Pull Apart Cornmeal Dinner Rolls

This is another recipe I clipped from Midwest Living magazine. I made these yesterday and they are really wonderful! I sprinkled some of them with freshly ground black pepper as well. As far as flavor goes they are a little bland, but I think most rolls are, which is why we add butter :) Instead of butter, we dipped these finger sized rolls into beef soup that cooked in the crockpot all day.

And what do you think of these photos?? I’m so excited, some of these were taken in the lightbox I made for myself. I will be posting instructions on how to make that soon!

Pull Apart Cornmeal Dinner Rolls
adapted from Midwest Living Magazine


1 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1 tsp. salt
1 pkg. active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (105 degrees F to 115 degrees F)
1 egg, lightly beaten
3-1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
Butter, melted
Yellow cornmeal (optional)

In small saucepan, combine milk, sugar, 1/4 cup butter, 1/4 cup cornmeal and salt; cook and stir until warm (105 degrees F to 115 degrees F).

In large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add egg and milk mixture. Gradually stir in enough flour to make a soft dough. Turn out onto lightly floured surface; knead gently 2 to 3 minutes to make a smooth ball. (Knead in just enough remaining flour so dough is no longer sticky.) Place in greased bowl, turning once to grease surface. Cover; let rise in warm place until doubled in size (1 hour). Punch dough down; turn out on lightly floured surface. Let dough rest for 10 minutes. Grease 15x10x1-inch baking pan.

To shape rolls, roll or pat dough to a 10×8-inch rectangle about 3/4-inch thick. Cut into 2-1/2×1-inch strips. Arrange strips in prepared pan, leaving about 1/2 inch between each strip. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled in size (about 30 minutes).

Brush with melted butter. Sprinkle with additional cornmeal, if you like. Bake in a 400 degree F oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden and rolls sound hollow when lightly tapped. Remove from pan. Serve warm or room temperature. Makes 32 rolls.

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18 Responses to Pull Apart Cornmeal Dinner Rolls

  1. 1
    Maria says:

    Love the photos! Nice job on creating your own light box, we bought one, but I still struggle because I don’t know how to use the darn camera. Too many settings:)

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    Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" says:

    These look great!!

    I’m still bugging my Husband to buy me stuff so I can set up a light box.

  3. 3
    Carrie says:

    Oh, those look delicious. I think I will steal the recipe and make those for supper tomorrow night. ;-)

  4. 4
    5 Star Foodie says:

    The photos look great and the rolls look very delicious!

  5. 5
    Coleen's Recipes says:

    Fabulous photos. I don’t have a light box…I’m envious.

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    MaryBeth says:

    These little Dinner Rolls look amazing Amanda. I am sure they taste wonderful!

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    Tami says:

    The rolls look really good. I bet they were fantastic dipped into soup!

    Great work making your own light box!

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    Kim says:

    I might have to make those rolls this weekend. You pictures look great. Can’t wait to see the instructions on the light box!

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    Ingrid says:

    Those look terrific…both the photos and the rolls themselves!

    My honey made me one of those light boxed but my light clip on to the sides and shine inside from the front. I like how yours shines in through the sides.

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    Elle says:

    oh, pretty rolls and pretty photos, too! Good job on the lightbox!

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    Carrie says:

    Amanda, I made these last night for supper. I added a dash or two of Italian season when I mixed these up It helped the flavor of the bread.

    I also think now that when I make these again I will sprinkle a bit of garlic over the top of these when I butter then before baking. ‘Course hubby is a garlic fan and we garlic most things.

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    Culinary Cory says:

    I’m going to add this to my list of things to make. Your pictures make them look really tasty.

  13. 13
    Anonymous says:

    "Add Egg and Milk Mixture" …Where does it say Add Egg to Milk Mixture?

    Don't see where the Egg goes in at any point in the Recipe..

  14. 14
    Amanda says:

    I'm thinking you may have just read the recipe too quickly. It states:

    "In small saucepan, combine milk, sugar, 1/4 cup butter, 1/4 cup cornmeal and salt; cook and stir until warm (105 degrees F to 115 degrees F).

    In large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add egg and milk mixture. Gradually stir in enough flour to make a soft dough. "

    So, you combine everything in the first paragraph – that makes up the milk mixture.

    Then you dissolve the yeast in the warm water.

    Then you add the egg and the milk mixture to the yeast mixture and continue with the recipe. Enjoy!

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    One of Ottawa's Real Foodies says:

    Thanks for the info on parbaking the dinner rolls. As an FYI, I also made these buns a while ago. I was drawn to them because the recipe reminded me so much about our favorite rolls at our regular restaurant, Zola's. We went there last week after a long absence and I just had to do a shout out to you. The recipe is very close to what Zola's bakes in-house.


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    sheila @ Elements says:

    These sound great! I'll have to make a batch these days! Thanks! :)

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