Recipe: Clover Rolls

These are our very favorite rolls and they only take a little over an hour to make!  They would take a little longer if you want to roll each individual piece of dough into a ball to make perfect clover-like rolls, but I go for the rustic look and arrange the pieces to look more like flowers, or weeds.  They taste just as good, though!  I make these for Thanksgiving or a weeknight dinner that needs a little umph.  Basically, you can make them for anything!

Clover Rolls
Yields 24
Our very favorite rolls, perfect for any occasion and are done, start to finish, in about an hour!
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Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup low-fat milk
  2. 1/4 cup sugar
  3. 2 teaspoons salt
  4. 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  5. 3 packages (or 2 Tbs + 3/4 tsps.) of dry active yeast
  6. 1 1/2 cups warm water (105F – 115F)
  7. 5 – 6 cups all-purpose flour*
Instructions
  1. Combine milk, sugar, and butter in a small sauce pan and heat on low until the butter is melted and sugar is dissolved, until lukewarm.
  2. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water (not too warm or it will kill the yeast) and let rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the warm milk mixture to the yeast mixture and about 2 cups of flour and the salt. Once combined, mix on low with a bread hook for about 1 minute.
  4. Add the rest of the flour ½ cup at a time until the dough starts to clean the sides of the bowl, then mix for 2 more minutes.
  5. Cover the bowl and let rise for 20 minutes.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, turn out the dough and form into an evenly thick “log.” Divide the log into 24 equally sized pieces, then divide each of those pieces into three little pieces. Arrange three small pieces nicely into one muffin well in a muffin tin.** Repeat until all muffin wells are full.
  7. Cover and let rise for 20 more minutes.
  8. Bake at 425 for about 12 minutes. Best right out of the oven!
Notes
  1. *I find that 5 and 1/2 cups is perfect.
  2. **I like to use silicone baking cups for easy clean up!
Adapted from Lick the Bowl Good
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