Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing with you all some of my favorite family holiday recipes. Making recipes that have been in the family for generations is a great way to keep the family tradition alive and remember those who are no longer with us. My great grandmother Melvin’s Yeast rolls are absolutely delicious and when passed around the dinner table it feels as though she is right there with us. This is a great recipe that the kids can get involved with because the rolls are fairly simple to make, with only a few ingredients. It has always been important to me to get the kids in the kitchen (especially around the holidays) so that they can share in the tradition and hopefully pass it down to their kids someday. I hope you enjoy the recipe and start a new tradition of your own! Below you will find my great grandmothers famous Yeast Roll Recipe.
yields roughly 16 yeast rolls
1 scant cup sugar
1 scant cup shortening
1 cup boiling water
1/2 tsp salt
5-6 cups of Flour
2 packets of active dry yeast or 4 1/2 teaspoons
In a small bowl add 3/4 cup of tepid water (105 degrees). This will be warm to the touch but NOT HOT. If the water is too hot it will kill the yeast and your dough will not rise! Let the yeast and water mixture stand about 10 minutes or until the yeast is very bubbly and the mixture has risen significantly. If it does not bubble and rise then simply repeat this step. The yeast needs to activate properly for the rolls to rise. (this picture is after 5 min)
In a separate bowl, add your sugar, shortening, salt, and 1 cup of boiling water. Stir the mixture until. the shortening has dissolved.
After your ingredients have cooled, add two beaten eggs and yeast mixture.
Next, add 4 cups of flour
stir in the flour until the dough forms a ball and slightly pulls away from the sides of the bowl. The dough will be sticky. Slowly sprinkle in more flour, about 1/2 cup at a time and knead until your dough is soft and fluffy. These rolls are soft and light, if you add too much flour they will be heavy and dense. You want your dough to look like the picture below. I ended up only needing 5 cups of flour
Place the bowl in a warm place covered with a tea towel. Allow the dough to rise for 1 hour.
tip: If you are in a time crunch, preheat your oven to 175 and turn off once it is up to temp. place the bowl in the TURNED OFF oven. The warmth will allow your dough to rise significantly faster.
once your dough has doubled in size, butter your muffin tins and don’t be shy! I never said these were low-fat dinner rolls…
we will be adding three 1-2 inch balls of dough to each buttered muffin tin like so
cover with tea towel and allow to rise for one hour. You can repeat the tip above to move the process along faster.
Your rolls should look like this. Brush the tops lightly with butter.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-20 min depending on the size of your rolls. keep a close eye on them so they do not get too brown on top!
Happy Holidays friends!