I know I’ve posted a lot of bread recipes lately, but this one absolutely held its own. Slightly sweet, super soft and very, very easy to make. Even though I over-napped, I still managed to whip these up in just under 90 minutes – and 60 minutes of that was rise time. I just kind of made them in the background while I made the rest of our dinner, and I was very pleased with the results – we’ll definitely make these again and again.
This does make a LOT of crescent rolls, so you could certainly cut the recipe in half, but I’m pretty sure that these will get eaten. I’m already thinking about them for breakfast with a little butter and honey…
And maybe a midnight snack, too. Since, you know, I’ll be up all night because I took a nap.
- 1 (12oz) can evaporated milk
- 1 cup warm water
- 12 Tablespoons (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, melted
- 3 lightly beaten eggs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 Tablespoons active dry yeast
- 6 to 7 cups all-purpose flour
For topping (optional):
- 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 3 Tablespoons honey
In a small bowl, combine water and evaporated milk. Heat in microwave until warm, about one minute. Pour into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough-hook attachment.
Add melted butter, beaten eggs, salt and sugar. Mix until combined, scraping sides if necessary. Add yeast, and mix for another 30 seconds or so, using a whisk to incorporate yeast if necessary.
One cup at a time, add flour until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl. I used seven cups of flour and it was perfect. Beat for another five minutes. The dough will break down again and will remain very sticky.
Transfer the dough to a large greased bowl and cover with a towel. Allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1-2 hours. (Mine took 50 minutes.) *Tip: if you have the oven space, heat your oven to warm (170 degress (F) and turn it off. Then, allow your dough to rise in your warm, closed oven.
Once dough has doubled in bulk, punch it down and divide it into four equal pieces and preheat your oven to 375 degrees (F). On a lightly floured surface, roll once piece of dough out into a 12-18 inch circle. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into four equal pieces. Then, cut each of the four pieces into three even pieces so you have a total of 12 triangles of dough – kind of like cutting a pizza.
Take one of the triangles of dough, and rolling from the wide edge towards the narrow point, roll the dough into 12 crescent rolls, tucking the end point of the dough underneath the roll. Place onto a large, parchment or silpat lined cookie sheet and allow to sit for at least 10 minutes before baking. Repeat with other three pieces of dough.
Bake for 12-13 minutes or until golden brown. While baking, melt the honey and butter together in the microwave, and when rolls come out of the oven, immediately brush them with the honey butter. Cool on the pan until ready to serve.
Recipe adapted from: Landee See, Landee Do