Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Crescent Rolls on Steroids

These rolls are absolutely delish!! I call them "crescent rolls on steroids" because they are huge! They make a great addition to go along with any gifting meals, too. They can be easily frozen, then taken out as needed!

Butterhorns (Also a freezer recipe)
Recipe from: Money-Saving Mom
(makes 32 rolls)

2T. dry yeast, heaping
1/3C. warm water
9C. flour, divided (you can use any mixture of white or whole-wheat flour you’d like)
2C. warm milk
1C. butter, melted
1C. sugar
6 eggs
2t. salt

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add 4 cups flour, milk, butter, sugar, eggs and salt. Beat 2 minutes or until smooth. (I do this in my KitchenAid)
Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto floured board and knead lightly. (Or, knead in mixer until sides of bowl are clean, then knead two more minutes.)

Place in a greased bowl, turning dough once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size(1-3 hours). (Quick tip: preheat oven to 200° for 5mins. Turn off oven. Let dough rise in warmed oven. Takes about 45mins.)

Punch dough down and divide into two equal parts. Roll each part into a circle. Cut each circle into 16 pie-shaped slices. (Like a pizza. I use a pizza cutter.)

Roll up each wedge wide edge to tip. (like you form canned crescent rolls).

Place on greased cooking sheet. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rise until doubled in size. (Remember my quick tip above)

Bake at 375° until lightly browned. (About 15 mins or so)

To freeze and use later:
After rolling, place on baking sheets and freeze (do not allow rolls to rise.) When frozen, place in freezer bags and keep frozen until needed.
To bake: Take out as many frozen rolls as you’ll need and place them on a greased baking sheet. Thaw for five hours or until doubled in size. Bake at 375° until lightly browned. Brush with melted butter as soon as they come out of the oven. Remove and serve immediately or cool on wire racks.

Some meal ideas:

Wrap hotdogs in these rolls for wonderful pigs in a blanket!
Idea from: Amy

Chocolate Butterhorns for Breakfast:
Idea from Life As Mom

After cutting each circle, drop some chocolate chips on each slice, and roll as usual. Then continue to prepare/freeze as above. After baking, remove them and brush with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar before serving. SOooooo good!!

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