Homemade crescent rolls are rich, buttery and bake up fluffy and light! They are truly special and worth a little extra time. The soft and slightly sticky dough mixes up easily, sits for a long rise, then rests in the refrigerator overnight. The next day you roll, cut and form the crescents! You can choose the Plain Buttery Homemade Crescent Roll version or the Parmesan Garlic Crescent Rolls! Both are scrumptious!
2 1/2cupsall-purpose flourdivided, plus more for rolling
1largeegg + 1 egg yolk
1teaspoonsaltI use coarse kosher
Parmesan Garlic Butter Filling/Topping: Day 2
3tablespoonsgrated parmesan cheesedivided
1teaspoonfresh minced garlic
1teaspoondried parsley flakesor 2 teaspoons fresh
Plain Butter Filling/Topping: Day 2
Egg Wash: Day 2
Dough: Day 1
Warm milk and butter in microwave until butter is melted. Should be between 105 - 110 degrees F.
I use my stand mixer for this recipe, but you could alternatively mix by hand.
Add yeast, warm milk and butter mixture, sugar and 1 cup of flour to the mixing bowl. Stir together and let sit 5-10 minutes until yeast starts to activate and get foamy.
Add eggs, remaining flour and salt to mixture. Mix until combined (with flat beater). Switch to dough hook and knead for about 3 minutes on speed 2. The dough will be soft and a little sticky, it will stick a little to the bottom of the bowl. Don't add more flour unless it's very, very wet.
Place dough in gallon zip top bag and allow to rise at room temperature. (approx. 75 degrees F.) Depending how warm your room is, it can take from 1 - 4 hours.
I don't recommend any quick rise methods (placing in warm oven, placing over warm water) as the butter gets too soft and they don't rise properly.
Once dough has doubled in size, place in refrigerator for 4-hours or overnight.
Form Rolls: Day 2
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or grease.
Take dough out of refrigerator. It will be stiff as the butter will have solidified. Let it sit out for 10-15 minutes or until it's more pliable. On a lightly floured surface, fold the dough over on itself a few times (helps create layers) then form into a disc shape and roll into a 12" circle, lightly dusting with flour as needed.
For Parmesan Garlic Rolls: Mix together softened butter with half the Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, pepper and parsley. Spread half the mixture on the dough circle. Reserve the other half of the butter mixture in refrigerator.
For Plain Butter Rolls: Spread 2 tablespoons of the softened butter on dough circle, sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Reserve the other half of the butter in the refrigerator,
Use a pizza wheel or long sharp knife to cut the dough circle into 12 wedges (like a pizza.)
Roll each wedge starting at the wider end to form crescent roll shape. Place with tip side down on baking sheet.
Cover baking sheet with plastic wrap and allow to rise at room temperature. (approx. 75 degrees F.) It will take about an hour, they should be warm, puffy and a bit larger. (they won't double.)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. part-way through rising time.
Bake: Day 2
Make the egg wash. Whisk together the egg and water. Brush over rolls. (This gives them a beautiful golden-brown color.)
Bake for about 20 minutes or until puffed and golden-brown. If you feel they are getting too dark, you can lay a piece of foil loosely over-top the rolls.
Melt the remaining butter or garlic butter you used as the filling.
Brush hot rolls with melted butter.
Sprinkle Parmesan garlic rolls with remaining Parmesan cheese.
Serve while warm. You can also bake several hours in advance and rewarm in a 300 degree F. oven for about 5-7 minutes
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