Soft, fluffy, buttery and flaky these homemade crescent rolls made with few simple ingredients are perfect to serve in dinner for any occasion or a holiday meal. Soft and flaky layers inside and a light crust outside these are dinner rolls are easily one of the best buttery crescent rolls you can make at home in few easy steps.
Melt in mouth crescent roll taste delicious, look pretty and elevate any dinner table to next level. Make this sweet and fluffy rolls in two variations that I am sharing today and you can even have a flavourful cheesy roll recipe for coffee or tea.
You can even make the dough ahead and it hardly takes any time to bake. And when it’s time for dinner pop the shaped rolls in the oven, that sweet buttery smell of baking bread coming out of your oven is totally not to be missed and makes them irresistible.
This recipe of crescents make fluffy, soft buttery rolls that taste incredibly delicious! Any bread tastes better when it’s made from scratch!
Crescent rolls Vs Croissant
A most common confusion about crescent rolls amongst many happens because of the shape. Crescents and croissant are similarly shaped but that’s just about it. The taste and texture is also different from a croissant.
Crescent rolls taste like buttery dinner rolls and croissant is layered buttery pastry. For croissant, a whole lot of butter is used to make the flaky and separated layers. In making rolls comparatively lesser amount of butter is used. They also have layers but different types.
Croissant is served as pastry alongside coffee or tea for breakfast and crescent roll mostly for dinner. Not that it is a written rule for either of these, I sometimes make filled/stuffed crescent rolls for coffee or evening tea.
Crescent rolls are much easier to make and require less time to bake and croissant dough need to be folded and buttered to make flaky buttery layers.
So let’s make them.
Ingredients for Crescent rolls
Dry Ingredients: All-purpose flour, instant yeast, salt, sugar
Wet Ingredients: egg, butter, warm water, milk (warm)
How To roll Crescent rolls?
Crescent rolls look fancy but are super easy to shape them. After making bread dough allow it to rise. Transfer it on a flat surface dusted with flour and punch it down. Roll the dough into a round of ⅛ inch thickness. Now cut the round into 4 parts and further cut them into wedges. You will make 12 wedges this way.
To shape the presents, now take a wedge and from its wide side start rolling it towards the narrow edge. Bend the shaped roll from both edges inwards to make a crescent moon shape.
Stuffed Crescent Rolls
Plain rolls taste very delicious but to make them even tastier you can stuff your crescent rolls with your favourite fillings. I am writing my favourites
- Pesto and cheese (use any of your favourite cheese)
- Marinara or pizza sauce and Cheese
- A mix of cheese and fruit preserve
- Nutella and banana
- Any of your pizza stuffings
- Pig in the blankets (with sausages)
Basically, you can make these rolls with any flavour you like. Make sure to place filling along the wider edge and then roll it. I have shown how to do that in the video.
Tips and Recipe Notes:
- Quality and freshness of yeast are important when baking any bread.
- I have used very less amount of sugar if you like your presents sweeter you can add more sugar.
- You can make crescent roll ahead of time and bake them later.
- You can freeze the dough for these dinner rolls.
To make rolls ahead prepare the dough and allow the first rise of the dough (step - 8)
When you are ready to make take into consideration the time involved and then resume from step -8
How to Store and Freeze Homemade Crescent Rolls
You can store leftovers baked rolls for up to 2 weeks. Put them in a ziplock bag or bread box and store them in the fridge.
To freeze crescent rolls
Make the rolls till (step-12) given in the recipe card below. Do not bake them yet but cover them and put them in the freezer in the baking tray itself.
After two hours, when they freeze remove the rolls from the tray and place in a ziplock freezer bag or airtight container.
When ready to bake, defrost rolls by transferring them from fridge to freezer after placing them on a parchment lined tray and then bake as per directions given in the recipe card below.
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Homemade Crescent Rolls - Best and Easy
- Mixing bowl
- dough scraper
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ tablespoon instant yeast
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup butter
- ¼ cup warm water
- ¼ cup whole milk warm
- First of all, activate the yeast. In a bowl add yeast and warm water along with the sugar.
- Allow the yeast to proof for 5 minutes till it is all bubbly.
- To prepare the wet mix together Lukewarm milk, egg, salt and melted butter. Make sure to bring it to room temperature after melting it.
- For preparing crescent roll dough, in a big mixing bowl add all-purpose flour and add wet mix along with activated yeast.
- Mix the dough ingredients to combine them. At this time dough is quite sticky but this will become perfect in no time. DO not add more flour even if you are tempted to add more.
- You can easily handle the dough with your hands but if you feel it is too sticky and you have dough scraper you can use that. It makes the task easier.
- Transfer the dough onto a lightly floured surface and kneed it for a minute or two.
- Now transfer this dough in a big mixing bowl and cover it with either a damp cloth or cling film. Allow the dough to double in the size which will take about 45 minutes to an hour.
- Punch the dough to flatten it and transfer on a surface lightly dusted with flour and kneed it by turning and folding.
- Roll the dough into a round of ⅛ inch thickness. Now cut the round into 4 parts and further cut them into wedges. You will make 12 wedges this way.
- To shape the presents, now take a wedge and from its wide side start rolling it towards the narrow edge. Bend the shaped roll from both edges inwards to make a crescent moon shape.
- Cover with a damp cloth and allow these presents for a second rise. Keep them for 30 minutes till they become almost doubled in the size again.
- Meanwhile preheat the oven to 400 F or 200C and bake the dinner rolls for 12-13 minutes. Serve warm with butter or store them in a ziplock bag after cooling them.
- Your buttery, flaky light and fluffy homemade crescent rolls made from scratch are ready to enjoy!