My Mother-in-law Mary makes the BEST rolls. I mean THE BEST. These are NOT, I repeat NOT your standard run of the mill, buy in the deli section crescent rolls in a can.
I have been to numerous dinners where she served these rolls and if you were to ask ANYONE what their favorite part of the meal was. They would tell you, without hesitation, the rolls!
Mary was kind enough to share the recipe with me and I have made them for special dinners and at Thanksgiving when we visited my side of the family. My family loves them just the same.
If you ask Mary what the secret to her rolls are – she will tell you that it is the butter, and letting them rise for 2 1/2 hours. I think the fact that they are crescent rolls rather than the traditional parker house shape makes them extra special too! I always try to use quality ingredients when baking because I feel it really makes a difference. Always good, real, butter, and always Redmond Real Salt.
One of my FAVORITE parts about this roll recipe is that you make the dough the night before. You put it in a ziplock bag,refrigerate overnight, and roll them out the next day. The dough comes together very easily, and is basically fool-proof.
This dough can be made into Parker house rolls (traditional roll shape) or rolled into crescent rolls (my favorite). Simple divide the dough into 4 sections, roll it out, cut into triangles, and roll up. You place the rolls on a greased baking sheet and let rise for two and a half hours.
Redmond Real Salt
After they have risen, bake them for 8-10 minutes and brush with butter. If you’re a salt lover like me, try adding a little sprinkle of kosher salt to the tops when they come out of the oven. We are big fans of Real Salt around here. I love the subtle sweet taste of the natural mineral. Real Salt is mined in Utah from an ancient sea and is one of the only pink salts that is not mined in the Middle East.
How do you like to eat your rolls? Are you bread and butter only? Do you prefer honey? Or my husband’s family favorite – served with homemade strawberry jam. I’m kind of a bread and butter only girl.
Needless to say, these rolls will be the star of your thanksgiving dinner, soup night, pot roast dinner, or spaghetti dinner. Pretty much they are just a shiny star of a recipe period.
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Homemade Crescent Roll
Servings: 4 dozen
- 2 TBSP one of the small packets of yeast = 1 TBSP dry yeast
- 1 cup barely warm water
- pinch of sugar
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup boiling water
- 3 beaten eggs
- 6 cups flour
In a bowl combine the yeast, warm water, and pinch of sugar. Set aside. It will foam up a little bit.
Meanwhile combine 2/3 cup sugar, salt, butter, and boiling water in a large bowl. I put it directly into my kitchen aid mixer bowl. Using the paddle attachment, stir until the butter melts and the water is cooled. Use the lowest setting, or even half a notch to the lowest setting to avoid splashing hot water everywhere.
Add the beaten eggs to your yeast mixture and then add the yeast mixture to your butter mixture.
Switch from your paddle attachment to your dough hook and add about 6 cups of flour. Dough will be sticky.
Transfer to a gallon sized ziplock back and refrigerate overnight. This is my FAVORITE part (other than eating them) about making these rolls. I love that making the dough is done the night before. If gives you time to whip up another delicious side dish. The dough will firm up in the fridge making it easier to work with.
The next day roll out the dough onto a floured board. I usually do it in 2 batches. Roll the dough out so that it is about 1/4 inch thick and into the shape of a rectangle. Using a pizza cutter cut the rectangle in half length-wise and then into triangles. Roll the triangles up, starting at the wide end.
Place the rolls with the point down so there are no "ear" sticking while they rise or bake. Place rolls on a baking sheet that has been lined with foil and sprayed with non-stick spray.
Let rise for 2.5 hours. Rolls will double in size.
Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until light golden
Who doesn’t love a big basket of warm rolls? Perfect for Thanksgiving or with homemade soup!