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This family recipe from our Aunt Jo is well over 100 years old. It is a cherished recipe for many reasons. Our aunt Jo is 85 years old and still continues to make these dinner rolls. Aunt Jo was the youngest of 12 children. Her Papa owned a small farm in the Pecos valley. Sadly aunt Jo's mama passed away when she was only eight years old. Aunt Jo missed the company of her mother but learned how to occupy herself while her papa farmed. Jo was quite a few years younger than her siblings who had grown up and left home. Her brothers enlisted in the service and her sisters were married and had started their own families.

Aunt Jo graduated from college, taught first grade, married and had a baby girl. Missing her mother she tried to remember the dinner roll recipe that her mother taught her. She practiced making it until she got it perfect. Obviously the thought of mama's dinner rolls brought her comfort.

 I have been working on a cookbook of favorite family recipes and wanted to include a recipe for steakhouse bread. My children and I love the bread they serve at steakhouses. Our family did not eat out much so when we did go out it was a special treat. I thought that I would use our aunt Jo's original yeast dinner roll recipe as a foundation to make steakhouse dinner rolls. They turned out so wonderful I wanted to share it with you.  
 
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Step 1: Recipe

3 Large eggs
3/4 Cup molasses (don't use black strap)
1/4 Cup brown sugar
1/2 Cup  Salted butter If using unsalted butter add salt to this recipe.  
2 Packages of dry yeast regular
1 1/4 Cups warm tap water
1 Cup Almost heaping whole wheat flour
5 Cups unbleached white flour almost heaping
Pam or oil to grease pans.

Makes approximately 12 large dinner rolls.
If you are watching your sugar you may omit the brown sugar and 1/4 cup of the molasses but the bread will not be the dark color.  
These are sweet dinner rolls.   



Ex Machina3 years ago

Oh, HEY!  They're not too sweet!  And they're silky soft.
Tweaked them a little - used salted butter plus 1-1/2 tsp. salt, about half the flour was whole wheat,  and I began with sourdough starter along with the water and about 2 cups of whole wheat flour about 16 hours before adding the rest of the ingredients and letting it rise twice.  Made 24.
This is a great recipe - I hope the judges are good to you!
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sunshiine (author)  Ex Machina3 years ago
These look amazing! Thanks so much for commenting and for sharing the super pictures! I am happy you loved them as well. I will try the tweaked version myself!. Again, thanks!
triumphman3 years ago
I thought this recipe was for "Bread" like they serve at the "Outback Restaurant" ? You show rolls in your instructable! My wife , Daughter and I, love the bread there, we always get more, before the entrees come. Can you tell me if this recipe will produce that kind of bread? I also want to try it in our bread machine, its so easy, just put in the dry ingredients, yeast first, then the wet, press start and walk away! Nice! I can't wait to try to make the bread, hope you have the recipe for me for the bread!
sunshiine (author)  triumphman3 years ago
One way to alter a recipe is to exchange wet for wet and dry for dry. That is a good rule in my opinion. Of course you must stay with the same things that are basic ingredients like the yeast and sugar. I wish you the best! Again thanks for commenting. I hope that I have answered your question.
sunshiine (author)  triumphman3 years ago
Thank you for your comment! In my opinion, bread and rolls are interchangeable. The difference would be in the pan in which it is baked and the baking time. You machine should be fine. You can usually make either when using any bread recipe. This has been my experience. The pictures shown are bread and rolls. I am sorry that I did not specify that.

The bread was cooked with oatmeal in the bottom of the pan, I did not use corn meal. I had made copy cat recipes from other peoples recipes and did not like them in the least. So that is when I decided to try and alter my aunts recipe. I was very happy with the results. I have not had the opportunity to eat that bread for many many years because in my area they don't have any of these restaurants so I could compare it to. In my memory this bread comes very close.

In the future I will continue to tweak this recipe until I have that rich dark bread that I remember. This bread lacked the darker color I had wanted to achieve although it did have a dark color. If you make this using your bread machine, please refer to my answer to another person. I gave a link about that discussion. As far as I can tell you should be able to use this recipe in your bread machine. But please read the link for yourself and make your decision based on those facts, I might have overlooked something.

One person has made this bread also. You may also try and ask her if she felt that they were like the steakhouse bread. That way you would have 2 opinions. She altered her recipe but she posted pictures and they look a lot like mine. So for what it is worth! I would say try it!

Use this recipe and if you don't like it, tweak it to what you think it taste like and please please if you can do better than I have I want that recipe!!!! Let me rephrase, pretty please send me the recipe! If you have any more questions please ask, I am interested in helping others such as yourself achieve results that will produce that wonderful bread.

sunshiine (author) 3 years ago
This recipe does make 24 dinner rolls. Mine made 12 because I also made loafs!
ZoDo3 years ago
Love this. My wife makes homebread all the time...but we use a bread machine because it makes the job easyer. You just put in the ingredients start it and come back in aprox 3 hours and it's ready. The recipe we use doesn't involve so many ingredients. We only use water, flour, oil, salt, sugar and yeast.
I wonder if your recipe can be done in our bread machine....
sunshiine (author)  ZoDo3 years ago
I have a friend who makes the original recipe in her bread maker. I do not know about the change in this recipe. The original is on another link which is included in this Instructable. I think you can probably use this in a bread machine after reading this article. http://www.kingarthurflour.com/tips/bread-machine-ingredients.html. It is interesting. Thanks for commenting. If it does not work would you please consider letting me know so I may add that information for my readers?
copilarim3 years ago
I love homemade bread!! :D This looks really tasty!
sunshiine (author)  copilarim3 years ago
The hardest part is kneading it after all the flour is added but not that bad really. Oh yeah and waiting fo rit to rise. Thanks for stopping by!
bajablue3 years ago
Bread and butter... are always better with one anutter. ;-)
sunshiine (author)  bajablue3 years ago
You are sooooo funny girl!
mikeasaurus3 years ago
mmm, those rolls look hearty. I'll bet they're really good with a thick soup, too!
sunshiine (author)  mikeasaurus3 years ago
They are! Nothing like good old fashion home made bread! Thanks for commenting! Oh yeah chicken soup for the bread lovers soul!
bajablue3 years ago
I'd love to see a picture of them with a smear of butter oozing into the warm yumminess!

You are making be hungry!!!! ;-P~~

sunshiine (author)  bajablue3 years ago
I was going to add butter but that would have made them messy! I might just go take a picture and upload it for you! Thanks for commenting!