Find the 4-Leaf Clover Rolls

"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. :)"
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Ready In:
3hrs 30mins
24 rolls




  • 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.

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  1. 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
  2. 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!



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