One of the things I miss most about Juneau is Pie in the Sky Bakery. Andrea, the owner, shared the building with where I used to work and I loved to indulge in her baked goods. One of my favorite things was Ham and Swiss Rolls. She would make these daily, and I would often buy one for breakfast, or lunch. After moving back to Flagstaff I found myself wishing I could have one of her rolls, so I started to search for easy and delicious looking recipes.
Most of the recipes I found weren’t quite right. So I decided I would just find a great crescent roll recipe and roll up some ham and swiss inside and call it good. This recipe that I am using is just amazing. So good. The dough is filling and slightly sweet. It’s perfect without the ham and swiss as dinner rolls, but it’s even better with the extras.
Recipe: Ham and Swiss Rolls
2.5 tsp. active dry yeast
1/3 c. warm water
3 1/2 c. flour
2 TBS sugar
3/4 c. milk
4 TBS butter, melted
1 pkg. thin sliced ham
1 pkg. pre-sliced swiss cheese
To make the dough: Dissolve the yeast in the water, set aside. In a bowl, stir together the flour and sugar. Add the milk, eggs, yeasted water, and butter one at a time, stirring with a wooden spood as you add each ingredient. When it becomes difficult to mix with a wooden spoon, turn out onto a clean surface and knead the excess flour into the dough until smooth.
Let the dough sit in the bowl, covered with plastic wrap or a damp towel for about an hour, or until it doubles. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit.
While the oven is preheating, punch the dough down and cut in half. Roll out on a lightly floured surface, cut into 8 sections.
Here you have two options:
Option 1: Butter each slice and roll up, starting from the ‘flat’ side and working to the point. Place on an oiled sheet and let rise for 20 minutes.
Option 2: Place a slice of ham and swiss cheese on each triangle. Roll up, starting from the ‘flat’ side and working to the point. Place on an oiled sheet and let rise for 20 minutes.
Brush each roll with butter or milk. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes, until golden brown.
Enjoy. They’re fantastic.