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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Clover Leaf Rolls

Cloverleaf Sweet Rolls

These were always a favorite at our family holiday potlucks. My Aunt Doris made them from scratch. The following is her recipe, but using frozen roll dough.

1 # frozen bread dough, thawed
3 doz pecan halves
1/4 c brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, divided

Allow thawed bread dough to rise about 1 hour or until double in size. Grease a muffin tin. Place 3 pecan halves in the bottom of each muffin cup. Add a rounded teaspoon of brown sugar and a pat of butter (about 1 teaspoon). Cut the dough into 3 dozen small rounds, Roll in your hands until smooth and tuck 3 into each muffin cup.  Let rise again, about 30 minutes. Bake 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until desired brownness.  Brush tops with melted butter. Invert onto waxed paper. Makes 1 dozen rolls.

Option - make the dough from scratch.
1 pkg active dry yeast dissolved in 1/4 C warm water
1 C milk, scalded
1/4 C shortening (I use cooking oil)
1/4 C sugar
1 t salt
3 1/2 C flour
1 egg

Add sugar, shortening and salt to scalded milk. Let cool slightly.
Add 1 1/2 C of flour and beat well
Beat in yeast and egg
Gradually add remaining flour to make a soft dough
Placed in greased bowl, turning once to grease surface.
Cover and let rise until double. 
Punch down and make small rounds, about 1"
Follow recipe above, using 3 small rounds in each muffin cup.
Makes 2 dozen Cloverleaf rolls so you will need to double recipe for pecans, brown sugar and butter given above. 

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