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This week has just started here, but it has been already bitter-sweet. The kids are back to school this week from their spring break, and I am home with my toddler, planning activities for the nest few weeks, gearing up for the warm days of spring, and getting ready for Easter.

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Easter is such a special holiday for me. I have written about it on the blog last year, and I think it will always be that awesome holiday in my mind that brings the family together. My Easter memories from the childhood are always going to stay with me – and this was such a great time for us back then to really bond with each other.

Easter was a special time when my grandmother would take a day off work, stay home, and dedicate the day to baking. She used to work as a hospital physician, and led a very busy life, but would always take that day off to stay with the family and celebrate the tradition.

Pillsbury Crescent Roll Recipe

My grandmother was not as much of an amateur baker as my mother was, and would only occasionally bake anything, but Easter baking was her specialty. One whole day was spent almost exclusively preparing the dough, folding it, beating it down, and we would sit and watch the dough rise. Then, once the dough was ready, the baking itself started, and all the possible pots and pans would be put to work making endless kuliches, rolls, breads, and national Armenian desserts that we loved so much. This dough was almost perfect, and would not fail her. We loved the cakes that we would get, and enjoyed the baked goods for days to come, playing special games with our boiled colored eggs, and celebrating Easter.

Those cakes were special, and in the early years of my life we would share the cakes with everyone we knew, especially friends who were not celebrating Easter as they did not have that same tradition of baking, and would only get the cakes from us to enjoy. Years passed, and then there were years when we had nobody to share the cakes with, as there were no friends left in the city we lived in, and we ended up eating all the goodness ourselves, slowly, as the amount of batter was not adjusted, and the grandmother continued making the same amount of cakes as always.

Pillsbury Crescent Roll Recipe

Then there were years when we would miss Easter and the cakes, for various reasons, but the grandmother would often bake those same cakes sometimes for other occasions, or just because, letting us enjoy them. When my grandmother passed away my mother continued the tradition of baking the cakes, but as I grew older, I moved out of my home, and did not continue the baking holidays. Between the constant weight loss, my kids not liking anything with filling for a long time, and generally not being able to bake this much out of fear of nobody eating the baked goodness I kind of stopped participating in the Easter baking challenge, for the most part.

The idea of baking for the whole day of the mounts and mounts of doughy goodness to share with friends and neighbors is probably something I will go back to in a few years. My children are growing up, and are able to eat more varied foods now, we have lots more friends now than we did before, and going back to how my family lived in the past, how close we were with my grandmother makes this a dream that I will be working towards, step by step.

Pillsbury Crescent Roll Recipe

Right now, with my toddler around the house, I rarely get a chance to really cook a complete meal, let alone to bake something special. Most of the day is spent running around and watching her every move, and trying to minimize the damage to the house from a very energetic and playful girl.

This Easter I wanted to be able to make something exciting for my children to try out, and something that would bring back those memories of my own Easter baked goods filled childhood, without having to sacrifice my whole day to one dough making activity. Why make the dough when it is sold in cans, all ready for you to use?

I have got a few sets of Pillsbury crescent roll dough cans, and, by the way, they sell those in a pack of two at Walmart. One pack is usually not enough for our whole family to eat. I like to have leftovers that I munch on later as a snack, so a pack of two is perfect. I actually used several packs today as I made 3 types of special Easter style filled crescent rolls.

To make these crescent rolls, I used the old recipes of filling that my Grandmother used making her famous Easter baked goods. Essentially, the same flavors that I used to eat as a child, but made in a matter of minutes. It was a different time back then, a much simpler time, a slower time. Now it is a bitter-sweet memory of mine. I am a little bit sad that I don’t have the time or the crowd of people to feed making a whole day affair of baking and bonding, but I am also happy that now I can spend more time with the family, talking, and the baking process takes just a few minutes – and we can still make a mount of good food to eat!

In the end, I made three types of filled crescent rolls that brought back memories for me, and were flavors I wanted my children to try – flavors of my childhood that would connect our generations.

The first recipe – a savory mushroom crescent

Pillsbury Crescent Roll Recipe

My Mother used to own a bakery, and had a recipe that she used that sold like hot cakes. Maybe because it was literally hot cakes – a recipe of a delicious mushroom filled savory baked hand pie that I will always remember as my Mother’s savory specialty. While the dough is not difficult to make by itself, I wanted to use the pre-made Pillsbury crescent rolls, and test out if I could use the same filling to see if it would work.

The rolls with the mushroom filling worked perfectly – the dough was flaky, and added this special dimension to the mushroom filling – the whole mushroom crescent was just melting in my mouth.

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Mushroom filled Crescent Roll

This is a perfect recipe for an hors d’oevre dish, or a pie to eat with a bowl of your favorite soup

Ingredients
  • Pillsbury Crescent Rolls Dough – 2 cans
  • 1 8 ounce pack of button mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ of a medium onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp of butter
  • eggwash – mix 1 egg with water

Instructions
  1. Heat butter and olive oil in a pan.
  2. Preheat oven at 375 degrees.
  3. Fry onions until almost translucent, then add mushrooms to the pan, and fry them for about 3-5 minutes until done. Don’t forget to add salt/pepper to the mushrooms.
  4. Let the mushrooms with onions cool down.
  5. Open up Pillsbury crescent dough into triangles and spread them on 2 trays.
  6. Place approximately ½ Tbsp to 1 Tbsp of the mushrooms into the middle of the crescent roll.
  7. Carefully roll the dough, trying to keep all of the mushrooms inside, and making a crescent shape.
  8. Paste eggwash on top of the crescents to get that golden glow.
  9. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 9 to 12 minutes until golden brown.

The second recipe – a sweet/savory poppy seed crescent

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My Easter memories are inseparable from the poppy seed rolled cakes my Grandmother made. The cake itself says spring like no other. Poppy seeds were hard to find back when I was growing up. There was a deficit of them available in stores as they were either produced in small quantities, or even sometimes considered to be prohibited for sale for some years as the government was fighting with the opioid addiction. I am not sure but there were some years when the Grandmother couldn’t get any poppy seeds for baking because the sales were limited per person – the government was worried that people would use poppy seeds to grow prohibited crops or something of this nature. Little did the government know, regular people just wanted to have their poppy seed filled rolls for Easter – this was our life in the former USSR.

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Well, now I could buy unlimited amounts of poppy seeds if I wanted, but somehow I don’t tend to cook much with these. I know I should as they remind me of those happy days of my childhood, when we would be able to have poppy seed rolls – those were the best desserts ever!

So, today I decided to make poppy seed filled crescent rolls, and those sure were eaten happily by my kids. That means more will be baked again soon, lucky I made a large portion for everyone.

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Poppy Seed Filled Crescent

Try this sweet dessert to enjoy the flavors of the old world adapted for the modern time

Ingredients
  • 2 cans of Pillsbury crescent rolls
  • 35 g of poppy seeds
  • 2 Tbsp of milk
  • 2 Tbsp of granulated sugar
  • eggwash – 1 egg mixed with water

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven at 375 degrees.
  2. Mix poppy seeds, milk and granulated sugar into liquidy paste.
  3. Open up Pillsbury crescent dough into triangles and spread them on 2 trays.
  4. Place approximately ½ tsp to 1 tsp of the poppy seed paste in the middle of the crescent roll. Use a brush if needed.
  5. Roll the dough making a crescent shape. Don’t worry if a little bit of filling spills out.
  6. Paste eggwash on top of the crescents to get that golden glow.
  7. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 9 to 12 minutes until golden brown.

Compound Butter with Ginger, Maple Syrup and Cinnamon

Pillsbury Crescent Roll Recipe

If you like, you could make a compound butter condiment to serve with these crescents. Poppy seeds go well with ginger, so I have created a special ginger, maple syrup and cinnamon compound butter to go with these crescents. The butter turned out very well, and adds an amazing sweet touch and zing to the crispy and flaky crescents for a modern twist of flavors.

Pillsbury Crescent Roll Recipe

Ginger Flavored Sweet Compound Butter with Maple Syrup and Cinnamon

Add this butter to a salty dessert for a sweet touch – this butter will work well with your favorite waffles or pancakes as well

Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp of grated ginger
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp of maple syrup
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon

Instructions
  1. Leave the butter at room temperature to soften.
  2. Mix butter with grated ginger, maple syrup and cinnamon
  3. Fold butter in parchment paper and form a roll of butter
  4. Store in the fridge, and use a dollop as needed with your dishes.

The third recipe – Sweet Crescents filled with Strudel

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This third crescent I have tried is so similar to what my Grandmother used to make for us when I was growing up. While the national language my grandparents spoke did not continue either to my parents or to me, the national food that generations of our ancestors used to eat and cook survived, and was taught to me by my grandparents. I feel an enormous gratitude and feel humble to be able to teach my children the flavors of my nation, the traditional baking techniques, and the old-fashioned traditions that we can still enjoy today, in our own modern way.

The crescents I have made with this recipe turned out so sweet and delicious, they became an instant favorite in the house, and every last bit was eaten though I have made 2 rolls worth of dough again.

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Strudel Filled Crescent Rolls

If you are looking for a quick and easy treat using simple ingredients – try this old world recipe to find a new favorite!

Ingredients
  • 2 cans of Pillsbury crescent dough
  • 50 g of ghee or clarified butter (if you don’t have this ingredient, you can use melted butter as well)
  • ½ cup of granulated sugar
  • ½ cup of flour
  • eggwash – 1 egg mixed with water

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven at 375 degrees.
  2. Mix ghee (or butter if that is what you are using) with sugar and flour. The consistency you will get will be similar to strudel crumbs.
  3. Open up Pillsbury crescent dough into triangles and spread them on 2 trays.
  4. Place approximately ½ Tbsp of the strudel mix into the middle of the crescent roll.
  5. Carefully roll the dough, trying to keep all of the strudel inside, and making a crescent shape.
  6. Paste eggwash on top of the crescents to get that golden glow.
  7. Sprinkle a small pinch of strudel mix on top of the crescent
  8. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 9 to 12 minutes until golden brown.

Pillsbury Crescent Roll Recipe

I am so happy this year to make some of my childhood favorites in a new faster fashion to be able to enjoy these with my family, without compromising the time or the flavors. What are your plans for this coming Easter? Any special recipes that you are planning to try out? What is your menu going to be like? Let me know in comments what your plans for this Easter are, if you are celebrating it.

Hope you can try these recipes and Happy #EasterWithPillsbury for you and your family!

 

 

 

 

 

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