These taste just like the clover leaf rolls that my mother used to make. I found this in a British recipe book called 500 Fabulous Cakes and Bakes. I like the idea of making a few of the rolls 4-leaf clovers. Who will be the one or two that get lucky. :)
- Warm the milk until lukewarm.
- In a large bowl pour in the lukewarm milk, stir in sugar, the 4 tablespoons of softened butter and the yeast. Let stand for 15 minutes.
- Add eggs and salt to the mixture.
- Stir in 4 cups of flour a little at a time adding more if needed to get a rough dough texture.
- Knead dough until smooth (about 5-10 minutes).
- Place the dough into a clean bowl coated with shortening; cover with tea towel and let sit in a warm place until doubled in size (about 1 1/2 hours).
- Coat 2 muffin pans with shortening.
- Punch down raised dough and roll into balls, sized to fit 3 into each cup in the pan. Make a few to fit four balls in the pan for the 4-leaf clovers.
- Cover the pans with a tea towel and let rise in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 400F; brush the rolls with the melted butter and bake about 20 minutes until lightly browned.
- Let cool slightly before serving.
Great little rolls, and they bring back such nice memories. My great-grandmother and grandmother both always made clover rolls for the holidays. I love the idea of including some 4-leaf clovers in the bunch-- fun surprise for the kids. I think they could use a tad more salt (maybe because I used unsalted butter), which I'll add next time. Thanks! --Heather
Fantastic...these are little beauties! I made a dozen in the muffin tins and the other dozen just as regular round rolls (due to only having one muffin pan)They are such a light and fluffy roll with a slight buttery flavour. Absolutly fab served warm with lashings of butter but are just as good cold. A great dinner roll! Thanks for sharing!