A Roll Recipe (In Case You Need One For New Year’s Dinner)

I made these rolls for Christmas dinner.  I wanted fancy rolls to compliment ham and so decided to make these.  The recipe is from Gourmet from a couple years ago and the rolls are oh so delicious!

Orange Pumpkin Cloverleafs
makes 1 dozen (measurements for 2 dozen in parentheses)

2 tsp active dry yeast (1 T plus 1 tsp)
¼ C warm milk (1/2 C)
1 T honey (2 T)

Mix together and let stand for a couple minutes.

2 ¾ C flour (5 ½ C)
1 ½ tsp salt (1 T)
1/3 C pumpkin puree (2/3 C)
1 large egg plus 1 yolk (2 large plus 2 yolks)
½ tsp grated orange zest (1 tsp)
2 T fresh orange juice (1/4 C)
5 T unsalted butter, melted (10 T – that’s one stick plus 2 T)

Stir in until a soft dough forms.  Knead until dough is smooth and feels right, 6-8 minutes.  Put into a greased bowl and cover with a damp cloth.  Allow to rise until doubled, 2 – 2  1/2 hours.  While dough is rising, grease muffin cups with butter.  (Don’t use paper muffin cups.  You want the crispy edges on the rolls!).  When the dough has risen long enough, take out of the bowl and halve.  Here’s where a good knowledge of fractions comes in:  Split each half into six equal pieces.  Divide each sixth into thirds.  Roll each little piece into a ball.  Put three balls in each muffin cup to form the cloverleaf.   Repeat until all the muffin cups are full.  Cover with the damp cloth and let rise again until the rolls have risen above the muffin tin by about an inch or so.

1 T water and 1 egg (2 T water and 2 eggs)

Beat together the egg and water.  Brush the tops of the rolls with egg mixture.  Bake in a 375 oven for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.  Immediately take out of the pan and allow to cool on a rack.


1. These would taste good as big rolls also, although not quite as fun!  So if you’re in a hurry, you don’t have to make them into cloverleafs.

2. These are so rich that they really don’t even need to be served with butter.  Ellie loved them!

3. It’s worth it to double the recipe.  It’s not much harder to make 2 dozen and they freeze really well.  When you’re ready to eat them, wrap the frozen rolls with foil and put in a 350 oven for a few minutes until they’re hot.


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