Friday, November 9, 2012

Grandma's Dinner Rolls

Are you looking for the perfect old fashioned dinner roll? Well this recipe is sure to please. The recipe is my Grandma's. A few years ago after she passed away, I decided to put together a cook book with all of her recipes. I asked all my cousins and aunts and uncles what their favorite dishes were that she made. The number one thing they all remembered and wanted the recipe for was her rolls. She was famous for them in her little corner of the world.

Let's get started with the yeast:

In order for yeast to thrive you need to create the perfect environment. If the water is cold, the yeast wont rise well. If the water is too hot then it will kill the yeast. You want the water to be warm. But there are a lot of degrees of warm. I've found that "baby bottle warm" is perfect. Another thing yeast loves is sugar. It feeds off it and grows more quickly when you add sugar.

 So fill your measuring cup with 1/2 c. of "baby bottle warm" water. Add 1/2 T. sugar and 1 T. yeast. Stir together {Image on the left} Let sit for 5 minutes and don't mess with it. {Image on the right} The yeast will expand and get foamy. If you use instant yeast, you don't necessarily have to go through this step, but I still do. That's the way I learned to make bread/rolls. I guess I'm a little old-fashioned. One reason I like to do this step anyway is because you can tell if your yeast is cultivated. If it doesn't work you can start over with this step, instead of ruining all the other ingredients.

 While your yeast is sitting, start measuring out your other ingredients. 
1 -   Melt together milk and shortening {I use butter flavored} on the stove top or in the microwave. LET COOL for a few minutes! This hot mixture can kill your yeast too.

2 - Combine 1 c. flour, salt, sugar and eggs. Then add milk mixture and yeast mixture.

3 - Then add more flour {2 1/2 - 3 1/2 c.} to make a dough. When the dough starts to stick together and mostly comes away from the bowl then you have enough flour. You don't want too much flour so start by adding 2 c. then add another 1/2 c. at a time until you get the right consistency. {If you add to much flour you can add some more water 1 T. at a time.} Knead for 5 minutes. {I use my Kitchenaid}

4 - Cover and let rise until double in a warm place. This tends to take longer in the winter, since the temperature is cooler.

5 - This is the first rise.

7* - Punch down the dough, cover and let rise again until double.

6 - This is the second rise

8 - Roll out the dough and cut into circles. I use a cup. I like to spray the counter with cooking spray to keep the dough from sticking.

9 - Dip each circle into some butter, then place on cookie sheet and fold it in half. Press down to keep the dough folded over.

*You might notice my numbers are out of order. I got my pictures in the collage out of order. I'm sorry, but not enough to fix the collage:)

Bake at 400 for 12 minutes.

This recipe is actually half of what my Grandma always made.

For a printable recipe click here.

 Grandma's Dinner Rolls Recipe

1/2 c. "baby bottle warm" water
1 T. yeast
1/2 T. sugar
 1/2 c. milk
3 T. shortening

1/2 T. salt
1/4 c. sugar
3 1/2 - 4 1/2 c. flour, divided
2 beaten eggs
2-3 T. melted butter or margarine

Combine water, yeast and sugar. Let sit 5 minutes. Melt shortening in milk on stove top or in the microwave. Let cool a few minutes. Combine 1 c. flour, sugar salt and eggs. Add milk mixture, and mix together. Then add yeast and mix together. Add enough flour to make a dough. Knead 5 minutes. Let rise until double, punch down and let rise again until double in size. Roll out dough and using a cup, cut into circles. Dip each circle in melted butter and fold in half and place on cookie sheet. Pinch down the end to keep it in place. Bake at 400 for 12 minutes.

Here are some other recipes from my Grandma: Chicken Noodle Soup, Hot Fudge Sauce, Sugar Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cinnamon Rolls, Effie's Sugar Cookies, Monkey Bread, Ginger Snaps, O' Henry Bars, Pie Crust,
Lemon Freeze 

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  1. Great recipe. These rolls look delicious. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party and would love to have you share this with everyone. Here is the link to the party.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  2. That is awesome you are putting together a cookbook with all your grandma's recipes. I bet all of your relatives love you for that. These rolls look amazing and I can't wait to see what other recipes of your grandma's you post!

  3. These look really really good! Think I'll have to pin. :) Found your delicious recipe via Six Sisters' Stuff.

  4. Mmmmm Rolls!

    ~Allyson from

  5. I want one of Grandmas dinner rolls right now. :) Those look so good. I appreciate you sharing this on "I Gotta Try That Monday"

  6. Doing rolls from scratch have always scared me, but these might change my mind!

  7. Oh wow. These look heavenly. The best recipes seem to come from Grandmas. :) Thanks for sharing this. I'm definitely going to try - pinning now!


    Jen @ Yummy - Healthy - Easy

  8. Wonderful recipes and great instructions!
    I would love to have you share this, or any other recipe of your at Wednesday Extravaganza - my Foodie Link Party with the chance to get a lifetime feature on my Wall of Fame. Here is the link:

    Can't wait to see you there!

  9. These look great! Please come by and post on our blog party! Thank you! Please help spread the word!

    Warmest Regards,

  10. I'm always looking for a good roll recipe. This one sounds fabulous!
    Thanks so much for linking up at Artsy Corner. Can't wait to see what you share this week! :)