It is almost impossible to rate your own recipes on any kind of a scale but I might have to say that this is my most prized recipe. This is my mom’s recipe and she was famous for it in our family. When my oldest son, Tony, was young, probably 6 or so, Grandma asked him what he wanted for his birthday and after a little thought he said crescent rolls. Of course she got him something else as well but, she had crescent rolls warm from the oven at our house in time for his breakfast on his birthday. After that each of the kids got a batch of them for breakfast every birthday. Then there was the time that we threw her a surprise 70th birthday party, it was in conjunction with my brother’s surprise 40th party. It was genius we thought because they each knew about the party but thought it was for the other person. The only problem was that my mom insisted on helping so I finally relented and let her bring crescent rolls to her own surprise birthday party (she would have been suspicious if I would have said no). Anyway, most of my family would give up their turkey, pie or anything else on their plate if they had to choose one thing on Thanksgiving or any holiday, just to have these rolls. My precious mom passed away in 2005 so that may make the recipe even more special. To be honest, I only watched her make them once and it was one of those recipes that had some ingredients listed and some basic instructions scrawled on the bottom. I was very afraid of losing this little part of her soI began working with the recipe pretty quickly to ensure it would not be lost. She made it completely by hand, kneading and everything. The first batch I made was pretty good but after several batches my family declared that I had it. Once I got a Kitchen Aide mixer I began doing all of the kneading in there. In the last couple of years, I began making the dough in my bread maker and then forming the rolls and baking them. You will not believe how easy these rolls are to make and how absolutely fabulous they taste. Make sure to pop them in a sealed container or zip lock bag right after dinner and they will make the most delicious sandwiches with your leftover turkey the next day.
Mom was the most amazing mom and grandma and she is so dearly missed each and every day. I am so glad that we have been able to carry on with one of her legacies. Seems a shame that we are the only ones enjoying this recipe. You will not be sorry that you tried this recipe. You can easily make them the night before and store them in a airtight bag or container and then just warm them in the microwave for a few seconds in small batches as you need them for your meal.
The only thing that can make these better is to serve them with cinnamon honey butter.
- 1 cup milk (whole)
- ½ cup butter
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 2 eggs
- 4 cups bread flour ( 1lb. 6 oz.)
- 4 ½ tsp yeast (I use the quick yeast but don't spend extra on bread machine yeast)
- 1 cup of soft butter
- 1/3 cup of honey
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
- Put the milk and butter in a microwave safe bowl and heat on high for about 1 1/2 minutes. Then stir the butter until it melts. It should be very warm but not too hot (120 degrees).
- Pour the milk butter mixture in the bread maker pan.
- Add salt, sugar and eggs.
- Add flour and make sure it covers all of the water.
- Add in yeast.
- Set the bread maker to the dough setting and push start.
- It should be about a 1 hour and 30 minute cycle.
- When the beeper goes off, remove the dough from the pan.
- Divide dough in half and roll each half into about a 12 inch circle.
- Using a pizza cutter, cut each circle into twelve triangles like a you would cut a pizza. Try to be as precise as you can so that each roll is close in size (but don't stress about it).
- Roll each triangle beginning at the wide side into a crescent roll shape. Repeat with second half.
- Place each roll on a jelly roll pan lined with parchment paper (12 on a pan).
- Cover with a clean tea towel and let rise until double (about an hour). Bake at 350 degrees until light brown. Approximately 12 minutes.
- Mix with either a spoon or mixer until smooth and well combined.