Grandma Nash's Hot Rolls

Robin Wellhouse Recipe

By Robin Wellhouse rwellhouse

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My Grandma Nash used to make these rolls for each meal. However, nothing was measured with a cup or measuring spoon and nothing was written down. When she was ill with cancer, back in the early 60’s, my dad carried his mother to the kitchen and had her scoop out all the ingredients. My mom carefully measured everything out so this delicious family recipe would not be lost with Grandma’s passing. She died less than a week later. We share it with all those who love a great hot roll recipe. This has no dairy (unless you brush the tops with real butter) or eggs, so it can be made for a Vegan’s diet as well. Enjoy!


2 1/2 c
very warm water
2 Tbsp
(or 2 packets) active dry yeast
1/2 c
1 Tbsp
(heaping) of salt
3/4 c
7 - 8 c
all purpose flour (divided - 3 c initially, then 4 - 5 later)

Directions Step-By-Step

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in the warm water. Add sugar, salt, shortening & 3 cups of flour. Mix until pancake batter consistency (it will look chunky, because the Crisco will not be completely melted). Cover with plastic wrap & set on top of pan ½ filled with hot (not boiling) water. Cover with towel & let rise until double in a warm area (about 30 - 45 minutes).
When doubled, stir in remaining flour & knead until smooth & elastic. Dough will be soft & slightly sticky. Divide into 24 parts & form balls of dough. Place in two 9X13 pans, cover again with plastic wrap and a towel, let rise an additional 30 to 45 minutes or until doubled.
Bake in a preheated 375 degrees oven for 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Brush with melted butter or margarine.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Breads
Collection: Grandma's Table

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Robin Wellhouse rwellhouse
Dec 2, 2012
Glad you enjoyed them! If you are on FB, check out my food blog for more family recipes: The High Desert Diner at Asgard Ranch. I photo journal a lot of them as well!
Penny Reveile PennyCakes
Nov 8, 2012
Family tasted and approved. Took these to a church dinner and they disappeared! Thanks!
Penny Reveile PennyCakes
Nov 8, 2012
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
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karen howk krafty
Feb 10, 2012
my family loved this recipe and the story, thank you so much!!