Monday, July 15

Kate's Buns

Roll Recipe
Today I decided to go through the stack of old recipes my mom had saved and preserve them by scanning and/or typing them in.  Some pages I simply scanned and saved as pdf's because I don't think I'll ever make those recipes and I wanted to preserve some of the "old": the stained paper and the handwriting. Some of the recipes were written on the backs of 4" by 6" forms that my dad must have used to record the service calls he made working in the gas and electric company service department.

I came across one recipe for rolls titled "Kate's Buns".  This tickled me for two reasons. First, we have a daughter named Kate and I think it's funny that it might be about her backside.  Yes, I know, I'm a potty brain!

Second, the Kate named here is one of the reasons we have a daughter named Kate. While I knew my grandmothers, I wasn't close with either one.  But I was close with "Grandma Kate", who lived across the street from us.  She and my mom were friends, and when we would go over to her house so they could visit, Grandma Kate would always have some delicious snack for me.  Sometimes it was buttered homemade bread with sugar sprinkled on top (breadandbutterandsugar), sometimes it was bread and butter pickles. I always felt at home with Grandma Kate. How wonderful to come across one of her recipes! Here it is:

Kate’s Buns

3 ½ cups flour
1 pkg. dry yeast, dissolved in ¼ c. water
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. lard
1 tsp. salt
1 cup sweet milk scalded
1 beaten egg
Soak yeast in warm water.  Scald and cool milk. Add sugar, salt, yeast, egg, and lard. Add some flour and beat. Add rest of flour. Raise until double. Knead and shape. When puffy, bake 400° about 15 minutes.