Buttercrust Flake-Aparts (Fan Tans)


4 to 5 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 packages (scant tablespoon each) active dry yeast
1-1/2 cups buttermilk or sour milk
1/2 cup butter plus 2 tablespoons melted butter


In a large mixer bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, salt, soda, and yeast. In a saucepan, heat buttermilk and ½ cup butter until buttermilk is warm (butter does not need to melt). Add to flour mixture. Blend with mixer at lowest speed until moistened, then beat for 2 minutes at medium speed. By hand, stir in the remaining flour to make a stiff dough. Cover and let rise in a warm place until light and doubled in size (about 1 hour). Punch down dough. On a floured board, roll out dough to a 15-inch square. Brush with 2 tablespoons melted butter, and cut dough into 1-½-inch-wide strips. Stack 5 strips together and cut into stacks 1-½ inches long. Place cut-side down in greased muffin cups. Cover and let rise until doubled (about 30 minutes). Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown. Serve warm.


Makes about 20 rolls.

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