Buttery Homemade Bread RollsHomemade Buttery Bread Rolls
(This recipe is part of  “Home for the Holidays Experience”)

Changing Up Traditions

We boarded a plane last Christmas and landed in Oregon on December 22nd to spend the next 5 nights in an amazing Airbnb, on a hill, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. I know what you’re thinking, it’s so outside a normal Holiday tradition. But I’m okay with that. Instead of sitting around my dining table feasting with our kids on Christmas Day, we packed a picnic and hiked in the Red Woods. It was amazing.

Homemade Buttery Bread Rolls

Queen of Finding Travel Deals

I am the queen of finding good travel deals and I just couldn’t pass this place up when I found it. The Airbnb had a huge terrace off the living room which provided us the opportunity to lay out under the stars one night as we all bundled beneath layers of blankets. We laughed and cut up and of course contemplated our lives under this massive galaxy we were peering into.

Christmas Destinations

Since all of our children our grown and there are no little ones in the picture (as of yet anyway), we decided to change things up a bit. Instead of buying gifts for each other, we would all meet up at a destination and the gift would be time spent together, relaxing and taking in the sights. It was so perfect, especially since we no longer get to spend loads of time with each other on a consistent basis. It will possibly go down as one of my favorite Christmas’ until, maybe, the next one.

Homemade Butter Bread Rolls

Christmas in the Big Apple

This year, we have decided to continue this Christmas “tradition,” (so we are now calling it) as this will be the 2nd year running. Our daughter just moved to NYC, and what more festive a destination could there possibly be than to spend Christmas in the Big Apple? Again, we found the perfect Airbnb. It has three bedrooms which is extremely hard to find in that condensed metroplex. Between the shows, the food, and the museums, we again will laugh, cut up and contemplate life as we peer into this massive “City that Never Sleeps.”

These buttery homemade bread rolls are light and golden. A perfect addition to any meal.

The Pleasure of Entertaining

There is one thing I miss about the “new” tradition; not being able to cook a large Christmas dinner on December 25th. I will, although, have the PLEASURE of entertaining some friends for a holiday meal over the next few weeks. Otherwise, it wouldn’t feel like Christmas to me. Preparing a “feast” and sharing it with others is one of my favorite things in all the world to do, whatever season it is.

Homemade Buttery Bread Rolls

Homemade Buttery Bread Rolls

One family tradition that has always been around are these “Homemade Buttery Bread Rolls.” They have been found on my family’s holiday table every year for as long as I can remember. They are super easy and can be made ahead of time, which is a definite plus during the busyness of this season. You just have to set aside some time for kneading, letting them rise and shaping them. They freeze like a dream and when ready to serve, you pull them out, thaw, and pop ‘em in the microwave for a few seconds. But please don’t forget slathering them with butter. You must have the butter. This bread recipe is the one that I use for my cinnamon rolls which have also been a Christmas morning tradition every year.

Homemade Buttery Bread Rolls

It is my pleasure to be able to share this long-standing family recipe with you. I hope these Homemade Buttery Bread Rolls find their way to your Christmas Table this year. Merry Christmas!!

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Homemade Buttery Bread Rolls

These homemade buttery bread rolls are light and golden. They are a beautiful and tasty addition to any meal on your table. Slather them with butter and they will melt in your mouth.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening, heaping
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher Salt
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 packages Rapid Rise Yeast
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 cup warm Water
  • 2 Eggs, slightly beaten
  • Approximately 8 cups Flour, more for kneading

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine sugar, shortening, salt and boiling water. Stir until dissolved. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.
  • In a small bowl, combine yeast, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 1 cup warm water. Stir until dissolved. Set in a warm place (a microwave works great) for 10 minutes until the yeast has risen and the foam is doubled in size.
  • Add the beaten eggs and yeast mixture into the melted shortening mixture. Make sure the shortening mixture has cooled to room temperature. If it is too hot it can kill the yeast.
  • Stir in 5 cups of flour. Continue to add the remaining flour one cup at a time. At this point, I use my hands to fully combine the ingredients. The texture of the dough should be somewhat sticky but firm enough to work with.
  • Place the dough on a floured surface and knead for 8-10 minutes. Continue adding flour to the surface as necessary when the dough becomes sticky again. You can tell by the feel of the dough when it is ready. It will start to feel dense and firm but not dry.
  • Butter a large mixing bowl along with the ball of dough using the 2 tablespoons of butter. Cover with a dish towel and place in a warm area. A microwave works great or on top of a warm stove. Let rise for 1 hour.
  • Punch down the dough and divide it into two large balls. For the crescent rolls, use one of the balls and roll out a large circle about 17 inches in diameter. Using a pizza cutter, cut the circle like a pizza, making 12 triangular wedges then roll each one starting from the wide end. For the two-leaf clover rolls, use the other section and divide into 24 balls. Place two balls in a lightly greased muffin tin. Let rise in a warm place for one more hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 375° F. Bake the rolls until golden brown, for approximately 20-25 minutes.