Fantastic Cloverleaf Rolls

READY IN: 2hrs 15mins




  • Grease 12 jumbo muffin tins.
  • In a cup or bowl, combine yeast with 1 tbsp sugar in warm water; cover with plastic wrap, and sit for 10 minutes, or until the yeast is foamy.
  • In the mixer bowl, mix in 3 cups flour, the remaining sugar, melted butter, warm milk, egg and salt.
  • Add in the yeast/sugar mix.
  • With a kneader blade fitted on a heavy-duty mixer, knead and gradually add in the remaining flour, until a soft dough sticky is formed (do not add in too much flour, as the baked buns will have a heavy texture).
  • Remove from the bowl and let rest on the counter for 10 minutes, covered.
  • After 10 minutes, knead gently for about 30 seconds.
  • Coat a glass or stainless steel bowl with oil.
  • Transfer the dough to the bowl.
  • Cover; and let rise in a warm draft-free area, for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
  • Punch down the dough.
  • Remove from bowl then place the dough on the counter.
  • Slice the dough evenly in half lengthwise down the middle, set one piece aside.
  • Shape piece of dough into a chunky long rope using hands.
  • Slice into 18 even pieces (don't worry if each piece of dough is not the exact same size).
  • Shape into about 1-1/2-inch balls or a little more.
  • Place 3 balls into each muffin tin.
  • Repeat with remaining piece of dough and muffin tin.
  • Cover the tins with a clean tea towel and allow to rise warm place for 30-40 minutes (rising time will depend on the temperature of your kitchen).
  • Remove the tea towel; brush tops with melted butter.
  • Bake at 350°F for 18-20 minutes, or until buns are a dark golden colour.


“I have been making these wonderful buns for years they always turn out perfect every time, very light and airy --- this dough can be baked without using the muffin tins also just roll into balls let rise, and bake on a cookie sheet --- to make cheddar cloverleaf rolls just sprinkle grated cheddar cheese on the bottom of each the muffin tins then also between the small dough balls, you may sprinkle a small amount on top of the balls also, rise for 30 minutes and then bake --- *NOTE* if you are using the cheese option you must grease the tins *very* well, I use my recipe#78579”