In honor of not posting for SEVEN months, I decided to finally post again! Yay me.
The recipe is actually called Overnight Crescent Rolls--but I've changed the name because they are so easy and always receive rave reviews. By everyone. My mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and brother-in-law have all already requested the recipe.
Oh, and last weekend, my mom saw the recipe for the first time and said, "These are Mary Riding's rolls!" Mary Riding was in my ward (congregation) when I was growing up and always made the best rolls. I always thought her roll recipe was SO hard to make! I'm glad to know that they're not hard at all...and that I've been able to master them already! :)
I think these would be a FANTASTIC addition to your Thanksgiving table! And, since they're mixed up the night before, take a few minutes of attention in the morning, and then rise for several hours, it will free up your time to prep other parts of dinner or read a book...or both. (As usual, I have no pics--but I'm going to give you a link to the site where I found these beauties to see pics.)
Without further ado, here is the recipe:
Overnight Crescent Dinner Rolls
Recipe adapted from RealMomKitchen.com (click on link for her pic!)
Yield: 2 dozen rolls
1 Tbsp yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 tsp salt
4 1/2 -5 cups flour
1/2 cup butter
In stand mixer, combine yeast and warm water. Allow yeast to dissolve while you move on.
In small sauce pan melt butter. When melted and starting to bubble, mix in milk and remove immediately from heat. Set aside to cool a little.
In same bowl as yeast, add eggs, sugar, and salt. Drizzle in a little of the lukewarm butter/milk mixture to mixing bowl, while paddle attachment is running. Continue adding milk mixture a little at a time until all mixed in.
Change to dough hook. Add flour 1 cup at a time up to 4 cups. Let the mixer knead the dough for about 5 minutes. (This will ensure the flour is mixed in and not just on the outside layer of dough.) You want a very sticky dough, but it should not be runny. If needed, add up to 1 cup of flour, but DO NOT go over 5 cups.
Scrape side of bowl down, so dough is in a ball at the bottom. Cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge overnight. (If you want to keep from getting a "skin" on your dough, place the plastic wrap right on the surface of the dough, but leave enough "gathers" on top so the dough can expand. It won't expand a ton, but will definitely rise overnight.)
About 4 hours before you want the finish product, remove dough from fridge. Melt remaining 1/2 cup butter. Divide dough in half and roll 1/2 into a 14-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Pour half of melted butter on center of circle and spread within 1 inch of dough edge. (Butter will stiffen up as you spread.)
Using pizza cutter, cut each circle into 12 wedges. Roll up each wedge starting with wide end rolling toward point. Place rolls on ungreased baking sheet, point down. (I have found that the butter on the dough is enough to grease the baking sheet as they bake, but you can spray the pan with baking spray before putting the rolls on it if you want to.)
Cover and let rise for 3-4 hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. (If you're using a dark baking sheet, reduce oven temp to 325 degrees.) Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
NOTES: Some people are afraid of yeast recipes--but this one is actually quite easy. When mixing up the yeast and water, use the hottest tap water you can stand to put your hand in. And let the butter/milk mixture cool enough so it won't burn you if you stick your finger in. That way, it won't kill the yeast when you add it to the mixing bowl. And, make sure NOT to go over 5 cups of flour. Even if the dough seems too sticky--trust me--it works.