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Jean's Refrigerator Yeast Rolls

Jean's Refrigerator Yeast Rolls

Notes: Dough can be made up to 2 days before baking. Rolls can be baked up to 1 day ahead. Store airtight. Reheat, uncovered, in a 350° oven just until warm, about 5 minutes.

Sunset NOVEMBER 1997

  • Yield: Makes about 2 dozen


  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk
  • About 1/2 cup (1/4 lb.) butter or margarine, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sesame or poppy seed


1. In a 1- to 1 1/2-quart pan, warm 1 cup milk over high heat until small bubbles appear at edges. Add 1/2 cup butter, sugar, and salt. Remove from heat; cool to lukewarm (110°).

2. Soften yeast in 1/4 cup warm water (110°) about 5 minutes.

3. In a bowl, combine milk mixture and yeast. Add 2 eggs and beat to blend. Add 2 cups flour. Beat at low speed to moisten. Then beat on high speed until dough is stretchy, 6 to 10 minutes.

4. On low speed (or with a spoon), mix in 1 1/2 cups flour until well blended. Then gradually stir in as much of the remaining 1/2 cup flour as dough will absorb. Dough should still be soft and slightly sticky. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or up to 48 hours.

5. Punch dough down and divide in half. Cover half the dough while shaping the remainder.

6. Butter muffin pans (with 2 1/2-in.-wide cups). To make cloverleaf rolls, pinch off and shape dough into 1-inch-thick balls. Drop 3 balls into each cup. Cover lightly with plastic wrap.

7. Let rolls rise in a warm place until almost doubled, 30 to 45 minutes. With a fork, beat remaining egg to blend with 1 tablespoon milk. Brush rolls with egg mixture and sprinkle with sesame seed.

8. Bake rolls in 400° oven until golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Serve warm or cool.

Nutritional analysis per roll.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 137
  • Calories from fat: 40%
  • Protein: 3.4g
  • Fat: 6.1g
  • Saturated fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrate: 17g
  • Fiber: 0.7g
  • Sodium: 99mg
  • Cholesterol: 38mg

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