Cloverleaf Rolls
Cuisine: American
Author: Cookie Madness
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 40 mins
Cloverleaf Rolls that are similar to the ones served at Luby's.
  • 1 ounce active dry yeast, weigh or estimate with packets (1 1/2 packets)**
  • 1 1/3 cups warm water (110°F)
  • 5 1/2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 extra large eggs
  • 1/3 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (I recommend 1 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  1. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add melted butter, sugar and eggs. Using dough hook of electric mixer, beat on medium speed until well blended. Add dry milk, and salt; mix well. Add flour, 1 cup at a time, mixing until dough begins to pull away from side of bowl.
  2. Lightly grease top of dough with oil. Cover loosely and let rise in warm place 1 hour or until doubled in size. (I transferred my dough to a big glass bowl greased with olive oil).
  3. Lightly grease 12 medium muffin cups -- I recommend jumbo cups.
  4. Punch dough down. Divide dough evenly into 12 pieces. Divide each piece into 3 balls and place in muffin cup. (This part was fun, which meant I got the dough right. It wasn’t too sticky nor too dry).
  5. Let rise in warm place 1 hour. Before baking, you may want to brush tops with some extra butter – not necessary, but it looks nice and adds a little more flavor.
  6. Preheat oven to 350°F Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.
The recipe in the Luby's book calls for 1 ounce of active dry yeast, but I think they meant cake yeast because 1 oz of cake yeast is equal to about 1 1/2 packets or a little over 3 1/4 teaspoons of active dry yeast. Also, the original recipe must have been made in jumbo muffin cups because these are very large. If you use standard size muffin cups you can make more than 12 (smaller) rolls. And finally, if you just want to use 1 packet of yeast, the following measurements work. 7 oz of water, 1 packet of yeast, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 cup powdered milk, 4 tablespoons melted butter, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 pound of flour (3 1/2 cups) plus more as needed.
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