May 12th, 2012

Cloverleaf rolls

Kleeblatt-BrötchenI neglected the Blog a little bit in the last months. But I passed the defence of my Ph.d. thesis successfully last Monday so I have time for blogging once again.

We (some other freshly made “Dr.”s and me) had a party to celebrate this event. I volunteered to take care of the bread and tested two new overnight recipes for the party: cloverleaf rolls and burger buns. The Burger buns are made with very little yeast and proofed overnight at room temperature while the cloverleaf rolls proofed in the fridge. I only had to bake the rolls the next morning.

The cloverleaf rolls are a little eye catcher for  a buffet. One of the “leaves” of the cloverleaf is dipped in sesame, one of the them is dipped in poppy seeds and one stayed plain. It is my miniature variation of the German “Brötchensonne”.

They taste very good, too, with a complex flavour due to poolish and the long and cold proofing.

Cloverleaf rolls

yields 24 rolls


  • 250g flour Type 550
  • 250g Water
  • 1g fresh yeast


  • Poolish
  • 800g flour Type 550
  • 425g Water
  • 75g Butter
  • 4g fresh yeast
  • 20g Salt


  • Sesame
  • poppy seeds

In the morning: Mix all ingredients for the Poolish and ferment for 12 hours on a warm place (about 25°C).

In the evening: Dissolve the yeast in the water, add flour, salt and Poolish and knead 5 min at slowest speed, then around 11 min on fast speed until complete gluten development. Now add the butter and knead for about 2 min until complete incooperated.

Divide the dough into 24 pieces of about 75g each. Then divide each dough piece into 3 smaller pieces of equal size (ca. 25g each), form them into little balls. Dip one in sesame seeds and one in poppy seeds and lay them a piece of baking paper (12cm x 12cm), forming a cloverleaf. Transfer it with the baking paper into a muffin pan.

Proof overnight in the fridge.

The next morning preheat the oven to 250°C  and bake the rolls for 20 min with steam.

I sent this entry to Yeastspotting, Susans weekly showcase of yeast baked good.

10 Responses t_on Cloverleaf rolls

  1. TONYK June 11th, 2012




  2. alexander May 14th, 2012

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu deinem Dr. rer nat.
    Das muss man auch mal hervorheben. Schließlich ist das kein Dünnbrettbohrer-Dr, wie z.B. der von Medizinern.

    Alles Gute

  3. Connie May 14th, 2012

    Congratulations Stefanie, I’m happy for you and for all of us. Now you have more time for baking again and writing about it. I enjoy your recipes.

  4. Glenda May 13th, 2012

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch!!!! Ich habe wieder deine Brötchen Rustico und die Sahne-Brioche gebacken wir immer ein totaler Erfolg 🙂

  5. Nadja May 13th, 2012

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Titel 🙂 und natürlich auch zu einem wieder tollen über Nacht Rezept, die ich liebe ich so. Herzlichst Nadja


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