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How to Make PERFECT ROLLS (and my little rolling pin obsession)...

I have a confession. I love rolling pins.  
Especially antique ones.
Here's my little collection, and the best part is I haven't spent more than $30.00!

I always check at thrift stores, estate sales and garage sales, and once in awhile I find a SWEET rolling pin for 
less than $3.00.
So Keep your eye out.... and start your own little collection!
it's kind of a fun, cheap obsession.

I had my rolling pins out on Sunday since I was making rolls so I thought I would share some pictures and a few secrets on how to make PERFECT ROLLS!

#1-- NEVER let your yeast touch HOT, HOT water or milk.  This can kill the yeast and leave you with flat, heavy dough (that will not rise). The solution: make sure the water or milk in your recipe is warm but not scolding hot when you add your yeast.

#2- BE CAREFUL NOT TO ADD TOO MUCH FLOUR!  This is the easiest way to ruin your rolls. The solution: Add flour one cup at a time, waiting for it to incorporate. Once the dough is soft and just a little sticky you are in business (yes... you might not add exactly what your recipe calls for). I like my dough slightly sticky so I can add flour when rolling them out....

#3 GO WITH A TRIED AND TRUE RECIPE like this recipe for Lion House Rolls CLICK HERE This is an awesome recipe that works EVERY TIME! You will love it! The only adjustment I make is that I use 1/2 cup of butter (one stick) instead of 1/3 cup.  So there you you can make rolls like a champion! 

Pin tips and recipe here...

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Those look like my favorite rolls my mom makes - I will have to try those! Thanks for the tips!

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterApril S.

Oh my gosh, I HEART you! These rolls look amazing and look at your rolling pins! So fabulous. I might have to start collecting! I have one antique one and am about to invest in a new set from my fave woodenware company. :) Great post!

Can you use whole wheat flour to make rolls, breads, crescent rolls? I'm trying to stick with whole grains rather than bleached and processed white flour. I recently tried a new biscuit recipe and substituted WW flour. They didn't turn out too well but I don't know if it was the recipe or the flour. Thanks!

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDianne

I have a wooden rolling pin that my dad whittled for my mom in 1939 and then sanded smooth it is a solid piece of wood and i cherish it when mom gave it to me she made me promise to use it and i do will probably be around for the great great it and love your site

April 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlinda mc

Do you have any vegan roll recipes? I'd be interested in trying those out. Thanks!

May 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

I make breads and they are wonderful!, but have NEVER tried making crescent rolls. I have been loaded and ready to give it a try. Your site has me fired up. I will be making them tomorrow. Hopefully, I have bought my LAST overpriced crescent rolls :) Thanks, Carmelita

January 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarmelita Yeager

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