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Butter Crescent Rolls

Category: Side
Source: Kristen J. Gough

Our mom blogger has been making these light, delicious rolls since she was in high school. Read more about this family pleasing recipe in the Metro Parent Crumbs blog!

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 1.5 hours rising, baking
Number of Servings: 16 rolls
Ingredients: 1/2 cup milk
1 stick butter or margarine
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 package yeast (or 2 ΒΌ teaspoons)
1/2 cup warm water
1 egg
3 1/2 to 4 cups flour
Directions: 1. Place the warm water in a measuring cup and whisk in the yeast. Let stand 5-10 minutes and check that some bubbles appear on the surface (meaning the yeast is active).
2. Over medium-high heat, bring the milk to a gentle simmer in a small saucepan. As soon as bubbles appear, move the pan off of the heat and add the butter, salt, and sugar. Whisk until smooth and melted in. Cool to room temperature.
3. Add the yeast mixture to the buttered milk in a large mixing bowl. Using a handheld mixer to combine the ingredients, add the flour in 1 cup increments. The dough should start holding together after 3 cups. Stir in 1/2 to 1 cup more until the dough begins to pull away from the bowl.
4. Sprinkle flour on a cutting board and place the dough ball onto the board. With floured hands, knead the dough until it becomes a smooth ball.
5. Clean out the mixing bowl using warm water, then coat with cooking spray. Place the dough into the bowl and cover loosely with a lightly dampened cloth.
6. Place in a warm place for 1 hour to rise. The dough won't rise significantly.
7. Divide the dough in two.
8. On a floured work surface, knead one dough ball until smooth. Roll out to an 8- to 9-inch circle.
9. Using a pizza cutter, slash into 8 equal pieces as you would a pizza.
10. Starting from the long end, roll the dough towards the small end. Tuck the sides toward the middle to form the crescent shape.
11. Place the formed dough onto a baking pan lightly coated with spray. Cover the roll with the slightly moist kitchen cloth.
12. Repeat the process with the remaining dough slices and then with the other dough ball.
13. Let the formed dough rise again for 30 minutes. DO NOT allow the dough to go over that time.
14. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
15. Place the pan in the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes or until just browned. You can also whisk an egg, add 1 teaspoon water, and then coat each roll with the glaze before baking to give each roll a shiny appearance.

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