Carrie's Rich Rolls or Bread (Basic Recipe) With Variations

Total Time
Prep 3 hrs
Cook 1 hr

This is my mother's bread recipe. She made it so often that she never had to look at any recipe - she knew it by "feel". She finally wrote it down and we are so glad she did since she passed away in 1980 at the age of 45. This recipe is pretty much in her own words - it is a guideline for all kinds of yeast bread items. Several variations follow the main recipe. Be sure to read it through before trying them out. She was a beautiful woman and a wonderful mother. Not a day goes by that I don't think of her. Whenever I make yeast bread, I think of her. I love you, Momma!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put the warm milk in a pan large enough to hold all ingredients.
  2. Add sugar and yeast; stir until dissolved.
  3. Stir in 3 cups of flour, mix well.
  4. Cover and let rise until full of bubbles - (about 45 minutes).
  5. Add eggs (beaten until light), salt, and butter to the mixture.
  6. Blend well, and add remaining flour.
  7. Cover and let rise (about 1 1/2 hours).
  8. "Now the dough is ready to use and what finger paints are to a child, this bread recipe can be for you. Your imagination can run riot and the things you can do will amaze you" (Quoting directly from her instructions).
  9. Flour your breadboard or counter where you intend to knead the bread and put your dough on it.
  10. The theory is that the more you knead the dough, the better the bread will be. But don't let it run away with you. Quite a small amount of kneading will result in excellent dough (Bread or rolls) My theory is the more you knead the dough (need the dough$$), the poorer you are. Ha! Seriously, it doesn't make that much difference whether you knead it half a day or about 5 minutes. It turns out real good at 5 - 10 minutes.
  12. TO MAKE BASIC BREAD LOAVES: After you've kneaded the dough the final time, take about half as much as your loaf pan holds. Roll it roughly into the shape of a pie. Starting at any edge roll it up. Tuck up the ends under so that the roll now fits your loaf pan. The rolled "seam" should be on the bottom of the pan. Bake at 325 for 1 hour. This recipe should make 2 loaves.
  13. Don't stop now! Here are some variations you can easily do!.
  14. TO MAKE COFFEE CAKE recipe: Anyway, after you've kneaded the dough, you take half as much dough as your bread pan holds and roll out about the size of a pie pan. Spread butter (about 1/2 stick) over entire top. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon (about 1/2 cup sugar - 1 teaspoon cinnamon). I have used apple pie spices instead and it came out fine. Roll up very tightly and tuck ends in if they are too long for your pan. Put in a warm place and let rise to double its original size - about an hour. Bake at 325 degrees F. for 1 hour.
  15. TO MAKE PARKERHOUSE ROLLS, When making Parkerhouse rolls, remembering that your rolls will be twice the size of your original dough! Butter your muffin tins well and put 3 equal siaed rolls of your dough in each tin. Let rise to double in size. Bake at 375 degrees F. for about 25 minutes or until golden brown. Will make about 2 doz. rolls.
  16. TO MAKE BUTTERFLAKE ROLLS: Roll dough very thin, cut small rounds and put about 5 in each muffin tin, endways. Let these also rise to double in size before baking at 375 degrees F for about 25 minutes or until golden brown. Makes about 2 dozen.
  17. YOU CAN ALSO MAKE SOME VERY GOOD PECAN ROLLS: Substitute brown sugar for the white sugar in the original recipe. Butter 2 muffin tins. In the bottom of each muffin cup add these ingredients: 1 heaping teaspoon of Light Brown Sugar, 1 to 2 teaspoons of chopped nuts or 3 pecan halves. After the final rising, shape your dough into a long roll or into two 1 foot rolls. Cut the roll into 1" slices and place each slice into a muffin cup. Let them rise until double in size and bake them at 375 degrees F. for about 2 to 30 minutes. Turn them upside down onto Aluminum foil or wax paper to cool.
Most Helpful

These rolls have a nice flavor, reminiscent of a dinner roll. Delicate but chewy texture also nice for sandwiches or just snacking on. They were nice and soft on the inside. I let them rise for about 20 minutes and then put them in the oven, they rose a bit more! I will be making them again very soon. Delicate but chewy texture also nice for sandwiches or just snacking on. I did a loaf the second time I did this. I made the dough in my bread machine then baked in my loaf pan for 24 min at 375*F. To me You get a bigger loaf that way and taste better to me.TIPS: I always beat the egg before I put it into the bread machine. Thank You for recipes!!! I can do my happy food dance!! NOW !! THANK YOU!!<br/>This clearly proves that you can teach an old dog new tricks!! Made for the 2013 Variety is the Spice of Life event

CHEF GRPA May 09, 2013

What a lovely bread recipe! I made the parker house rolls and look forward to trying some of the other variations as well. The dough seemed a bit sticky but plenty of flour on the board during the final kneading took care of that. Thanks also for keeping the recipe in your mom's own words - it was as enjoyable to read as it was to make! Thanks for sharing this recipe! Made for Variety Is The Spice Of Life 2013

loof May 06, 2013

These were so light and delicious! I chose the Parker house version and they were done baking in 20 mn, I always turn my bread half way through the baking time and they were almost done at 10! My oven must run hot! Thanks for sharing! Made for Variety is the spice of life game.

pammyowl May 05, 2013