by Mary Wood
Yeast rolls are a holiday tradition in our home, but it hasn’t always been that way. When I was younger and not quite as confident in my cooking abilities, I was intimidated by the whole process of making homemade yeast rolls. I learned how to make rolls from an older lady in our church named Mrs. Inez Bonds.
She was a spunky woman with a quick wit and an opinion on just about everything. She had a long history in the south Arkansas area. As a girl, she and her mother traveled the back roads of the farming community of Blevins, Arkansas in a horse-drawn wagon raising money to build the local church we attended.
As I was visiting with this precious 90-year-old lady one afternoon in her 90-degree house, I mentioned that I didn’t know how to make homemade yeast rolls. She gasped in absolute disbelief, looked at me with a twinkle in her eye and asked, “Can you turn on an oven?”
“Yes, Ma’am,” I answered shyly.
“Then you can make rolls,” she said firmly.
She handed me a used envelope and a pen and started listing ingredients and gave brief instructions. I was initiated into the fine art of yeast breads. I kept the original envelope and cherish it as a prized possession. I proudly pass on Mrs. Inez’s recipe to you, I think she would be pleased. May you and your family enjoy them as much as our family.
MRS. INEZ’S QUICK ROLLS
Servings: 24 rolls
Prep Time: 2 hours
- ¾ cup warm water
- 1 package dry yeast
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 ¼ cup to 2 ½ cup flour
- ¼ cup shortening or butter (softened)
- 1 egg
- In a medium mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in water.
- Add sugar, salt and ½ the flour.
- Beat thoroughly for about 2 minutes. (By hand or mixer.)
- Add egg and shortening and the rest of the flour and beat until smooth. (Dough should be fairly moist.)
- Let rise in bowl for 40 to 50 minutes in a warm place until double.
- Stir down dough and drop into greased muffin tin OR used greased or oiled hands to divide into golf ball sized roll balls. Drop balls into well-greased 9” x 13” baking pan.
- Let rise again for 30 to 45 minutes.
- Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until lightly browned.