Knotted Yeast Rolls with Sesame Seeds

It’s fun to shape this velvety dough into knot shapes.

Serves: 20Hands-on: 35 minutesTotal: 2 hours 25 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 20


  • 1 package (2 1⁄4 tsp.) active dry yeast
  • 1⁄4 cup warm water
  • 3⁄4 cup milk
  • 1⁄4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1⁄4 cup butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted


  • In large bowl, combine yeast and warm water; set aside.
  • In heavy saucepan, combine milk, sugar, honey, and 1⁄4 cup butter; heat until butter melts. Let cool to lukewarm. Add along with egg to yeast mixture; beat for 1 minute. Gradually add enough flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto floured surface and knead for 5 minutes.
  • Place dough in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise for 1 hour. Punch down dough and divide into 4 equal pieces; divide each piece into five smaller balls; roll each ball into a 6-inch rope. Loosely shape each rope into a knot, and place on ungreased cookie sheets, tucking ends under roll. Cover and let rise until almost doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Sprinkle tops of rolls with sesame seeds and bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Remove from cookie sheets to wire racks and immediately brush with the melted butter. Let cool completely.