If ever there was a hard and fast tradition in a family, ours would be Aunt Dot’s Hot Rolls. They are also known as ‘Batter Rolls’, but whatever they are called, they are delicious.

She began the tradition early in her baking life, and woe to Dot if she changed it up. They are legendary and highly coveted for leftovers. Reheat and enjoy, or make a delicious sandwich.  To the best sandwich by far,  use Thanksgiving leftovers. Cut a roll in half and spread on a super light layer of mayonnaise. Add a slice of turkey, a slice of cheese, and a dollop of cranberry sauce. Serve with a side of sweet potato casserole and macaroni and cheese.  Pure deliciousness!

 

Dot’s Hot Rolls

 

Ingredients:

 

3/4 cup Milk
1/2 stick Butter
1/4 cup Sugar
1 tsp. Salt
1/2 cup Warm water (110-115 degrees)
2 pkgs. Yeast
1 egg, beaten
3-1/2 cups unsifted Flour

 

Directions to make Aunt Dot’s Hot Rolls

 

Heat milk, sugar, salt and butter until lukewarm (110-115 degrees) and butter is melted. Set aside.

Put water in a large bowl. Add yeast, stir until dissolved. Add milk mix, egg and two cups of flour. Mix until smooth.

Add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Cover and let rise until double in bulk, approximately 30 minutes. Punch down.

Place dough on a floured board. Shape into balls and place on a greased cookie sheet. Cover and let rise until doubled, approximately 45 minutes.

Bake in oven at 400 degrees until brown, approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Serve hot.

 

Tip: Use a seed warming mat or hot towel to keep the bowl warm while mixing your ingredients and to help keep the dough slightly warm during rising. This isn’t going to warm the bowl to 85 degrees, but it does help keep the chill off during those cold winter days.

 

For another delicious ‘roll’ recipe, try your hand at Peanut Rolls!

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Julie Murphree is a blogger, newspaper columnist, and speaker on all things ‘Living a Simple Life on the Farm’. She is the author of \\\'The Farm Wife – Living a Simple Life on the Farm. She and her husband have 60 acres in NW Louisiana where they actively work on living as sustainable as possible.

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