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purple ribbon-winning cresent rolls

★★★★★ 1
a recipe by
Kathy Carlson
Roseville CA to San Diego, CA

I once entered these in a Pillsbury baking contest. When I went back (I missed the actual judging), I was hoping for a Blue Ribbon. I saw the one that won blue, and it was not mine. I was so disappointed! Then my son said, Mom, yours are over here with a purple ribbon. Perplexed, I read "Best of Class." I had won over all of the bread types. They have been on every special event table since.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

No more buying crescent rolls for us after trying this recipe. These are relatively easy to prepare and they look beautiful on the table. And they are delicious!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 1
serves 12
prep time 3 Hr
cook time 15 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For purple ribbon-winning cresent rolls

  • 3 c
    bread flour
  • 2 1/2 c
    warm whole milk (120-130 degrees F)
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    rapid rise yeast granules (packet or jar)
  • 1/2 c
    canned milk
  • 1/2 c
    vegetable oil
  • 1/4 c
  • 2 lg
    eggs, room temperature
  • 3 - 5 c
    all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling out
  • melted butter, for brushing

How To Make purple ribbon-winning cresent rolls

  • 1
    In the bowl of a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, combine the bread flour, whole milk, sugar, and yeast until sponge-like.
  • 2
    Add the canned milk, oil, sugar and eggs.
  • 3
    Beat in the all-purpose flour, one cup at a time. You will want a fairly sticky dough, but not too sticky to handle. Let rise 1 1/2 hours. Punch down the dough.
  • 4
    Cover sheet pans with parchment paper or a silicon baking sheet. Quarter the dough. Roll each quarter into a 10" circle. Cut each circle into 6 triangles. Roll up to form the crescent shape. Place on prepped sheet pans. (Twelve rolls should fit on each pan.) Cover with plastic wrap and let rise one more hour.
  • 5
    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. (I usually have them ready to pop in as the turkey comes out.) Bake until brown on top and bottom. Remove from the oven and brush with melted butter. I have baked them until just starting to brown and then browned them up just before serving. (You just can't have them ready and waiting for the rest of dinner because they disappear!)