brush the tops of the risen rolls.

Sprinkle them with course salt.

Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes or until the tops are golden. These are crunchy on the outside and flaky and light on the inside.


jody said…
These look wonderful! Fun to make in addition to any meal altho they probably wouldn't make it to the table!
Nellie said…
There is nothing like fresh homemade rolls!
Anonymous said…
those are beautiful, you make the most unique bread, I wish I was more adventuresome, I make us a loaf every two days but the most adventuresome I go is to add cheese or herbs, you are an inspiration for sure,
Ian's Girl said…
Rather like croissants, no? They look lovely!
Anonymous said…
How fun, I just bought some yesterday on my way home :-) They are soo tasty and perfect for breakfast :-) Perhaps I should make them myself next time.

Have a great day!
Alicia Foodycat said…
Oh these look like absolute perfection! I definitely want to try these!
They look yummy and delicious
Guillaume said…
I wish I could bake bread, but I don't have the place, the space and right now it is so darn hot.
I can smell them baking. YUMMY.
1st Man said…
Those look delicious. I must show 2nd Man. And I also want to say, I LOVE the rolling pin. It's beautiful.
I know, I know, I know that one should not cry at a description of rolls...but I darn near did. Am I a food addict? Probably!! I am thinking of baskets lined with napkins at each end of a Fall table all set with my new dishes..(which are still not here) family will be overwhelmed, OR maybe I can get the bakery to bake them. As you know...I've raised a bunch of foodies... :)
Thanks so much for the recipe, Joyce! It's going to Cheryl.