My Mom’s Rolls and Bread Recipe


When I think about Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners, I think about these rolls. We grew up on this recipe, so naturally I am pretty fond of them. All of the in-laws that have married in love them too. My husband rates these rolls a “10” and he is always honest in his ratings. (I love asking him what he rates the new meals I try). They hit the spot every time I make them. I make a huge batch and they are all gone in a day.

I use this same recipe to make bread and I’ve also made these smaller for a Meatball Slider meal and they worked perfectly. My family likes these rolls very tall for our Christmas dinners. They are perfect for any size you make them. I will share with you 4 different quantities you can make them. I adjust the recipe based on how many people I am feeding.

My Mom’s Rolls and Bread Recipe

Half Recipe

(Makes about a 9×13 pan of regular sized Rolls or about 1 or 2 small loaves or Bread)

4 Cups Flour

1/4 Cup Powdered Milk

1/2 Tablespoon Yeast

1/4 Cup Sugar

1/2 Tablespoon Salt

1 1/2 Cups Warm Water

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil (or other)

I haven’t tried full wheat, but it tastes great with 1/2 white and 1/2 wheat.

See below for instructions to make by hand. 

For a breadmaker, put in dry ingredients first, and then wet last. Set on the dough setting and then when it is finished, make into rolls or bread. Let them rise for an hour and then bake them at 350 for 22 minutes for Rolls, or 30 minutes for Bread. I spread a light layer of butter once it comes out of the oven.

I don’t know the official way to shape rolls. You could roll them out in a circle, cut like a pizza and roll them up into a crescent roll shape. What I’ve always done is to grease my hands first. Then I take a portion of the dough by pinching it off from the bowl. I use my thumb to push the dough through my other hand. When I get the size I am working with, I pinch it off, and that’s it.

They will rise for an hour and double in size before you bake them.

My Full Sized Recipe

Makes about 2 pans of Rolls or about 3 loaves of bread

8 cups flour

1/2 Cup Powdered Milk

1 Tablespoon Yeast

1/2 Cup Sugar

1 Tablespoon Salt

3 Cups Warm Water

1/4 cup Oil

Prepare the same as above.

1 1/2 Sized Recipe

6 Cups Flour

6 Tablespoons Powdered Milk

6 Tablespoons Sugar

1/2 Tablespoon + 1 1/2 teaspoon Yeast

1/2 Tablespoon + 1 1/2 teaspoon Salt

3 Tablespoons Oil

2 1/4 Cup Warm Water

My Mom’s Actual Recipe

2 packages Yeast (2 Tablespoons)

1 Cup Warm Water

Dissolve yeast in warm water

5 Cups Hot Water

1 Cup Sugar, Honey, or Brown Sugar

6 teaspoons Salt

1/2 cup Oil or Shortening

10 Cups Whole Wheat Flour

6 Cups White Wheat Flour

Combine the Hot Water, sugar, salt and oil and cool. Once cooled, add the yeast mixture and combine. Then add the flour. Knead for 10 minutes by hand. Let rise for 1 hour or until the dough has doubled. Divide into 5 loaves, and rise again for another hour or until it has doubled. Bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees. *I do my loaves closer to 30 minutes.

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