Grammy’s Homemade Yeast Rolls

There’s nothing like old family recipes, passed down through the generations. Nowadays though, most of us are too busy to make a home-cooked meal, let alone follow a recipe. But on special occasions (especially Thanksgiving and Christmas), I pull out my most cherished family recipe card…

My eyes water-up as I see my grandma’s beautiful handwriting.  I can almost hear her voice as I read through the recipe for her famous yeast rolls.  Our family affectionately called them “Grammy’s Buns”.  She could cook just about anything, but she was known for her buns (bread buns, that is).

My cousins and I all have memories of being in the kitchen with Grammy and helping her make bread.  She would always give us our own piece of dough to knead and our own pan to bake them in.  My brothers and I loved to shape ours into butts.  We’d laugh as Grammy brushed that melted butter over our little bread butts.  Grammy would laugh right along with us too!

My grandma was one of those people that loved everybody and everybody loved her.  She insisted that everyone she met call her “Mom”.  She was the epitome of a selfless person.  She raised five kids basically on her own.  My grandpa struggled with alcoholism and eventually walked out on her.  She did an amazing job raising her five children in a loving, faith-filled home. 

She always made sure there was food on the table.  If you came to her house, you would be fed whether you wanted to be or not.  Perhaps in the most selfless act of her life, she even took my grandpa back in when he was sick and dying and cared for him until he passed away.  I only hope to be half the woman my grandma was.

This recipe is so special to me and my family because it reminds us of her. In the generous spirit of my grandma, I want to share her recipe with you today. I don’t think you will be able to find a yeast roll recipe half as good as this one (trust me, I’ve tried). I hope that when you make it with your family, you will realize just how special it is.

My grandma loved to give these rolls away as gifts to people. Anyone who received a batch of “Grammy’s buns” was absolutely thrilled. You will certainly have enough left over to share with your neighbors or friends. Maybe even make a batch to take to a homeless shelter. It’s what Grammy would have done.

What You Will Need:

Now, go check your pantry and fridge.  Here’s what you will need to make Grammy’s buns:

  • yeast (this is what you’re looking for)
  • flour (Grammy always used this.)
  • sugar
  • salt
  • vegetable oil
  • butter
  • eggs
  • shortening (like this)
  • warm water
  • 3 mixing bowls (something like these)
  • baking sheets (these are great!)
  • pastry brush (I love this one!)
  • clean kitchen towels (look how pretty these are.)

How to Make Them:

The first step is to dissolve the two packages of yeast in ½ cup of warm water and set it aside.  While it’s doing it’s thing, get out a large mixing bowl.  Mix the oil, sugar, salt, and two cups of very warm water.  Add the yeast mixture to the large bowl and stir.

Now, it’s time for the flour.  As Grammy wrote on her recipe card, she always used Gold Medal.  This part is not an exact science.  She says to add about 3 or 4 cups until the dough becomes smooth.  Then, you will add one beaten egg and stir again.  Next, you will just keep adding flour a cup at a time until the dough becomes very stiff.

Once the dough is stiff, it’s time to start kneading.  At this point, you will keep the dough in the bowl to knead it.  Keep adding flour if it feels too sticky.  Did you think you were done kneading?  Nope!  Now, you will turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead some more.  Keep kneading until the dough is smooth (Grammy says for about five minutes).

Next, put the dough into a greased mixing bowl to rise.  Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and let it rise until the dough is about double in size.  Once it has risen, punch it down again (get out all that pent-up rage).  Then, pinch the dough into buns.  Grammy says about the size of a large egg.

Place the buns about two inches apart onto a greased baking sheet.  Grammy always used Crisco shortening to grease her baking sheets.  Once all the buns are on the baking sheets, cover them with kitchen towels and let them rise again until they are double the size.

When they are double in size, Grammy would always brush them with melted butter before putting them in the oven (and again when they came out because…butter just makes everything better).  Bake them at 450 degrees for about 6 minutes.  They should have a nice golden-brown top and be light and airy on the inside.  Brush some more melted butter over them as soon as they come out of the oven.  Then, as everyone in my family does, pop one into your mouth and try not to burn your tongue off!

Per Grammy, this recipe can also be used to make three loaves of bread, donuts, caramel rolls, etc.  My grandma could have easily opened a bakery.  But she made her baked goods to show you how much she cared about you, not for any profit.

I hope you enjoy these rolls just as much as my family does.  Maybe they’ll even bring back memories of you in the kitchen with your own grandma.  Make sure to leave me a comment to let me know how they turned out.  Also, be sure to follow me on Pinterest!  I have loads of recipes pinned that would go great with these rolls.

AuthorPerfect Is Boring BlogCategoryDifficultyIntermediate

Yields36 Servings

 2 packets active dry yeast
 2 ½ cups very warm water
 ½ cup vegetable oil
 ½ cup sugar
 2 tsp salt
 7 cups all purpose flour
 1 egg (beaten)

1

Dissolve 2 packets of yeast in 1/2 cup of warm water and set aside.

2

In a large bowl, mix oil, sugar, salt, and 2 cups of very warm water. Then, add yeast mixture and stir.

3

Add 3-4 cups of flour and stir until dough becomes smooth. Add one beaten egg and stir again.

4

Keep adding flour a cup at a time until dough becomes very stiff. About 4 or 5 cups.

5

Once dough is stiff, knead in bowl (with hands) adding flour if sticky. Then, turn out onto floured surface and knead until smooth. About 5 minutes.

6

Place dough into greased mixing bowl and cover with kitchen towel. Allow dough to rise double.

7

Once dough is double in size, punch down and pinch into buns (about the size of a large egg). Place buns 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets. Cover with kitchen towels and allow to rise double again.

8

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Brush tops with melted butter and bake for 6-8 minutes. Buns should be a slight golden brown on top and not too dark on bottom.

9

Remove from oven and brush with melted butter again. Enjoy!

Ingredients

 2 packets active dry yeast
 2 ½ cups very warm water
 ½ cup vegetable oil
 ½ cup sugar
 2 tsp salt
 7 cups all purpose flour
 1 egg (beaten)

Directions

1

Dissolve 2 packets of yeast in 1/2 cup of warm water and set aside.

2

In a large bowl, mix oil, sugar, salt, and 2 cups of very warm water. Then, add yeast mixture and stir.

3

Add 3-4 cups of flour and stir until dough becomes smooth. Add one beaten egg and stir again.

4

Keep adding flour a cup at a time until dough becomes very stiff. About 4 or 5 cups.

5

Once dough is stiff, knead in bowl (with hands) adding flour if sticky. Then, turn out onto floured surface and knead until smooth. About 5 minutes.

6

Place dough into greased mixing bowl and cover with kitchen towel. Allow dough to rise double.

7

Once dough is double in size, punch down and pinch into buns (about the size of a large egg). Place buns 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets. Cover with kitchen towels and allow to rise double again.

8

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Brush tops with melted butter and bake for 6-8 minutes. Buns should be a slight golden brown on top and not too dark on bottom.

9

Remove from oven and brush with melted butter again. Enjoy!

Grammy’s Yeast Rolls

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