3 1/2 - 4cupsall-purpose flourplus more for dusting
1/4cupunsalted buttervery soft, but not melted
1tspeggbeaten with ¼ tsp salt (for egg wash)
let's do it
In a large bowl, stir together the warm water, yeast and sugar until dissolved. Set aside for 5–10 minutes until the mixture becomes foamy.
Stir in the salt, beaten eggs, milk, melted butter and 3 cups of the flour. Mix until smooth, and then mix in only enough of the remaining flour so that soft, workable dough forms. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. Wipe out the work bowl and place the dough back into the bowl and cover with a kitchen towel. Allow the dough to rise until doubled in size, about 1–1½ hours.
Place 2 racks in the center part of the oven at least 4" apart and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray 2 baking sheets with cooking spray and set aside. Punch down dough and divide into 2 equal portions. Roll each half of the dough out into a 16" circle and brush with softened butter, using half of the butter on each circle. Cut the circles into 12 triangles in the same manner that you would cut a pizza into slices. In fact, a pizza cutter is just about the best tool for this job!
Roll each triangle into crescents by placing the wide edge of the triangle near you and the small edge pointing away from you. Roll the dough away from you until the spiral shape is formed. Place the roll on the prepared baking sheet with the pointed tip on the bottom to prevent unraveling. Curve the sides of the roll into a crescent shape and repeat with the remaining dough triangles.
Cover the rolls with a lint-free kitchen towel and allow the rolls to rise for an additional 1–1½ hours until at least doubled in size. Brush the tops of the rolls with egg wash and bake 12–15 minutes until golden brown. Allow the rolls to cool on a wire rack for just a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!
One Last Thing
Anyone who’s ever used the canned crescent dough will know how to roll these babies up…kids have a lot of fun creating this dish!