Makes 18 rolls
Pour the water over the butter. Cool. Add cream, salt, eggs, vanilla and the yeast mixed with the tablespoon sugar. Let stand 10 minutes. Add the flour. The dough will be stiff but not sticky.
Let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk. Punch down. Cut off pieces of dough with a spoon and roll in the ground nuts mixed with the sugar. Twist each piece into a figure 8. Place on greased baking sheets and let rest 10 minutes.
Bake in a preheated 450° oven 10 to 15 minutes.