I know it’s the holidays when the kitchen is warmed by the oven and the smell of bread yeast is in the air. Making bread is no easy task, especially when you have to live up to your great grandmother’s yeast roll recipe. Every year, though, mom and I make yeast rolls and loaf bread from scratch: Mixing, kneading, waiting, kneading, forming…the whole nine yards. This recipe for yeast rolls is engraved in my mind because I’ve been making it since, well, forever!
It’s an all-day adventure, but every moment of it takes the utmost attention to correctly execute. My “GG” had it down to a science when she made them, so like I said before, we have a lot to live up to. Each holiday season we get the kitchen prepped, make sure to cover every inch of the countertop in flour, and get a fire going in the woodstove—because that’s the secret to making good bread: Letting it rise by a warm fire. This recipe is not only a holiday tradition, it’s also created a time dedicated to being present with each other—putting our hands to work and patiently waiting by the fire for the bread to rise. If GG only knew now what that simple bread recipe has created, she would be so overjoyed.