From what I’ve been able to find online, these little bites of pastry heaven are not all that well known. I lucked out and came across these by mistake on allrecipes.com and I’ve been hanging on to the recipe for months, waiting for the perfect time to whip these up.
Ugh. I hate when I do that. All this time I’ve had the recipe and not made it was just a waste. I wasn’t fully living my life without eating butter rolls at least once. Now, thankfully, my life is complete. I can die happy. Preferably with one of these rolls in my face.
These rolls are less cinnamon roll and more pie crust. There is an abundance of butter involved, a good deal of sugar, and a sprinkling of cinnamon (you could totally up the cinnamon here). The pastry dough gets rolled up and cut to form a beautiful spiral, gently placed in a pan, and then doused in a sweet milk sauce. As the rolls bake, the milk sauce thickens up a bit into a fabulous custard.
I can totally picture an old Southern grandma making these rolls for her family. And, since it’s my goal in life to be an old Southern grandma in the kitchen, these rolls made me happy.
I’m a huge fan of the dough. It’s very similar to a pie crust, but baking it in the sweet milk sauce softens it up a bit. All in all, this butter roll recipe is one that I plan on keeping and passing down to my kids.
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, cold
1/2 cup cold water
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
1/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups milk
2/3 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 7x11 baking dish.
In a large bowl, mix together the flour and salt. Use a pastry cutter to cut in the butter. When you have coarse crumbs, add the 1/2 cup of water and stir. Use your hands to press the dough together. Place dough in fridge for 10 minutes to make it a bit easier to work with.
Generously sprinkle your workspace with flour.
Roll the dough out into a 12x10 rectangle. Spread the softened butter evenly over the pastry. Sprinkle with the 1/4 cup of sugar and cinnamon.
Roll up the dough, jelly roll style. Cut into 12 even slices.
Place in the prepared baking dish.
In a small saucepan, heat the milk and remaining sugar just until it begins to boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Pour all of this mixture over the rolls.
Bake until browned, about 30-40 minutes.
lightly adapted from allrecipes.com