Don’t become famous for something expensive. Become famous for something cheap!
A cheesecake can cost in the $10 range to make for a potluck or other get-together. Homemade rolls or a pasta salad can be made for a fraction of that price and are just as good.
I became “famous” for hard rolls. I purchase bulk yeast and flour on sale. I can make 16 hard rolls for $0.40!
And, everyone thinks that I am an amazing cook because I make homemade rolls!
MabelMartha’s Famous Rolls
- 2 cups warm water
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 (.25 oz) packages yeast (or one tablespoon)
- 6 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 egg beaten with a pinch of salt
- Add yeast to water and sugar. Let sit until foamy. Add the yeast mixture to 5 cups of the flour. Beat until thoroughly combined. I like a wooden spoon for this. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of flour on the dough and need until smooth and shiny. Repeat until all flour is used. You may need more liquid. If so, add room temperature water 1 teaspoon at a time. Lightly oil the dough ball and place in a large bowl.
- Let the dough rise in a warm place until dough doubles. Punch the dough down and knead again. Let rise a second time. Punch dough down again.
- Preheat oven to 375° F. Divide dough into 16 pieces. Roll each piece into a smooth ball. Place on a greased or non-stick baking sheet. Let rise until double.
- Bake for 18 to 20 minutes until golden brown.
- I don’t use brand name flour. Store brands are usually much less expensive.
- Flour freezes well in the bag. Flour usually goes on sale in November and December.
- I have not found flour pricing at Sam’s Club or Costco to be any better than store brand flour.
- I don’t use bread flour for this recipe and still get excellent results