jalapeno parmesan swirl bread rolls in towel lined basket showcasing swirlsI made swirl bread rolls today. Of the savory variety. With Jalapeno and parmesan. It’s a bread meets pretzel love affair gone perfectly right.

I use these as my anxiety calming drug. I don’t pop the pills. I use swirl bread rolls instead.

See, there’s this horrible, terrible, making you wish you didn’t eat three pieces of cake last week event coming up. {Gulp} The daunting, 10 year Class Reunion. Its where you get together with people that made fun of you during your awkward teenage years and weren’t afraid to tell you you’re kind of ugly. Great. Can’t wait.

Can’t we all just become friends on Facebook and Twitter and consider ourselves all caught up on each other’s business. I mean, it’s not like anyones actually going to bring their dirty laundry. That’s the kind of stuff you keep locked up under your bed, not air it out in front of 900 peers. And while we’re being honest, everyone knows, half of the people that go to these events really only go to make themselves feel better about where they are in life. It’s true.

I think i’ve finally decided to politely decline the invitation.

top down shot of swirled bread rolls on tea towel on marble

Here’s how its going to go if I dont.

Hello. Yup, it’s me Marzia. Yes, that’s right! We did have Spanish together 1st period. Mhm… Mr. Stevens was a great geometry teacher. Yeah, I went to college in town. Yes, i’m suppose to be a dietician. That’s right. I started off doing interior design. Quit. Became a makeup artist for MAC while studying nutrition. I’m all over the place. {insert nervous laugh} Just got married 2 years ago. No kids. I read books for fun and bake brownies when i’m upset. And when my cakes don’t come out right, I cry. A lot. *Husband nods head* Awesome. Yea.. I do look different. I grew out of my awkward, manly phase. Almost pretty… thanks!

See why I think i’m not going. It’ll be more awkward than accidentally sending a pile of lemons scurrying across the grocery store floor, terrorizing the place.

I need more swirl bread rolls and a good reason to go.

scattered ingredients for rolls on wood surfaceThis is easy, easy, easy. We’re gonna dump a bunch of ingredients in a mixer and mix. Then we’re gonna let it sit and plump up. Roll it out and fill it up.

showing packaging of milk powder on wood surface with other ingredientsHere’s a picture of what the powdered milk looks like. I found mine in the baking aisle near the evaporated and condensed milk.

dough for rolls in clear glass bowl on wood surfaceDough should be really loose. Do not add anymore flour. The softer the dough, the better the rolls.

Cut dough in half. Roll out the dough. Brush with melted butter. Sprinkle the garlic, parmesan and parsley.

dough log on marble surface Roll the dough up from one side to the other.

cut long with rolls in muffin pansSlice the dough into one inch thick slices and place swirl side up in muffin pan. Brush with butter before baking.

prepared rolls on marble surface

Yield: serves 16

Jalapeno Parmesan Swirl Bread Rolls

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes


  • 3 cups self rising flour
  • 2 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons dry milk powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons jarred jalapenos (rinse under water, dry, and chop finely)
  • 3/4 cup + 1 tablespoons luke warm water (105°F to 115°F), divided
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted


    1. Place the self rising flour, yeast, dry milk powder, salt, sugar, granulated garlic, oil, egg, and chopped jalapenos to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the hook attachment or to the bowl of a bread machine. Add the water to the bowl and mix on medium low until the dough is completely incorporated about 1 to 2 minutes. The dough should be extremely soft. If it's not, continue to mix with 1 more tablespoon of water for a few more seconds. Grease a bowl with oil and place the dough in the bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Place the bowl in an oven thats turned OFF. Let rest for 2 - 3 hours until the dough triples in size.
    2. Place two racks near the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Remove the dough from the bowl and bang the dough on a clean surface to remove air. Cut the dough in half. Roll the dough out into 10in x 16in with 1/4 inch thickness. Brush a quarter of the butter on the dough. Spread half the minced garlic, parmesan cheese, and parsley on the dough and roll the dough from one end to the other. Cut 1 inch thick slices and place the slices into a muffin tray with swirl side up, pressing down lightly. Repeat with other half of dough. Brush the remaining butter on the tops. Bake rolls for 15 minutes or until the tops are just golden brown. Serve warm.

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