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Back in Love with Bread 
Nov. 4, 2011 6:50 am 
Updated: Nov. 25, 2011 4:39 am
My Grandma Rita's butter roll recipe has been in my recipe box for years. I don't know how many times I unfolded my Grandmother's recipe and stared at it and thought I am going to make these. My first attempt on making my Grandma's rolls was a failure. So, I sadly tucked the recipe back in my recipe box and there it sat for years. I am happy to say with Baking Nana's and Everyone else's help, I baked my Grandma Rita's Rolls yesterday. It was a great baking day because I didn't have to give the rolls to my dog.  Here is the link for the recipe:<

Here are a few things I learned on my quest in baking:
  • Buy a kitchen thermometer to test yeast mixture and liquids --don't go over 110 degrees or you will kill the yeast.
  • If you live in high altitude like Colorado you have different beasts to tame-water and liquids take longer to boil. Buy the book Pie in the Sky by Susan Purdy. (I just bought this book.)
  • Yeast is temperamental so buy extra yeast.
  • Patience is a must have.
  • Precise measuring is a key factor.
  • Find a warm place to let your bread rise-such as the microwave.
  • Forgive yourself if you fail and try again.
  • The All Recipes Community is a wonderful place where you can learn, share, and ask questions.
I consider myself a novice baker and I know I can become a better baker with all the help and support here on AR. If you think you can't bake think again. My Mom used to say, "Can't never did anything!" Now, I finally know what she means.
Grandma Rita's Butter Rolls like Baking Nana suggested.
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My Grandma Rita's Butter Rolls Recipe Ingredients
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Directions Grandma Rita's Butter Rolls
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Ready to Bake Grandma Rita's Butter Rolls
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Nov. 4, 2011 9:36 am
I learned the lesson about yeast a long time ago, so I never go by the package directions max temp on the yeast (I have killed many soldiers doing that), And I always proof the yeast In water, and sugar before dumping it in. As long as it is warm like 100F it will be good. Rapid rise States 130F max, but that's crazy talk. Your rolls look really nice. was your grandma a lawyer or doctor?
Nov. 4, 2011 9:41 am
My Grandma was a cook for a Sheep Herding Ranch in Craig, Co. She was a smart lady, but back in her day you got married and had kids.
Nov. 4, 2011 9:44 am
I like your advice about yeast. I never have luck if I dump the yeast in a bowl like some recipes require.
Nov. 4, 2011 10:11 am
My grandma told me back in the 60's she only got married because it was during the great depression. She baked bread, and rolls every day to go with dinner.
Nov. 4, 2011 10:20 am
My Grandma was always baking bread, cinnamon rolls,etc. She also made tortillas. Sounds like you had some good eats back then.
Nov. 4, 2011 3:15 pm
Lela... I love the handwritten recipes the best! The blog title is... Has It Been A Year Already?... Hope you enjoy! I still gotta try the recipe!
Nov. 4, 2011 5:20 pm
Thanks Terry, I am looking forward to reading your blog.
Nov. 5, 2011 4:43 am
Lela - I am so glad your rolls were a success. :) Yeast is addictive!
Nov. 5, 2011 7:18 am
You are right--- Yeast is addictive! Thanks Nana, I think I will try baking other kinds of bread/rolls using yeast. For your blog, I hope you will consider the topic of how you got started baking and what/who helped you become such a great baker. I would enjoy reading about how you got started and
Nov. 5, 2011 8:59 am
I know these rolls! My Mom's rolls are so similar that I'm going to have to compare the recipes. She rolled them like crescents just like this too. They are one of my best memories from Thanksgiving. Yours look wonderful!!!
Nov. 5, 2011 9:33 am
Thanks, Valerie. It sounds like you have great cooks in your family where everyone can't wait for those Thanksgiving yummy recipes. Memories, Family, and cooking traditions are what life is all about!
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I enjoy cooking for our family sit down dinners. Although my kids are grown, we are a close family that enjoys 4-5 sit down dinners a week together. My family's favorite dinner is chicken enchiladas smothered in green chili. I have a passion for cooking, baking for the holidays and food photography.
My favorite things to cook
I am family oriented and spend time with my family enjoying meals. My favorite things to cook are Mexican food and any food my family asks me to cook. My family looks forward to home cooked Mexican food at least once a week and Italian food.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I am on a journey to reclaim family recipes that were lost when the cooks in my family passed away. Cooking traditions are a major part of my passion for cooking. On Christmas Eve, we always had green chili and tamales. Cookie baking, lemon bars, pizzelles , and potica have been a must at Christmas as long as I can remember. My family looks forward to homemade pizza, when we gather as a family to decorate the Christmas cookies. Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without noodles and gravy piled high on mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and broccoli and rice casserole. On the 4th of July, there is the 4th of July Potato Salad that I make using 10 pounds of potatoes. Mexican Food is part of our weekly menu--green chili served over mashed potatoes or as a slopper (green chili poured over hamburgers.) I am always making tortillas for someone. They call my tortillas little white pieces of gold. Saturdays are Family night for dinner. It is the one day my kids can request a meal.
My cooking triumphs
Seeking help on the Buzz and the AR Blog has resulted in a few triumphs. I am extremely ecstatic about overcoming the yeast monster. I can now bake baguettes, focaccia and the best rolls in the world, my Grandma Rita's Butter Rolls.
My cooking tragedies
My first attempts at baking bread/rolls resulted in rock hard flat rolls. However, I am improving. Baking at High Altitude is somewhat of a challenge.
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