“Those are good looking rolls” …yes, I’m afraid I did say that on this weeks video. They are though, one of those items on the table that say, “I did NOT skimp”. Great with dinners, but my personal favorite for breakfast, served warm with a small dab of jelly, Mmm!. They would make a great warm sandwich for a party as well. The second half of this video is full of my sister’s vintage decor and family members but the first half should give you a great idea on how to make the yeast roll recipe below. Because, recipes were the first social medium of “sharing”.
There was a simpler time when families gathered after church… That lunch (or dinner as we call it in the South) was THE biggest production of the week. The pastor himself probably did not work more at his sermon than your mother or grandmother did at that meal. To most, it was not work… it was love.
As time moved on, “eating out” became an option or the occational invitation to join another families feast. This is how we found THE Best Yeast Roll recipe. The Smoke family in our church had gone on a brief missionary tour to Lebanon. That was CRAZY in the 1980’s …just look at pictures from the civil war of that time http://hervemerliac.photoshelter.com/gallery/Lebanon-in-the-80s/G0000IuEXDjIHvRI/ Looking back, I had no idea what they had come from, and as with many things in our youth… I could kick myself for not asking more questions and learning more.
We were ask to be guest after church and though I am sure the rest of the meal was splendid- it was this recipe for “rolls” (Tennessee Biscuts as she called them) that made it’s way through our family, births, death, marriages, holidays and the lot.
Makes you wonder where all some of YOUR recipes have traveled or the smile they have put on a face you don’t even know, Cooking is the, most loving thing I know. Handmade to be eaten up… no trace, other than life it’s self, a smile and perhaps a “share” somewhere down the line.
Remember… “Be thrifty in life, but don’t skimp on your food!” ~kk
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“THE Best Yeast Roll: Mrs Smoke’s Tennessee Biscuts”
2 cups Warm Buttermilk
2 packs Dry Active Yeast
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Soda
1 Cup Crisco (butter crisco …or butter)
1/4 cup of sugar (double for slightly sweeter rolls)
5 cups of all purpose flour
Mix half the Sugar with the warm buttermilk and yeast
Mix the other half sugar with the crisco/butter
Alternate liquid & flour and mix together.
Cover in a pan and let rise (30 mins or longer- you’ll know, it will almost double in size)
Bake at 350 around 15 mins… serve warm!