Saturday, November 29, 2008


Here is the roll recipe. It is my sister in law Elizabeth's grandmother's recipe. Enjoy the love!

Grandma Garff’s Sour Cream Rolls


1 large carton of sour cream (2 cups)
1/4 cup shortening
Heat them together in a little pan, but don't boil.

Place in mixing bowl and stir in:
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, well beaten

Take 2 packages of dry, fast rising yeast and dissolve in 1 cup of luke warm water.   Then mix with other ingredients in large bowl.   Add 7 1/2 cups flour, and knead.

Cover the bowl with aluminum foil and place a dishtowel over it.   Place bowl and contents, well covered, in a refrigerator overnight (or in a cold oven for 3 hours) and until the dough has doubled in bulk.   Make rolls and place in roll pans, cover with dishtowel and let raise for about 3-4 hours.

Don't make them too small.   If you fold them over, put a little butter between the folds.   Bake 9-12 minutes, depending on oven, at 350 degrees.   Bake until rolls are light brown--not dark brown.

I cut the dough into 4 equal parts and then roll it out into a 16 inch circle. Then I use a pizza cutter to cut the circle into 16 even triangles. I roll them up like Cresent rolls and butter them with a melted butter and a pastry brush hot out of the oven.

Make them tastier!

This dough is an excellent base for cinnamon or orange rolls.

After the first rising, divide dough 4 ways.  Roll each section out into a circle.  Brush dough with softened butter. Sprinkle with brown sugar & cinnamon (for cinnamon rolls) or sugar and orange zest (for orange rolls). Roll into log shape and slice 1 ½ inch rolls.  Place in buttered pyrex and bake.

Optional (but not to me) Frosting:   While the rolls are still slightly warm, frost with a butter, milk, powdered sugar frosting (cinnamon rolls).  Or butter, OJ and powdered sugar (orange rolls).  I just eyeball this.  I like my frosting like my shakes, on the thick side.


Andrea said...

Stephanie, thank you so much for this recipe. I was reading your blog last night and meant to comment but the children clamored. At any rate, I just want to compliment you on your forthrightness and your grace in writing. I am not LDS but have a few friends who are (and I *think* that I have a reasonable understanding of your faith). You and your husband both do an excellent job of laying out some basic beliefs in a clear and cogent way. Oh, that we could all share so honestly and gracefully, and build each other up rather than tear each other down! You are to be commended. Your friend among the Southern Baptists - Andrea

Noorda Notebook said...

yumo in my tummo. thanks! i love your "frosting is not optional" part.

Marcee said...

Thank you for sharing this recipe. I am going to make these for Christmas!!

Carrie said...

Thank you, these look great! Stephanie, you don't know me but I feel like you are a friend because I read your blog everyday! Thanks for the love.

Peggy said...

Thank you so much for sharing! I can't wait to try it.

Messy Jess said...

I can hear the Pillsburry Dough Boy giggle! Those look like they are to die for!

Jill said...

Thanks for sharing Stephanie!

deette said...

Hi Steph!
Can butter be used instead of shortening? Thanks for sharing!!

Tracy said...

Thank you for sharing the roll recipe. I will make them for Christmas and think of you. Hope they turn out as good as your photo. I may have to have a trial run before, just for practice you know, wink, wink. Have a great day.
It is snowing in Iowa tody.


Carolyn said...

I brought your Festive Cheese Spread to Thanksgiving dinner and it was a total hit! Your dinner sounded fabulous. I'm glad it was a good day. I've never made your rolls recipe yet, and I think I'll try them tonight. Love you!

Shanan said...

mmmmm ..... rolls ..... :D

Kristine said...

Hi Stephanie - I've followed your blog for most of this year. It is beautifully written and I pray for your family often.

We have not been through the trials and heart ache that you and your family have endured, but we did go through a very traumatic event with our daughter this year. She was diagnosed with Bacterial Meningitis and we came very close to losing her a number of times and she may have some life long challenges to endure.

It was a HUGE wake up call for us and has forever changed our lives.

You have inspired me to start a blog and begin recording Katie's story. It's very painful, but also healing.

I have linked to your blog on mine. I hope this is okay with you.

Please feel free to do the same.


PS - Thanks for the recipe...will try it this week! Yay!

Amber said...

Thanks for posting the recipe! Could your blog be more dynamic? I can get a dose of spiritual enlightment along with recipes what more can a girl ask for?

Rachael said...

Yum! Thanks for the recipe, and for your inspirational blog. I've come to consider you a "friend" from afar, and have so much admiration for you.

Darleen said...

I love your orange rolls--they are delish! We made your famous and most mouth-watering candied yams for Thanksgiving. They were scrumpious!