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Lemon Gorgonzola Wreath

This post was sponsored by Red Star Yeast. I love working with yeast and teaching others how easy it is to do, so I’m super excited about this partnership!

Remember when I made my mirror glaze cake last month and I called it a high-risk recipe – one where so many things could go wrong? I went on to say that, “It might not be the dessert you choose to make when your mother-in-law is coming over for dinner for the first time.” Well, as fancy as my lemon Gorgonzola wreath looks, this is an extremely low-risk recipe. It is fast and easy to make and, when is bread and cheese ever not a crowd-pleaser?!

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I’ve teamed up with Red Star Yeast to bring you this recipe. I’m excited to tell you more about them since I’ve used and loved their products for years! I had never tried their Platinum yeast before this recipe. Unlike any other yeast on the market, Red Star Platinum yeast contains natural dough improvers which make the bread extra fluffy and adds tolerance to variations in kneading, rising, and flour quality. Basically, the Platinum yeast is foolproof! It’s going to be my go-to yeast from now on!

I couldn’t believe how fluffy my rolls came out with this yeast with only 10 minutes of rising before going into the oven! You can make this recipe with Red Star’s Quick-Rise Yeast as well and it will still be great, but, try Platinum for the maximum in fluffiness. There’s a buy one get one free coupon on Red Star’s site.

Lemon Gorgonzola Wreath

Let’s talk more about the specifics of this recipe. First, I love how the rolls and the cheese dip bake together so when they come out of the oven you have hot rolls and hot dip. Ah-maz-ing!

Lemon Gorgonzola Wreath

The rolls themselves are doughy white poppy seed rolls, and they get their springy lemon flavor when you brush them with lemon butter and add fresh lemon zest as soon as they come out of the oven. The dip is a tangy blend of sour cream, white cheddar, and Gorgonzola.

The Lemon Gorgonzola Wreath Recipe

For years, I’ve been preaching that baking from scratch isn’t something to be scared of and that most recipes don’t require the level of perfectionism so often associated with baking. I am not a Type A perfectionist at all! When I divide my rolls into 12 parts, they aren’t remotely equal in size. You can weigh yours out and make them perfect, but if they aren’t, it simply doesn’t matter.

Lemon Gorgonzola Wreath

My recipe says to knead for five minutes. I’ve now made this recipe four times. Sometimes I knead for five minutes, sometimes I knead for three minutes, and I think one of the times I only kneaded for one minute. This yeast is so forgiving. You simply don’t knead (pun intended) to worry.

If you've tried this recipe, please RATE THE RECIPE and leave a comment below!

Lemon Gorgonzola Wreath
4.8 from 5 votes

Lemon Gorgonzola Wreath

Fluffy lemon rolls with a hot Gorgonzola dip.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword gorgonzola dip, holiday recipes, lemon rolls
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 325 kcal


Roll Ingredients

  • 1 packet Red Star Platinum yeast you can also use an equal amount of Red Star Quick-Rise yeast
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds

Gorgonzola Dip Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 3/8 ounces Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1 1/2 ounces shredded white cheddar

Topping Ingredients

  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter melted
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh parsley chopped finely, to taste, for garnish


Roll Instructions

  1. Place Red Star Platinum yeast and sugar in a large mixing bowl.

  2. Mix melted butter and milk in a small bowl. The mixture should feel warm to the touch, but not burning hot.

  3. Pour over yeast/sugar and stir to combine.
  4. Mix in salt and egg.
  5. Mix in flour a little bit at a time until the dough comes together. If the dough still feels very sticky, you can add a little bit extra flour.

  6. Turn out onto a floured board and knead for five minutes.
  7. Divide dough into 12 pieces.
  8. Roll each piece into a small log, sprinkle the log with poppy seeds, and tie into a knot.

  9. Place knots in a circle around the perimeter of a 9 1/2" oven-safe skillet. Set aside while you make the dip (the rolls need to rest for ten minutes before baking).

Gorgonzola Dip and Baking Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Mix sour cream and Gorgonzola cheese in a small bowl.
  3. Mix in white cheddar until fully combined.
  4. Pour dip into the center of the skillet with the dough knots.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until the rolls are lightly browned on top.

Topping Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix lemon juice and melted butter.
  2. Brush lemon butter over the tops of the rolls.

  3. Distribute lemon zest and Parmesan evenly over the rolls.

  4. Sprinkle parsley over the dip.
  5. Serve immediately.

Recipe Video

Lemon Gorgonzola Wreath

When you give this recipe a try, be sure to tag me (@cupcakeproject) and (@redstaryeast) on social media! We can’t wait to see how yours turns out!

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12 comments on “Lemon Gorgonzola Wreath”

  1. juliesays:

    Appetizer, schmapetizer — I want these for dinner!

  2. fnafsays:

    Omgosh it sounds good I should make it for dinner!

  3. Terri Betzsays:

    This dish looks amazing! Making it today! Thanks for sharing! Will try new yeast too.

  4. Bethsays:

    This looks delicious! Are there any cheeses other than Gorgonzola that you think might taste good in it?

  5. Terrisays:

    Making these for brunch this weekend!

  6. Shirleysays:

    Hi. What if I just want to make plain rolls? My husband and kids love it that way, especially the Hawaiian. Wanted to try making something close for them.I have baked rolls too many times but I got it right only one time,that was it! It was so frustrating that I stopped trying. Please help me.

    • Stefsays:

      You can use this same recipe and leave out the lemon and the whole cheese dip. You may want to double it. I tried this and it worked great!

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  8. Haduasays:

    Its feels really good, so want to make it.

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