Garlic Butter Clover Bread Rolls

garlic butter clover bread roll

There is no smell homelier or more comforting than that of freshly baked bread. Especially when said bread is filled with garlic butter and topped with cheese…

garlic butter clover bread rolls

I needed some bread to have with soup for dinner so I decided to knock up a batch of garlic butter rolls, but not being content with making plain, round rolls, I also decided to make them pretty! I’ve got a long list of bread shaping techniques I want to try, because why have a plain loaf when you can do something intricate with it?! I settled on these twisty clover shaped rolls which are actually far simpler to shape than they look.

garlic butter clover buns

I made a soft, enriched milk bread dough and once it had risen, rolled it out and cut out circles; I didn’t have a pastry cutter large enough so I just used the top of a big mug, I didn’t even need to cut round it with a knife, the dough was soft enough that just pressing down on the mug was enough to cut through it. I then spread garlic butter of half of the discs and placed an un-buttered disc on top of each one, cut each round in eight places to make eight triangles, or four pairs of triangles (leaving the centre uncut), then flipped each pair of triangles over away from each other. If these instructions sound complicated never fear! I have provided photo instructions which will make it all make sense!

garlic butter clover bread rolls

The rolls turned out beautifully, the bread is soft and fluffy and has a delicious flavour from the garlic butter, and the twisted clover shape makes it easy to pull sections (or “leaves”) off to dunk in your soup.

I’m linking these to Fiesta Friday for Angie’s birthday!

Garlic Butter Clover Bread Rolls

  • Servings: about 11 rolls
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  • 500g (4 + 1/4 cups) strong white bread flour
  • 10g (3 tsp) fast action yeast
  • 10g (1tsp) salt
  • 25g (2tbsp) caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 30g (2tbsp) softened butter
  • 250ml (1 cup + 1tbsp) lukewarm milk


  • 50g (1/4 cup) softened butter
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley/1/2 tsp dried
  • 1 egg
  • parmesan cheese/caraway seeds/sesame seeds (optional)

Place the flour in a large bowl, add the yeast to one side and the salt and sugar to the other, crack in the egg, add the butter and two thirds of the milk, mix everything together to form a shaggy dough. Add more milk gradually until all the flour has been incorporated and the dough is soft and sticky, you may not need all of the milk or you may need a little more.

Turn the dough out onto an un-floured surface and knead for 5-10 minutes until smooth and elastic, place into a lightly oiled bowl, cover with clingfilm and set aside to rise until doubled in size, 1.5-2 hours.

Meanwhile make the garlic butter, crush the garlic cloves and mix into the butter along with the parsley. Line two baking sheets with silicone liners or greaseproof paper.

Once the dough has risen, knock it back and then roll out on a lightly floured surface to about 4-5mm thick. Use a 9-10cm round cutter (I used a large mug) to cut circles from the dough. Re-roll the leftover dough to cut out more circles, you need an even number of them. Spread a little garlic butter onto half of the discs and place an un-buttered disc on top of each buttered one, press down gently to seal.

garlic bread dough

Using a sharp knife, cut each circle in eight places, so you get eight triangles, or four pairs of triangles (leave the centre uncut).

clover buns

With each pair of triangles, flip each one over in opposite directions away from each other so that each triangle is now upside-down.

clover bun dough

Do this with each pair of triangles then transfer the buns to the prepared baking trays.

clover buns

Loosely cover with clingfilm and set aside to rise for 20-30 minutes until puffy and the dough springs back when pressed lightly with a finger. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 220ยฐC/425ยฐF/gas mark 7. Once the buns have risen, beat the egg and brush some over each bun, sprinkle with grated parmesan, caraway seeds or sesame seeds if desired.

Place in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes until golden, cover with foil if they start to colour too quickly (as you can see, I wasn’t quick enough with the foil and mine started to catch a bit). Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

28 Comments on Garlic Butter Clover Bread Rolls

  1. Ginger
    October 23, 2014 at 10:11 am (4 years ago)

    These must be the most beautiful buns I’ve ever seen! The clover design is just spectacular – did you know that the clover leaf symbolises luck in Germany?
    Ginger (feeling very lucky now, having spotted them ;-))

    • Domestic Gothess
      October 23, 2014 at 10:28 am (4 years ago)

      Thankyou! I didn’t know that the clover leaf was lucky in Germany, only Ireland, I have learned something today! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. insidetherustickitchen
    October 23, 2014 at 10:19 am (4 years ago)

    These looks amazing, my mouth is watering! I agree there is no better smell than home cooked bread especially when garlic and cheese is involved ha all my favourite things!! Just yum.

    • Domestic Gothess
      October 23, 2014 at 10:29 am (4 years ago)

      Yep! baking bread is one of my favourite ever smells ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Mirta Porley
    October 23, 2014 at 11:30 am (4 years ago)

    My family loves this bread , look delicious

  4. Michelle @ Giraffes Can Bake
    October 23, 2014 at 5:31 pm (4 years ago)

    These not only sound yummy, but look amazing too! I love the design, so unique! Definitely going to have to borrow that idea!

  5. The Novice Gardener
    October 24, 2014 at 12:52 pm (4 years ago)

    Gorgeous! I’ve never seen more beautiful garlic rolls! Will try these, Hannah, for sure! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Julie is HostessAtHeart
    October 24, 2014 at 2:22 pm (4 years ago)

    These would be impressive on any table. Thank you for the great explanation on the technique. I’ll be saving these for a special occasion!

  7. Hilda
    October 24, 2014 at 2:45 pm (4 years ago)

    These garlic rolls look delicious. And thanks for the very clear explanation on how to form them.

  8. Mr Fitz
    October 24, 2014 at 6:26 pm (4 years ago)

    WOW WOW WOW!!! how cool do they look! bet they taste even better!

  9. Loretta
    October 24, 2014 at 7:39 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow~ this looks absolutely professional! Love the picture tutorial too.

  10. Suchitra
    October 24, 2014 at 11:02 pm (4 years ago)

    Love it! Absolutely gorgeous buns!

  11. Christine
    October 25, 2014 at 2:15 am (4 years ago)

    Yum! Thanks for showing us how to fold the rolls! We loved having you at #FoodieFridays!

  12. skd
    October 25, 2014 at 7:48 pm (4 years ago)

    I completely agree with your first line. My most favorite aroma is that of freshly baking bread in the oven. Love how your breads look . Yummy…

  13. sarahgiebens
    October 25, 2014 at 7:55 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow that looks so so good!
    Thank you so much for bringing this to FF!

  14. Jhuls
    October 26, 2014 at 10:30 am (4 years ago)

    Fresh, homemade bread is one of the best things in the world. These rolls are amazing – I could smell them from here. ๐Ÿ˜€ Not only that they taste good, but they look so beautiful as well. <3

  15. apuginthekitchen
    October 26, 2014 at 4:34 pm (4 years ago)

    Absolutely delicious and wonderful, love this bread and it’s a fantastic addition to Fiesta Friday, thank you so much,

  16. Butter, Basil and Breadcrumbs
    October 26, 2014 at 8:29 pm (4 years ago)

    I love these rolls, Hannah! They are so pretty, and sound so delicious! You make them seem so easy to make.. I’m printing this as I’m typing to add to my bucket list of recipes to try.. Awesome, awesome post! <3

  17. platedujour
    October 27, 2014 at 8:17 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh my! These are absolutely delicious! ! And so true, nothing better like fresh bread made at home ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. dishofdailylife
    October 28, 2014 at 1:30 am (4 years ago)

    These are gorgeous! And they look so good too! There really is nothing quite like the smell of fresh bread…so glad you shared these with us at Foodie Fridays! Pinning!

  19. Selma's Table
    October 28, 2014 at 2:56 pm (4 years ago)

    Wonderful, Hannah; quite spectacular really. Your sbs photos are a great help too. This is a technique that I really must try!

    • Domestic Gothess
      October 28, 2014 at 4:39 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Selma ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad my photos are helpful!

  20. Johanne Lamarche
    November 1, 2014 at 2:12 am (4 years ago)

    The look, the aroma, and I am sure the taste~a perfect trifecta. Wow oh wow, mouth watering as I write. Great tutorial. Thanks.

  21. Sandhya
    November 1, 2014 at 4:20 am (4 years ago)

    These are the most beautiful garlic rolls I have ever seen! Simply amazing!


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