This recipe is fan-freaking-tastic!! I love crescent rolls and these crescent rolls have such a great texture and buttery taste. They can also be frozen after you shape them - I love freezer recipes! I got this recipe over on Fun Foods on a Budget. This will be my go-to crescent roll recipe from now on.
3 teaspoons yeast (I use SAF yeast)
2 cups warm water
1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup instant mashed potato flakes (I used Betty Crocker Potato Buds)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
6-6 1/2 cups all purpose flour
In the bowl of a mixer dissolve yeast in warm water. Add butter, milk powder, sugar, potato flakes, eggs, salt and 3 cups of flour. Beat until smooth. Mix in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough (for me it was 3 cups). Beat until all flour is incorporated and dough pulls away from sides of bowl.
Turn out onto a heavily floured surface: knead 8-10 times. Divide dough in half. Roll each portion into a large circle (mine ended up being almost 16 inches across). Spread dough with a little softened butter and then cut into 16 wedges (pizza cutter does this the best). Roll up the wedges from the wide end and make sure you pinch the end into the dough well so they don't unravel when baked.
To Bake Right Away:
Place rolled up rolls on a non-stick sprayed baking sheet at least 2" apart, curving the ends of the rolls to form crescent shapes. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled. Bake at 350 for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown. When they come out of the oven brush rolls with melted butter.
To Freeze and Bake Later:
Place rolled up rolls on wax paper lined cookie sheets, curving ends of the rolls to form crescent shapes. Place cookie sheets in a freezer and when the rolls are frozen transfer them to ziplock bags. To bake, arrange frozen rolls on non-stick sprayed baking sheets. Cover and let thaw (works to do this in fridge overnight). Once thawed let the rolls rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled. Bake at 350 for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown. When they come out of the oven brush with melted butter.