Monday, June 1, 2009

Nanny Ruth's Sweet Rolls

On the hottest day we have had so far this year, I decided to bake rolls. Not the smartest decision ever. I have been wanting to adapt my grandmother's recipe to my new stand mixer from the moment I loaded it into the cart at Costco.

My grandmother has always baked up many different delicious treats. When she visited me a couple years ago, she wrote out a few for me. I already have a handwritten recipe book that she gave me when I graduated high school, but I always am looking to try new ones. This is her Can't Fail Rolls, that we all know as her sweet rolls.

These are the ingredients.

1 cup milk (the milk was shy, that's why it's not in the picture)
1/3 cup margarine or shortening (I used margarine)
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
5 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tbs yeast

Start by scalding the milk, margarine, and sugar in a saucepan. Let cool.

I poured it into my mixer bowl to cool quicker. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of sugar in 1 cup of lukewarm water and stir in 1 tablespoon of yeast. Allow to sit for 10 minutes or so. I have always been yeast challenged, so I have invested in an instant read thermometer. Liquids should be between 90 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit to properly proof.

Add yeast and egg to cooled milk mixture. Add flour and salt. Mix until dough ball forms, or knead for 9 minutes by hand.

Turn into a lightly greased bowl and allow to rise for one hour. Shape into rolls and place into greased pans. Allow to rise another hour.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. The rolls in my glass pan took a few minutes longer to brown. Turn out on wire racks to cool. With a little knob of margarine and a paper towel, grease the tops.

Pretend you are looking at the fresh baked rolls smeared with butter and strawberry jam, as in my haste to sample the bounty, I missed the photo opportunity.


1 comment:

  1. Yum Yum!! Sounds easy to make but Iam sure I would mess something up hehe...