Monday, November 21, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Week

Hello Everyone,

There is so much activity going on here this week with Thanksgiving preparations.  Before I get too busy, I want to wish all of you the happiest of Thanksgivings.  I am thankful for you, my dear readers. 
Your comments and emails brighten my day.  I'm especially thankful for all of the friendships I've made through the blog over the past three, almost four years.  What fun this has been!

Here is a post for a recipe from my family cookbook.  I post it every year at this time BECAUSE THE ROLLS ARE JUST SO GOOD!  I'll be making them Wednesday night so the family can enjoy them on Thanksgiving.  If you have any left, they are perfect for your turkey sandwich on Friday.  Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving to all.

As always,


Today is another page from the Wilder Family Cookbook. This is probably the most requested recipe in the entire book. I have been known to "hide" a few just so we have one or two to savor the day after I've made them. Now you have to plan ahead with this recipe. Make the dough the night before the event and finish the process in the morning.

This dough is easy to work with and you will love the texture. Watch them carefully in the oven so they stay golden. Here I go with the butter again!

Here's the recipe:

  • Homemade Butter Rolls

    2 (1/4 ounce) envelopes active dry yeast
    1 cup sugar, divided
    2 cups warm water (100° to 110°)
    1 cup butter or margarine, melted
    6 large eggs, lightly beaten
    1 ½ teaspoons salt
    8 ½ to 9 ½ cups all-purpose flour

    - Stir together yeast, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 2 cups warm water in a 4-cup glass measuring cup; let mixture stand 5 minutes.
    - Stir together yeast mixture, remaining sugar, and butter in a large bowl. Stir in eggs and salt. Gradually stir in enough flour to make a soft dough. Cover and chill 8 hours.
    - Divide dough into 4 equal portions. Turn each portion out onto a lightly floured surface; roll into a 12-inch circle.
    - Cut each circle into 12 wedges. Roll up each wedge, starting at wide end; place on greased baking sheets. (Rolls may be frozen at this point.)
    - Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 2 hours or until doubled in bulk.
    - Bake at 400° for 10 minutes or until golden. Yield 4 dozen.

Note: If unbaked rolls are frozen, place frozen rolls on ungreased baking sheets. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 2 hours or until doubled in bulk. Bake as directed.
(They aren't quite as good if you do this step.....we prefer them if they haven't been frozen first.)

Source: Southern Living 2001 Annual Recipes – page 21

I have made these without a mixer.....but it's so much easier if you have a mixer with a dough hook to work in the 9 cups of flour.

This is what the dough looks like before you tuck it in the fridge for the night.

This is what you will see in the morning. (I'm glad I don't double in size every night! )

Divide the dough into (4) equal sections. Pat the first section of dough into a small circle then roll into a 12" circle. I always do this on my Hoosier. The dough never sticks and I feel like a part of history when I'm using this old enamel work surface. (I'm not old enough to be considered an historic landmark just yet....but my sister is!)

Cut the circle into (12) wedges and start rolling at the widest part of the wedge.

Lightly grease a baking sheet and put the rolls in a warm spot to rise for about 2 hours.

Voila! Here are your rolls just ready to hop into the oven.

My grandson Austin, holds the record by eating SIX of the rolls at one meal. I now send him home with his own leftover bag.

Have a glorious day everyone.

As always,


  1. Lynn....

    The rolls sound wonderful.....I must try the recipe.
    I hope you you have a great Turkey

  2. Thanks to a previous year's post, your outstanding rolls are now a holiday tradition at our house. My family loves them! Thank you very much for sharing the recipe and best wishes for a wonderful and blessed holiday!

  3. I am a bread lover and will enjoy these rolls when I try your recipe. Tnank you. Happy Thanksgiving.

  4. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family~
    Thanks for all your wonderful postings it's such a joy to see all your lovely work, and sharing what people do in your classes, I love to photos of the cabin with and without snow. And even thou I only have had to opportunity to see you twice for a few minutes at PIQF, maybe one day we'll find more time to visit? "!"
    BLESSINGS, Crissie

  5. What nice thoughts, Lynn! I sure was happy to "find you" this year - maybe one of these days we can even meet in person! Fantastic recipe! I do believe these will be on my Christmas menu this year! Have a great week and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  6. Oh, thanks for sharing! Those look divine!!