Last night I dug out my tattered original handwritten recipe, scalded, mixed and kneaded. I left the dough in a covered bowl overnight. This morning I shaped and set the almost finished rolls out in the warmest part of the kitchen to rise.
When I came back into the kitchen later to check on my rolls, the towel that had been covering the rolls was on the floor. A roll was missing. Buster was innocently sleeping on the rug in front of the stove.
He didn’t so much as blink when he saw me checking the rolls to see if any of those remaining were “obviously” licked or sniffed.
“Best in Show” Dinner Rolls
Along with homemade mincemeat and pumpkin pie, my grandmother and mother made these rolls for holiday dinners. As a teenager, I entered them in the County 4-H Fair and won “Best in Show” in the yeast bread category.
Warm 1/4 lb. butter, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup milk until lukewarm (scald milk, turn heat off, let butter melt then add sugar)
Mix yeast in lukewarm water.
Beat 3 eggs.
Mix milk and eggs and add yeast.
Gradually add 5 cups flour and 1 tsp. salt.
Let rise overnight in a covered bowl.
In the morning knead a little. Shape your rolls. Let rise until evening.
Bake at 350-375 until golden brown.
NOTE: If Buster had managed to snatch more rolls, it could have been fatal. According to this article,, a dog’s stomach is a nice warm, moist environment, so, unbaked dough can expand to many times its size when ingested. With Christmas just around the corner and holiday parties in full swing, keep in mind any four-legged family members, who might be waiting for “opportunity”, and take care not to leave “people” food out the way I did.