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No-Knead Cloverleaf Rolls

No-Knead Cloverleaf Rolls

Are you tired of spending hours kneading bread dough? Do you want to make delicious homemade rolls without all the effort? Look no further than these no-knead cloverleaf rolls! In this article, we will explore the wonders of no-knead bread and how you can easily make these fluffy, buttery rolls in your own kitchen.

Why No-Knead Bread?

No-knead bread is a game-changer for home bakers. Traditionally, making bread involved a lengthy process of kneading the dough to develop gluten and create a light, airy texture. However, with no-knead bread, you can achieve the same results with minimal effort.

Imagine the freedom of simply mixing together a few ingredients, letting the dough rise overnight, and waking up to a batch of freshly baked rolls. No more sore arms from kneading or messy countertops to clean up. No-knead bread is a true time-saver without compromising on taste or quality.

The Magic of Time and Fermentation

The secret behind no-knead bread lies in the magic of time and fermentation. By allowing the dough to ferment slowly over an extended period, the gluten develops naturally without the need for kneading. This slow fermentation process also enhances the flavor of the bread, creating a more complex and satisfying taste.

Think of it like a fine wine or cheese that gets better with age. The longer the dough ferments, the more flavorful and textured the rolls will be. It’s like a symphony of flavors and textures coming together in each bite.

The Simple Art of Shaping Cloverleaf Rolls

Now that you understand the beauty of no-knead bread, let’s dive into the process of shaping these delightful cloverleaf rolls. Just as the name suggests, these rolls resemble a cloverleaf with their three leaf-like sections.

To shape the rolls, you’ll need to divide the dough into small portions and roll each portion into a ball. Then, you’ll place three balls of dough into a muffin tin, allowing them to touch and form the cloverleaf shape. It’s a simple yet visually appealing way to elevate your dinner table.


1. Can I use whole wheat flour for these rolls?

Yes, you can substitute whole wheat flour for a portion of the all-purpose flour. However, keep in mind that whole wheat flour absorbs more moisture, so you may need to adjust the liquid measurements accordingly.

2. How long does the dough need to rise?

The dough should rise for at least 12 hours, but you can let it ferment for up to 24 hours for even better flavor and texture.

3. Can I freeze the dough?

Yes, you can freeze the dough after it has risen and shaped into balls. Simply place the balls on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Then, transfer to a freezer bag and store for up to three months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before baking.

4. Can I add herbs or cheese to the dough?

Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with adding herbs, cheese, or other flavorings to the dough. Just mix them in during the initial mixing stage.

5. Can I use a different type of pan?

While a muffin tin is ideal for shaping cloverleaf rolls, you can use a different type of pan, such as a round cake pan or a square baking dish. The rolls may look slightly different, but they will still taste delicious.

6. Can I use instant yeast instead of active dry yeast?

Yes, you can use instant yeast instead of active dry yeast. However, keep in mind that the rising time may be slightly shorter with instant yeast.

7. Can I make the dough without a stand mixer?

Yes, you can mix the dough by hand using a wooden spoon or a sturdy spatula. It may require a bit more elbow grease, but the results will be just as delicious.

8. Can I use this recipe to make a whole loaf of bread instead of rolls?

Definitely! This recipe can be easily adapted to make a whole loaf of bread. Simply shape the dough into a loaf and bake in a bread pan for a slightly longer time.

In Conclusion

No-knead cloverleaf rolls are a game-changer for home bakers. With minimal effort and a touch of patience, you can create delicious, fluffy rolls that will wow your family and friends. Say goodbye to the days of kneading and hello to the joys of no-knead bread. So why not give it a try and experience the magic for yourself?

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No-Knead Cloverleaf Rolls

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Prep Time 3 hours 40 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 40 minutes
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 36


  • 4 cups of whole milk
  • 1 cup of canola oil
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 9 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 packages (2 1/4 teaspoons each) of active dry yeast
  • 1 heaping teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 scant teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • Melted butter for greasing the pans


  • To prepare the dough, in a large pot, mix the milk and canola oil together. Stir in the sugar. Heat the milk almost to a boil to scald it. Turn off the heat and allow the milk to cool until warm.
  • Add 8 cups of flour and the yeast to the milk mixture. Stir until well combined; the dough will be very sticky. Cover the pot with a lid or dish towel and let the dough rise for about an hour.
  • Add the remaining 1 cup of flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to the dough. Gently stir until everything is combined, although it may take some time to fully incorporate the ingredients.
  • To make the rolls, lightly grease 36 muffin cups using a small amount of butter. Pinch off small portions of dough and roll them into uniform balls. Place 3 balls in each muffin cup.
  • Find a draft-free, slightly warm area and place the muffin pans there. Cover them with a lightweight dish towel and allow the rolls to rise until they become light and puffy, which should take around 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Bake the rolls in the preheated oven until they turn a deep golden brown, which usually takes about 18 to 20 minutes. Serve the rolls while they are still hot.
Keyword Bread, Holiday, Side Dish, Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Side Dishes
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