Clover leaf bread rolls, all soft and fluffy, always make me smile. It was pointed out to me, as I plonked this batch on the table, that they could also be called shamrock rolls so I’m sharing them here just in time for St Patrick’s Day!

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Clover Leaf Bread Rolls in a muffin tin.

But why, I hear you say, are they ‘Lucky’ clover leaf bread rolls? Well, every time I make them I miscalculate with the number of balls I’m rolling so there is always one roll with four leaves. Not as difficult to spot as the one we all search for in clover patches on our lawn, but lucky nonetheless! St Patrick apparently used the three leafed shamrock clover to illustrate the Trinity with each leaf representing faith, hope and love. That rare, rogue, extra leaf has come to symbolise good luck because they are so difficult to find!

The bread dough recipe I use for these rolls is the one I use for plain baps, burger buns and one of my plaited loaves, it is vegan, simple and delicious.

Lucky Clover Leaf Buns for St Patrick's Day.

Lucky Clover Leaf Buns for St Patrick's Day

Clover Leaf Bread Rolls

Delicious vegan clover leaf bread rolls, sometimes known as shamrock buns in our house and perfect for St Patrick's Day lunch with a nice bowl of soup washed down with a pint of what you fancy! 
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Prep Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: Chris @thinlyspread


  • 250 ml (1 cup) dairy free milk ( I used almond milk)
  • 50 g (1/4 cup) vegan margarine, melted
  • 1 tsp agave nectar
  • 2 tbsp active dried yeast
  • 400 g (3 + 1/8 cups) strong white flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp mixed seeds (poppy, sunflower, pumpkin and sesame)


  • Gently heat the milk until it is lukewarm, add the melted butter, yeast and agave, stir and leave in a warm place for 15 minutes until frothy.
  • Put the flour and salt into a large bowl (or into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook) and make a well in the middle.
  • Pour the milk and yeast mixture into the well and stir or mix to combine until you have a rough dough.
  • If you are kneading by hand turn your dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 20 minutes until smooth an elastic. If you are using your stand mixer mix the dough on a low to medium speed for 10 - 20 minutes until you have a smooth. elastic dough.
  • Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover and leave in a warm place to rise - it should double in size and takes 1 - 2 hours depending on the temperature in your warm place!
  • Lightly grease a 12 cup muffin tray.
  • Punch down the dough then divide it into 36 pieces (I never, ever get this right - hence the odd 4 leafed clover popping up!) Roll each into a ball and place 3 (or 4!) into each bun hole.
  • Cover with a tea towel and leave to rise until doubled in size - about an hour.
  • Brush with a little dairy free milk and sprinkle with the seeds.
  • Preheat the oven to 200C/180Fan/390F and bake your clover leaf rolls for 15 - 20 minutes until browned and the bottom sounds hollow when tapped. Cool on a wire rack.
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I served my lucky clover leaf rolls up with bowls of vegan cream of mushroom soup but, if you don’t fancy that, you could also try cauliflower cheese soup or maybe beetroot soup tickles your fancy?

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Clover leaf buns fresh from the oven.



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