Are you looking for a fancy-looking, but easy to make roll for Thanksgiving dinner? The cloverleaf roll is it! These look so fantastic, no one will ever know you didn't slave over these...
Shaped rolls are a great way to add a little bit of decorative class to any dinner. However, don't let the lack of ingredients and instructions fool you into thinking these are simple. Although they are not extremely difficult, I do recommend making them a couple times for practice before the day of a big dinner, like Thanksgiving. :)
There are basically 2 ingredients, flour and Rhodes dinner rolls. Yes, make sure you have dinner rolls. My first attempt I made the mistake of thinking Texas rolls would be an adequate substitute. These rolls are larger and will overraise and cause your rolls to combine into one roll. They will not have the "clover" appearance.
Allow your rolls to thaw, but make sure they are still cold. With scissors or a knife, cut the rolls in half.
Roll each half into a ball and dust gently with flour. This was mistake number 2. I didn't realize the importance of the flour. The flour allows the rolls to keep their form without sticking and growing together when rising.
Place three halves in each cup of a sprayed muffin tin.
Cover with a sprayed plastic wrap. Let them rise until they double in size. Once again, mistake 3 was allowing them to overrise. Watch these rolls carefully during the rising period. Let them rise until they are just barely over the top of the tin.
Remove wrap and bake at 350° F 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
There are also several variations to the Cloverleaf roll such as adding lemon or lime zest to give them a delcious burst of citrus. :) Check out Rhodesbread.com for more recipes.
Cloverleaf RollsServings: 9 | Skills: Beginning | Prep Time: 5 min (not including thaw time) | Bake Time: 15-20 min
These easy rolls complete a menu with just the right visually pleasing, finishing touch.Cloverleaf Rolls
Rhodes Yeast Dinner Rolls, thawed but still cold
soft butter or margarine
flour, if desired
With scissors or knife, cut rolls in half. Place three halves in each cup of sprayed muffin tin. If desired, dust rolls with flour first. Brush butter or margarine between roll halves. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap. Let rise until double in size. Remove wrap and bake at 350°F 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.