The Thanksgivings I remember best happened at my grandma’s house. She would put up tables in almost every room of her house, complete with a cloth tablecloth. We would always eat on glass plates, drink from glass cups, and have real silverware—if you tried to use plastic she’d just wash it..so don’t bother. The food was taken on dishes to every table. And she would personally deliver hot rolls straight off the pan to each table. How did she manage that? She was completely selfless.
I am grateful that my sister asked Grandma about her roll recipe. Grandma died about eight years ago. We miss her terribly, and we are so thankful for the many happy memories she created for us.
3 tablespoons shortening, rounded
2 tsp salt
2 tablespoons sugar, divided
2 1/2 cups water, divided
2 tablespoons yeast
about 7 cups flour
Melt shortening. Add salt, 1 cup water and 1 TBS of sugar. Set aside. Combine 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water, yeast, and 1 TBS sugar. Let proof. Beat eggs. Add to shortening mixture. Add yeast and flour. Mix well and knead until a soft dough forms. Let raise ‘til double. Roll out and cut with a biscuit cutter or glass. Dip in melted butter and fold over. Raise on cookie sheets until doubled. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 14 minutes…it really depends on your oven.