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By Amy Palanjian on

4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter

1/2 teaspoon fine salt

3 1/2 to 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1/3 cup jam

Stir the yeast, water and sugar together in a large bowl. Let stand until yeast is bubbly, about 5 minutes.

Bring the milk just to a boil in a small pot over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir in the butter to cool. Pour over yeast mixture and add the salt.

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Add 2 cups of flour, stirring well, then stir in the egg. Stir in an additional 1 1/2 cups flour, using your hands to finish bringing the dough together as needed. Knead, adding up to remaining 1/4 cup additional flour as needed, until the dough is smooth and bounces back slightly when pressed on with a finger, about 5 minutes. Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Grease a baking sheet and set aside. Break off 1 golf ball-sized piece of dough at a time and shape each into a 3-inch-wide, 1-inch-thick circle. Place onto the prepared baking sheet and let rise for 20 minutes.

Using a finger, press a wide well in the center of each dough round. Fill each round with 1 teaspoon jam. Let rise while arranging a rack in the middle of the oven heating to 350 F.

Bake until just lightly browned, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer to wire racks, cool, and serve.

(Amy Palanjian is a contributor to, a nationally known blog for people who love food and home cooking. Submit any comments or questions to


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