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Cloverleaf Rolls

Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Paige Hicks

Hands-on time 31 mins
Total time 2 hrs, 19 mins

Serves 18 (serving size: 1 roll)

From the Kitchen of…Cheryl Slocum, Senior Food Editor "The smell of freshly risen dough always takes me back to my mom's rolls." If the yeast doesn't bubble, it may have expired; start over to avoid wasting time and ingredients.


  • 1/2 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 7.2 ounces white whole-wheat flour (about 1 1/2 cups), divided
  • 2/3 cup warm evaporated low-fat milk (100° to 110°)
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 10 ounce all-purpose flour (about 2 1/4 cups), divided
  • Cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 126
  • fat 2.7 g
  • satfat 1.3 g
  • monofat 0.6 g
  • polyfat 0.2 g
  • protein 4 g
  • carbohydrate 20 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • cholesterol 17 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 175 mg
  • calcium 36 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine 1/2 cup water, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl. Let stand 5 minutes or until mixture is bubbly. Weigh or lightly spoon white whole-wheat flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Stir 1 cup white whole-wheat flour, milk, butter, salt, and egg into yeast mixture. Weigh or lightly spoon all-purpose flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Gradually add remaining 1/2 cup white whole-wheat flour and 2 cups all-purpose flour to yeast mixture, stirring until a soft dough forms.

  2. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour on a work surface. Turn dough out onto surface; knead until flour is incorporated. Knead in remaining 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour until dough is smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes). Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size.

  3. Preheat oven to 400°.

  4. Coat 18 muffin cups with cooking spray. Punch dough down; turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Cover and let rest 15 minutes. Divide dough into 18 pieces. Roll each piece into a 1-inch-thick rope; divide each into 3 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball. Place 3 balls into each of the prepared muffin cups; cover and let rise 30 minutes or until doubled in size. Bake at 400° for 18 minutes or until golden brown.