The last Daring Bakers challenge had left me with a craving for Danish pastries, but thinking of the effort and the calories, I had decided to leave it alone for a few more weeks. The croissants that I came across on several blogs were haunting me in my dreams, and finally I decided to make something that atleast remotely resembled these pastries, atleast in their shapes - crescent rolls. From the day I saw this recipe on Betty Crocker's cookbook, I wanted to make them, but was too lazy and impatient when I saw the dough - rising step. But after completing the Danish Braid challenge, this wait seemed like nothing, and yes, it was a cake-walk! I made only half the recipe and everything turned out perfectly!! JM and I actually ate it as the evening snack and dinner, with homemade Strawberry jam. It sure was yummy!! With just a wee little butter in the whole recipe, we didnt cringe as we ate, and enjoyed it immensely. This recipe can be used to make dinner rolls, crescent rolls and cloverleaf rolls. The crescent rolls are given as the variation of the basic dinner roll recipe. It sure made a tasty set of rolls, please do try them, they were perfect!! Yumm!
Recipe (Makes 32 rolls) :
All-purpose flour - 3 1/2 - 3 3/4 cups
Butter or margarine - 1/4 cup (4 tbsp)
Sugar - 1/4 cup
Salt - 1 tsp
Quick active dry or regular yeast - 1 package or 2 1/4 tsp
Water - 1/2 cup, very warm (120 - 130 F)
Milk - 1/2 cup, very warm (120 - 130 F)
Egg - 1 large
Butter or margarine - melted, if desired
In a large bowl, stir 2 cups of flour, the sugar, 1/4 cup of butter, salt and yeast until well-mixed.
Add warm water, warm milk and egg.
Beat for a minute with an electric mixer on low-speed, followed by 1 minute on medium speed, both times scraping bowl frequently.
Stir in enough remaining dough to make dough easy to handle.
Place dough on lightly floured surface.
Knead for about 5 minutes or until the dough is smooth and springy.
Grease a large bowl with shortening.
Place dough in bowl, turning dough to grease all sides.
Cover bowl loosely with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for an hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
The dough is ready when indentation remains when touched.
At this stage the dough can be used to make any of the specified rolls.
For making crescent rolls:
Grease cookie sheet with shortening or cooking spray.
Push the fist into the dough to deflate and cut the dough in half.
Roll each half into a 12" circle on a floured surface.
Spread with softened butter.
Cut each circle into 16 wedges.
Roll up each wedge beginning at the rounded end (broad end).
Plcae rolls on the cookie sheet, with points underneath and curve the edges slightly.
Brush with butter (I didnt) and cover loosely with plastic wrap.
Let rise in a warm place about 30 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
Heat oven to 375 F.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve warm or cool.
- I did not brush the shaped rolls with melted butter.
- I only made half the recipe to yield 16 rolls.
- If using self-rising flour, omit salt.
- For the dough to rise, I usually switch on the oven at 200F or so for a minute or two, switch it off, and place the dough in the oven to rise.
- I had actually stuffed a single roll with jam, as you can see in the picture below, to see how it would turn out. Experiment with more stuffings.
I am also sending these Crescent rolls to the "Healthy Cooking" event over at Mansi's Fun and Food. I feel that these rolls are very healthy because it has a very low fat and sugar content. It is a leavened bread and is baked so that no additional fat is introduced. The recipe actually mentioned smearing the rolls again with butter before baking. I actually omitted that step and still the rolls turned out perfectly browned. The rolls can be eaten on their own because they taste great!! It would also go well with soups, salads or preserves!!
Source: Betty Crocker Cookbook : everything you need to know to cook today.
We had the rolls with home-made strawberry preserves. The preserve was made from a recipe on Sunita's blog. Here's a pictorial step-by-step instructions on the process. We had gone strawberry picking two weeks before and I used up our hand-picked berries by making this Strawberry Preserves. I am sending this Home-made Strawberry Preserve to "Eating with the seasons" event at Maninas : Food Matters.
Through and over the weekend, I am glad some of my fellow bloggers remembered me, because I again have several awards to share. Veda of Iyengar's kitchen passed me the "Blogging with a purpose" award. Srilekha of Me and My Kitchen and Hetal of Isha's kitchen passed me the "Yum-Yum Blog" award. Thanks a trillion for remembering me, you guys! I really appreciate your gesture. I would like to pass these onto,
Asha of Foodies Hope
Ranji of Ranji's Kitchen Corner
Roopa of My Kitchen Treats
Rachel of Tangerine's Kitchen
Cham of Spice-club
Enjoy your awards!! And come back to Tasty treats for more recipes through the week.