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Try, Try Again! 
 
Nov. 10, 2011 11:44 pm 
Updated: Nov. 25, 2011 4:34 am
 
These are my Grandma Rita's Butter Rolls.
 
Here is the link for the recipe:
 
 
 
This is my second  successful attempt using my Grandma's recipe.
 
 
Baking Nana and many other expert bakers helped with my first success. Here is what the roll looked like:
 
 
 
 
My Grandma made the rolls and baked them in a cake pan. I carefully followed the directions Baker Nana wrote up until it was time to form the rolls. After letting the rolls rise for 30 minutes, I divided the dough into 2 balls. I then took one ball of dough and cut it into 3 sections.
 
 
 
 
Then, I cut the dough into 12 pieces.
 
 
Next, I rolled the pieces into 12 rolls. I placed them in a greased cake pan. I repeated the procedure to make 2 pans of 12 in each pan.
 
 
 
I covered the rolls with a cotton towel and placed them in my double oven using the bread proofing option. Baker Nana suggested using the microwave. Here is what they looked like after a 30 minute rise:
 
 
 
I brushed butter on the rolls and baked the rolls for 15 minutes.
Pull Apart Rolls Like My Grandma's!!!!
 
 
     The dough can be shaped into 18 large dinner rolls or 24 medium sized dinner rolls. My family likes the rolls baked as dinner rolls. After the first rise, punch down the dough and then divide dough in half. Next, divide the dough into thirds. Finally, divide dough into 9 pieces. Repeat procedure again with remaining dough. When shaping rolls, roll each into a ball by cupping your hand and tucking in your thumb. Place the rolls on a 13x18x1 inch cookie sheet and bake.
     Since I live in high altitude, I have to make some adjustments for baking. I bake the 18 large rolls at 375 for 18-20 minutes or until browned.
     Needless to say, I ate too many!!!! I am not ashamed to say that I cried tears of joy. So Silly!  If I make them again in a cakepan, I will try using a 9 inch pan to give the rolls more room. When Thanksgiving rolls around I think I will be ready to serve these rolls to my extended family of thirty people.
I still can't thank Baking Nana for all she did to help me. There were so many expert bakers who also gave me advice. If you missed the blogs here they are again.
 
Lela's Blog
 
 
Lela's Blog
 
 
Baking Nana's Blog
 
 
Lela's Blog
 
 

Now it's Your Turn!!!! "Life's real failure is when you do not realize how close you were to success when you gave up!"

 

Dough cut into thirds
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Dough cut into 12 pieces.
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12 rolls in a greased cake pan
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Rolls after rising for 30 minutes
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Baked and ready to eat!
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Grandma Rita's Butter Rolls made in a cake pan
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Grandma Rita's Butter Rolls like Baking Nana suggested.
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Rolls can be shaped into 18 large dinner rolls or 24 medium sized rolls.
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Comments
Nov. 10, 2011 11:57 pm
WOW! Those look Terrific! So happy to see they are on here and just in time for the holidays. Your rolls will upstage the turkey this year I'll bet. You are also giving our own Cliff Notes a run for his money with your closing sentiment. Thanks so much for a yummy new recipe:)
 
Nov. 11, 2011 4:50 am
How wonderful! It is so awesome to have a connection like that and to be able to share it... priceless! I am very happy for you. AR has many kind and helpful members, talented too! Isn't it great to know help is just a few key strokes away? Have a happy Thanksgiving!
 
Nov. 11, 2011 5:25 am
tasty looking.
 
Lela 
Nov. 11, 2011 5:44 am
Thanks everyone for your kind thoughts. AR members you indeed rock!
 
Nov. 11, 2011 5:44 am
I don't think the tears are silly at all. Lela, to be able to make your Gramma's rolls is almost the next best thing to being able to hug her again, right? And just think, now you can teach your children how to make her rolls. You are a living link between your Gramma and your children and grandchildren. Your family's food heritage and traditions are being passed down through you. What a great experience to treasure! What a blessing- one of those intangibles that is priceless. For my family it's the Norwegian tradition of making potato lefse (a rolled out flatbread that is cooked on a griddle) and Krumkake, and other traditional foods. My mother has a doughbowl that came over from Norway in 1874 and it's been passed down, but even more important is the knowledge of the recipes- that she learned how to make these recipes from her mother and grandmother (who learned from their mother and grandmother, etc) and that she taught me, and I have taught my children, who I hope will teach theirs. Sometimes, in the kitchen at the holidays I imagine all of them rolling out lefse with me- smiling! I know your family is going to be ecstatic over having your Gramma's rolls again- something special to be thankful for... =D
 
Lela 
Nov. 11, 2011 5:45 am
Thanks everyone for your kind thoughts. AR members you indeed rock!
 
Lela 
Nov. 11, 2011 5:52 am
Hi Good4ursoul, thanks! When I started this AR blog, it was a goal of mine to write down the recipes that we loved growing up. Your Norwegian breads and foods sound intriguing. The fact you have the doughbowl is passed down from generation to generation is such a special treasure. The knowledge you pass down is as you know priceless. Now I am curious about potato lefse and Krumkake. I hope you would consider writing about your family cooking/baking. I would enjoy reading about your Norwegian heritage.
 
Nov. 11, 2011 9:32 am
Wow they look so good..I saved the recipe and BN's link the other day...now I'll add this one to the bunch. I need all the help I can get when it comes to rolls. ;-)
 
Lela 
Nov. 11, 2011 9:52 am
Sherri, I know what you mean. I am glad you stopped in.
 
Nov. 12, 2011 4:36 am
Looks great, so glad BN was able to help you.
 
Lela 
Nov. 12, 2011 7:20 am
Magnolia Blossom,thanks. Words can't describe how happy I am. I gave up on baking with yeast until I got help here on AR. However, Baker Nana has opened the door to a whole new world of baking.
 
 
 
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Lela

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Cooking Interests
Baking, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian

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About Me
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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