26 September 2007

my mama's rolls

Did I say I was going to blog every day this week? I meant everyday except Tuesday. Because Tuesday, though it was not a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, did not have anything particularly to recommend itself and I am very happy to abandon it to the fogs of memory as soon as possible.

Wednesday, now wednesday is looking up. Twin had a potluck at work today so we made a batch of my Mom's rolls. These are holiday rolls in our house, and smell like Christmas to me. Buttery and delicate and completely delicious. They are especially good with a very thin layer of country ham inside.

In microwave-safe bowl, heat until hot:
2 cups milk

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar

Let cool until butter has softened.

In mixing bowl, combine:
4 cups flour
3 pkg dry yeast (one strip)

Stir in milk mixture and beat for five minutes.
Add 4 eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Add more flour (1/2 to 1 cup) until dough holds together but is still very soft. (It is much gloopier than most bread doughs)

Sprinkle 1/2 cup flour over the top, cover, and let rise until doubled in volume.
Turn out 1/2 the dough onto a floured board. Pat it into a circle about 1/4 inch thick. Spread 1/2 stick melted butter over the top. Cut into triangles (like a pizza) and roll from the wide end to the tip to form a crescent-shaped roll. The rolls should be the size of a baby's fist. Or a small mouse. (This is not an exact science. Most of mine come out looking like weird, oddly-sized lumps. They still taste good.)

Repeat with the other half of the dough.
Let rise until puffy.
Bake at 400 degrees until golden brown (about 10 minutes).



sally said...

Ooh...these look delicious! I'm going to make some tonight for dinner. Thanks for sharing the recipe. =)

Marmee said...

You didn't have time to blog on Tuesday because you were making the rolls. Making the rolls takes all evening -- but boy, do they look good.
I came home too soon.

Jennie said...

I can not BELIEVE you just compared Mama's rolls to a mouse. SACRILEGE!


Oiyi said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe.

wheresmyscissors said...

They look so good! I also like your "soup man peach turnovers", I have to try that one! :)

erin said...

they look delicious!

and on another note...saturday morning is going to work best for me. hope that jives with your schedule. can't wait!

Dinah said...

Mmmm these look deeeelicious!!

Marjorie said...

Those look ever so delicious! I'll have to try them!! :)

Dacia said...

those look delicious!

Anna said...

Those look sooo good! Thanks for the recipe, I must try it!

amandajean said...

those look so good!

I've been eating forgotten foods from my childhood this week. It's so comforting and it's fun to share it with my kids. my husband doesn't have the fond memories attatched to these foods, but he is a good sport. :)

Linda said...

I've always had a fear of working with yeast, but you make this sound so easy, and it sounds too good not to try. I'll make sure and report back!

Penny said...

These look SO GOOD, I might try them for Thanksgiving! Thanks for the recipe!

pussman said...

mmmmm! that lookssooo good, want to make it tomorrow and I love your dolls. please visit my pussman dolls!

good luck!

susan said...

these are perfect! yay!
do you have any advice about freezing them or refrigerating before baking? i want to bring them to a thanksgiving potluck and would like to do them completely in advance and just pop them in the oven before dinner. do you think if it's a matter of 2-3 hours from forming them in their crescents to baking them that they will over-rise?
thanks for posting this!