Pull-Apart/Clover Leaf Rolls

Pull-aparts or Clover Leaf Rolls are surprisingly simple to make.  The best part is they look way fancier than they are so you get to eat yummy, fresh bread and people are extra impressed and assume you labored in love on their behalf.
The secret is that its really no labor at all.  All you do is grab a small piece of dough and roll it into a ball with the palms of your hands.  Repeat until you have three balls of dough.  Place into a baking cup in a cupcake pan.  Repeat until pan is full and/or dough is all used up.  Bake at 400 degrees F for 10-14 minutes or until fluffy and golden on top.
I've made clover leaf rolls with all sorts of bread dough.  Pretty much any regular bread recipe would work.  I've used our pizza dough recipe, the refrigerator roll recipe, several basic wheat and white recipes from the Beard on Bread cookbook and from the Better Homes and Garden's bread book.  So any bread recipe you like would work great, I am sure.

Its great.  They's easy to form, a little extra special to look at, and delicious to pull apart and pop into your mouth.  Yum.


  1. I'm thinking cinnamon roll cross cloverleaf roll. I'm thinking I may have to bake bread again tomorrow.

    1. Well, that sounds like a great idea! Did you give it a go?

  2. Beth, these are SO great! My kids love them, and my daughter had fun rolling little dough balls with me. Did you let the dough go through a second rise after shaping them in the muffin tin? I didn't, but they came out great. I think it would be fun to add poppy or sesame seeds on top as well!


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