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Friday, December 2, 2011

Rolls, Rolls, Rolls!


If you like rolls this recipe may be right up your alley! They are very fast and simple to make, too. I got the recipe from the Arizona Republic about 25 years ago. The original recipe came from a small tea shop/restaurant in historic downtown Glendale, Arizona, The Spicery. If you have had the pleasure of eating there you know how large and delicious their rolls are! I have used half white and half wheat flour several times. My husband prefers them made with the wheat flour.

I have made a few changes to suit my family...I use butter only, no oleo/margarine is allowed in my house, have added the egg/water wash just before baking them and the use of whole wheat flour for up to 4 cups of the all purpose flour, other than that the recipe is as printed in the newspaper.

Here is some of the dough ready to shape into big fat rolls. I take a third of the dough, then cut it into 12 pieces roughly the same size with a bench scraper.


Here they are about ready to get popped into the oven.


Fresh from the oven...


Up close and personal!


I made 2 batches, which is 6 dozen rolls, for the family Thanksgiving last Friday. These rolls are probably the most often requested item I am asked to make, bake and take. Whenever there is a bake sale I am asked to "please, please, make those rolls that are to die for"!

Spicery Rolls

1 ½ cups boiling water
½ cup margarine (I have always used butter)
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 cup sugar
1 ½ cups water (hot, but not boiling)
6 ounces (¾ cup) evaporated milk
¼ cup yeast (yes, that is correct...I use Instant yeast)
9-11 cups all purpose flour (you may use up to 4 cups of whole wheat flour in lieu of 4 cups all purpose flour)
In a large bowl or 6 quart mixer (which is what I use), pour boiling water over butter. Add salt and sugar and stir well. When butter is melted, mix in additional hot water. Stir in evaporated milk. Slowly add flour and yeast. Turn out onto floured board and knead or use the dough hook on your mixer, knead for about 10 minutes. Next, grease a large bowl thoroughly, put the dough in it and turn it over so the surface will be well greased to prevent sticking. Cover, let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30-45 minutes. Dump onto well floured surface. Divide into thirds and each third into 12 equal pieces to form into dinner-size rolls. Let rise until doubled. Just before popping them into the oven I give the tops a good brushing of egg/water wash.Bake 25-35 minutes at 375° until the tops are browned nicely. Makes 36 large rolls.


Thanks for visiting...hope you will try these rolls for your Christmas dinner. Let me know if you think they aren't the best rolls ever!

I will be joining:

Foodie Friday at Designs By Gollum.
Seasonal Sunday at The Tablescaper

41 comments:

Foley said...

These sound and LOOK delicious. I've been looking at recipes after my 'not-so-great' try at roll making. Will definitely give these a try!

Kathe said...

Oh my! Mr. B is always asking me to make yeast rolls but I have been too afraid to try it. I always say I am a cook, not a baker (too much science involved).
I am printing out your recipe and will swallow my fear and try making them. They just look soooo good! Fingers crossed!

Ellen said...

These look amazing! I'm bookmarking it to try next week. I think I won't be buying Sister Schubert's this Christmas.

Thanks for visiting me at A Season for All Things. I'm your newest follower and can't wait to find more great recipes and posts! ~ Ellen

Kathleen said...

Finally! They are just gorgeous! I have never made them, but I wish I could taste yours. Maybe some cold day I will give it a try. But I don't have your yeast talent, maybe I'll tell Mike to do it, I mean beg!
Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Being a bread-a-holic these look so yummy!

Anonymous said...

Marigene, they look fantastic up close and personal :) I can just smell them, warm from the oven. I need to give them a try, but I am not from the bakers.

Jo's This and That said...

Oh I wish I had some! They look delicoius! Thanks for sharing and making me want them.Joann

Pat said...

My daughter is the yeast baker. I will forward this recipe to her. I think there are several of us that are afraid of yeast! They really come out pretty, can almost smell them.

Heather @CommonplaceBeauty said...

Oh my goodness, I love your table. I just adore plaid at Christmas. I can't believe you got a legit Scottish plaid at Goodwill! What a find. Oh, and now, thanks to looking at those rolls, I NEEEEEED some fresh bread! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

Pat's Pink Apron said...

Marigene,
Your rolls look and sound so wonderful. I'm going to keep this recipe and try them sometime. Thank you for sharing this. Pat

xinex said...

These look amazing, mouth watering, Marigene. Thanks for sharing the recipe...Christine

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Oh my gosh, Marigene! I am drooling over that bread! Yummy! Love your tartan tablescapce, too! Of course, I could not take my eyes off the tureen...another pretty one! Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Ditto word for word what Debbie said! Yum!!

kitty said...

Oh my goodness, those rolls look fabulous! Thanks for sharing this delcious recipe that I'll be trying soon.

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

Oh, how gorgeous! I have loved rolls since I was a little kid. These look particularly tempting.

Sarah said...

Nothing like home baked yeast rolls. I can smell them baking!

classic • casual • home said...

MUST smell heavenly!

The Tablescaper said...

Wow, these look so mouth watering. Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

The Tablescaper said...

When you have a chance, please amend your post to provide a link to Seasonal Sundays.

Thanks.

- The Tablescaper

bj said...

OH, MY LORD, WOMAN...these look amazing. I NEVER have very good luck with making bread but I want to try these..yummm

Suzy said...

Those are some mighty fine looking rolls! How could I not put them on the "to try" list?

Shanda said...

I'm always looking for easy recipes so I might try this one.

Mary said...

Oh I can smell their delicious aroma and wishing I had some right NOW!

Snap said...

The rolls look divine. I can imagine how wonderful they smell. Thanks for the recipe! Happy Seasonal Sunday.

On Crooked Creek said...

Marigene,
These look so delicious!!! The aroma that goes through one's home with the baking of bread can be matched by NO other!!! I have diasters with yeast...so I'll just gaze upon your rolls with envy in my heart! Enjoy!
Fondly,
Pat

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi darling, what a beautiful site to see this early in the morning, I "love" bread, rolls are my favorite. Thank you for sharing your recipe.. hugs ~lynne~

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Those look wonderful, Marigene! I absolutely have to try them. Kind of wishing I had one right now.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I assume you place them in the baking pan for the second rising?

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

YUM!! They look heavenly Mimi!!

CHRISTmas Blessings!
Gail

Anonymous said...

jeeze, my mouth is watering for one of them loaded with butter!
judy

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

I have been hoping you would post this recipe! Kathleen told us you made a good roll ;o)

Anonymous said...

Hey thanks Marigene for making these awesome things for us. I hope you never worry about whether it's the rolls or you that we love--we love you both!!!
Cousin B. in CG

Anonymous said...

Oh my, these look like my gramma's rolls from many years ago. I am sending your website to my neighbor who just helped me make rolls and cinnamon rolls for deer camp. Your recipe just a little different. I can't make them at the moment with my injury, wouldn't be able to stir them well enough. love, bbb

black eyed susans kitchen said...

They look so delicious and so perfectly formed! Very impressive!

Anonymous said...

Marigene,

Do you remember my first attempt at these rolls when the quanity was not listed on my recipe and I ended up with 82 rolls of various sizes??? That is the best holiday "family" joke we have.

Sue-Phx

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Your photos are delicious. I feel like I could take a bite.

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Oh my goodness! Those rolls look DELISH!!! :) Thanks for the recipe too! :)

Hopping on over from The Tablescaper. :) Thank you so much for stopping by & leaving a kind comment on my post. I have enjoyed my visit. Would love to come back again soon!


Hugs,
Jessie

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

These rolls look positively delicious! I recently shared a family recipe for rolls but yours look like they would give mine a run for the money, as the saying goes. I will have to try yours soon. Thanks !-------- Shannon

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I love to bake bread and these look so perfect I have to try them. There is nothing quite like the smell in the house with yeast rising and bread baking. Yum!

Entertaining Women said...

I must be brave and try to make these! Thank you so much for the recipe. Cherry Kay

EliFla said...

Merry Xmas ...and nice to meet you and your blog , xoxox Flavia