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Turkey Creek Lane · My Family’s Traditional “Prize Winning” Dinner Rolls…and a Bad Dog

My Family’s Traditional “Prize Winning” Dinner Rolls…and a Bad Dog

Dinner rolls minus one roll.

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.

Buster watched.

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.

Roll? What roll?

“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)

Scalded Milk is milk that has come to a boil. There will be a skin on the top of scalded milk.

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.

The dough is ready to be rolled or shaped and set out to rise again.

In the morning knead a little. Shape your rolls. Let rise until evening.

Bake at 350-375 until golden brown.

Besides bringing dinner rolls I am also bringing a Sour Cream Apple Pie and Paula Deen’s Gooey Pumpkin Butter Bars to our family’s Thanksgiving dinner.

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.

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  1. sweetrosie’s avatar

    Hi, I’ve come to your blog from “life in the Maine Woods” and it’s great. Thanks for a great read, I’ll be back later to read the achives. Like Robin, it looks like you live in a beautiful part of the world.

    Hi Rosie,

    Welcome and thank you for your kind words. This is a pretty part of the country. I love that it is rural and slow paced.


  2. imagineannie’s avatar

    He only ate one roll?!

    Hi Annie,

    Yes…hmmmm…maybe he didn’t like them… Or maybe, he heard me coming in before he had a chance to get more. He was VERY interested in the procedure. It is the first time he has ever swiped people food. Maybe he just meant to sniff and couldn’t resist.


  3. barngoddess’s avatar

    well, I cannot really say I blame Buster for snitching a roll, they look absolutely delicious!

    Hi Barngoddess,

    Fortunately he didn’t eat more. I just read that eating unbaked bread dough can be fatal for dogs. Here’s a link to the article: http://www.dog-first-aid-101.com/toxic-foods.html


  4. animal’s avatar

    You are so much like me, or i’m like you, well anyway, if we knew each other we’d make a good team, hehe, keep up the good work’

    Hi animal!

    I will take being very like you as a compliment. :)!


  5. merrimerri’s avatar

    Wow what a dog! I can see he looks a WEE bit guilty in his photo though…
    YES I was wondering about the effect of the raw dough in his tummy….
    Good thing he didn’t take more!
    But I agree they probably smelt SO good that he couldn’t resist..lol

    Hi merrimerri!

    For some reason, Buster was totally fascinated by those rolls. He was watching my every move when I mixed the dough and following me when I set them out. I had no idea that raw dough was toxic to dogs until I read that article, though.


  6. RubyShooZ’s avatar

    Beautiful rolls! I’ve got my old tattered recipe that sounds very much like yours but I’ve since become a vegan so no dairy but I just have to alter some recipes and we always have great homemade rolls on special occasions. (We should have them more often, they’re really not that hard to make eh?)

    The dog – haha, thanks for the smile. I am left wondering – was he full the rest of the day?

    Much peace to you today and every day.

    ~ RS ~


  7. Big D’s avatar

    I have a question about your recipe. I didn’t see the quantity for the amount of yeast needed or the amount of water. Can you please tell me what amount of both are needed in the recipe? TIA!

    Hi Big D,

    I use a pkg. of regular yeast. I prefer red star. But, any kind is fine. Use 3 Tablespoons to 1/4 cup of lukewarm to very hot water.



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