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Farmhouse Kitchen Recipe: Great-Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Rolls

My daughter and I blog together at Forgotten Way Farms. We have a passion for simple and cozy living, gardening and making food from scratch. We love the old ways and preserving old family recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. This recipe is one of those family heirlooms, and I hope it becomes yours.

I grew up learning how to cook and can from my granny, I fell in love with the old ways on her farm and I’ve carried that passion with me. No matter where you live, you can incorporate simple and old-fashioned living wherever you are. Start with something small, like freshly baked rolls. Making homemade bread can be addictive, pretty soon you won’t be buying it from the store!

Great-Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Rolls

These rolls are from my great-grandma. They are like a delicious memory that is renewed every time I make them and think of her. My Grandma would use a little technique called a sponge by letting the yeast and part of the flour rise together, then adding the rest of the ingredients, kneading it altogether and allowing it rise a second time. The dough will raise a total of three times by the end of the process, making for a deliciously fluffy roll that is perfect for a Sunday family dinner.

1 Tbs. Yeast
2 C. Milk (warmed to 105-115 Degrees F.)
2 Tbs. Sugar
7 1/2 C. Flour
1/2 C. Butter
1/3 C. Sugar
2 Eggs
2 tsp. Salt

In a large bowl dissolve the yeast and two tablespoons of sugar into the warm milk. Add 3 1/4 C. Flour to make a sponge, beat until smooth, cover and let rise in a warm place for an hour. Then add the butter, sugar, eggs, salt and remaining 4 1/4 C. flour, and knead well. Cover and set in a warm place to rise for 2 hours. Shape into rolls and place on a parchment covered baking sheet or a buttered baking sheet. Cover and let rise again, for 30 min. Bake at 375 Degrees F. for about 25-30 minutes.

Abby Jo 

Forgotten Way Farms

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