Monday, December 13, 2010

Mondays with Mom, 4H Bread Recipe

Every Saturday when I was growing up, we had chores to do. We either had to scrub the kitchen and dining room floors or help with the bread baking.

I remember getting paid 35cents for the kitchen floor and 50 cents for the dining room floor. We used a scrub brush and Fells Naptha bar soap, scrubbing on our hands and knees. By the way, that soap really works. When my son was in baseball I used it to take off agralime and grass stains from his uniforms. Check out the link for it's many uses!

Anyway, I don't remember how much we got for making the bread. I hardly ever got too. My second oldest brother always chose that. {He made really good bread,too.} So I was stuck with the floor. When I was really little I could hardly wait to be old enough to earn the money. After scrubbing them a few times I wasn't so excited anymore!

I am the youngest in my family, in fact my youngest brother is 7 years older than I am. So when he got older, involved in school activities and summer jobs, AND we got carpet in the dining room...which meant less scrubbing...I learned how to bake the bread! It was alot better than scrubbing!

This recipe is one my older sister started baking during 4H. Mom, or whoever did the baking that week, always made a 9x 13 pan of cinnamon rolls and the rest into buns. We ate the rolls for Sunday breakfast and the buns for Sunday dinner. We had a beef pot roast every Sunday after church....never fail...and I loved dunking the rolls into mom's rich beef gravy!

I really like this recipe, but of course I had to change it a bit. Mom usually just sprinkled brown sugar in the bottom of the 9x13 pan for the cinnamon rolls. She added a bit of milk, a few dots of butter too.

But after making Pioneer Woman's rolls several times, I knew her Maple frosting would taste wonderful on this bread,too.

In fact, it's awesome!

4H Bread

2 packages dry yeast
1/2 c. warm water
1 1/2 c. lukewarm milk, scalded and cooled
1/2 c. shortening
1/2 c. sugar
2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
7 c. flour

Dissolve the yeast in warm water. Add the cooled milk and shortening. Stir well and add the rest of the ingredients. Knead for 5-10 minutes. Let rise until double in bulk. Punch down and let rise again, about 30 minutes. Punch down and shape into rolls. Let rise again and bake at 350 until lightly browned.


Design Wine and Dine said...

I used to get shiny quarters for chores too :) Then I started demanding paper!

These rolls are great, love the icing top!

Louanne said...

Yum! Love the maple icing.

Katerina said...

These rolls look great and the maple syrup only reinforces that.

Alwayzbakin said...

Those look SO good. Makes me want to whip up a batch.

bonnie said...

Oh I love these so much, I made some one Christmas it might have been last year....I remember them being delicious....your bread rolls look devine. Love the story of when you were a child....I too had chores of cleaning the groundfloor bathroom for pocket money and sweets.....I remember it so well as I used to save all my pennies! xx

Anonymous said...

Laurie, I love your stories of childhood. Your rolls look awesome....

CaSaundraLeigh said...

I definitely would have wanted to bake bread instead of scrub floors! Baking with yeast is the only thing that really intimidates me in the kitchen...I still need some practice for sure. Hope you're staying warm. We had -32 at my parents in Mt.Iron yesterday..eek!