Sour Cream Rolls

The house stands!

Thank you to everyone who has been watching and praying with us. My parents found out last night that their house had not succumbed to the fire. Unfortunately, six or seven houses on our street did not survive, and over 300 homes burned down in their neighborhood. My heart goes out to those families, but I know the community will rally, offering love and support.

I made these rolls on the same night the fire came over the mountain. Living over one thousand miles away from my family left me feeling helpless, and so I coped by kneading, shaping, and baking. There is something therapeutic about beating your hands into a pile of pliable dough. And the smell of baking bread continues to be a source of comfort–it always reminds me of home.

And recipe turned out pretty darn good (thank goodness because recipe failure is not allowed when you are baking to cope). The sour cream makes these rolls  rich and light. They rose beautifully, and as they baked they turned a lovely golden brown. We served them with dinner, we slathered them with apricot jam, and I greedily took one to bed with me last night (I was hungry, folks!)

Ryan and I are traveling to Maine on Monday, and I can’t wait to leave this lovely Texas heat and put on a sweater for a few days. I’m contemplating packing my cake pans and a few decorating tips. My 9 year old niece loves to bake, and I think a 4th of July cake might just be in order. I’m hoping to take pictures of boats and lobsters, blueberries and bikes. I’ll share a few photos here, and I’ll share more on my facebook page.

I hope everyone has a beautiful and happy 4th of July. And remember, if you live in Colorado (or anywhere else that is dry as a bone) DON’T SHOOT FIREWORKS. Eat a cupcake or something sweet instead.

Sour Cream Rolls

3 cups bread flour

2 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons sugar

1 cup sour cream

1/4 cup water

1 egg

2 tablespoons butter

1. In a large bowl, combine flour, yeast, sugar, and salt. In a small saucepan, heat the sour cream, water and 2 tablespoons butter stirring to mix until it heats to 120°-130°; add to dry ingredients.

2. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add egg and beat 2 minutes longer. .

3. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. (I used my stand mixer with the dough hook attachment.)

4. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

5. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into 12 pieces. Shape each into a smooth ball.  Place each ball on a parchment lined baking sheet.

6. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.

7. Bake at 375° for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.


41 thoughts on “Sour Cream Rolls

  1. Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet)

    I am so thankful that your family home was spared…and I believe in the power of prayer! The aroma of baking bread is comforting to me too…it reminds me of my Great Gramma Edith, who was famous in our family for her homemade yeast rolls. Have a safe trip, my friend…and soak up that cool weather while you can. We were the same way in coastal Oregon when it was 55 the day we went to the beach…clam chowder weather in June!!

  2. Liz

    WHEW! What good news, my friend. Now go enjoy your time in Maine without any worries. xoxo

    PS…the rolls look extraordinary as do all your baked goods!

  3. Becky

    I’m so glad that your parent’s home was spared. It’s too bad about some of their neighbors homes, though. what week you have had. Enjoy Maine, and the cooler weather.

    Baking has always been my therapy, be it cookies, brownies, or cupcakes. Unfortunately, I’m not much of a bread baker, like you, maybe some day.

    I like your idea of eating cupcakes, instead of shooting off fireworks! Our city has cancelled the fireworks, here in IL, because it is so dry.

  4. Jeanne

    Have fun in Maine! Say hi to the Atlantic for me. I haven’t been there in years and I miss the rocky beaches. Have a safe and relaxing trip, my friend.

  5. Jill~a SaucyCook

    I do live in Colorado and was appalled to see in the paper this morning that some damned fool was ticketed (should have been tarred and feathered!) for setting off fireworks last night. I am glad your family is safe and I can completely relate to kneading as a form of stress relief. I think that the emotions pour out of our fingers and into the dough making the end result incredibly soft and fluffy. Smart girl, taking one to bed! Have fun in Maine.

  6. Natasha

    Glad to hear your family home made it through, i have seen the pictures and it is both scary and sad what has happened. Have a good vacation in Maine, but it is just as hot up here (I am directly above Maine). Only 10 AM and already 75 degrees!

  7. Annie

    Thank goodness the house is alright! I hope you’re having fun in Maine. Happy 4th by the way-well almost. My Indiana family has extreme drought and much of the state is not having a fire works show until September. Such a hot, dry summer for some! Yummy looking rolls too!

  8. Leah @ Why Deprive?

    I was SO happy to hear that your parents house made it through. You guys really deserved a break.

    These rolls sound amazing. I swear, all baked goods are betetr eonce you add sour cream.

  9. Anita at Hungry Couple

    I’m sorry that you and your family have had to deal with all that stress but pleased your parents’ house was unaffected. Have a great time in Maine. It’s one of our favorite places and we have a cottage booked there for an August vacation. Do post lots of pics! Oh, and the rolls look amazing. I wish I could smell them but, if I did, I’d just end up eating them. :)

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  10. Amy @ fragrantvanillacake

    Monet, so happy to hear your parent’s house is alright! These rolls sound wonderful, and they must have a perfect light texture from the looks of the photos. I hope you have a wonderful fourth celebrating with your family :)!

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  12. Jacqueline @How to be a Gourmand

    Monet, thankfully your parents are safe. A happy belated 4th of July to you!!
    I know what you mean about the therapeutic process of baking. I often find myself in the kitchen when I want to destress.
    Your rolls look really lovely and even better with apricot jam :-)

  13. Deborah

    I’m so happy to hear your family’s home is ok. What a terrifying time for everyone.

    And these rolls look amazing. I definitely know how to take stress out with baking or chopping. :)

  14. Hester aka The Chef Doc

    I’m so glad that your family’s house stands, Monet! I was thinking about you the entire time this travesty was occurring. These sour cream rolls look divine! With the hot weather we’ve been having in So Cal, I’m going to take advantage and let some dough rise :-) Thank you for sharing, my dear! I hope you’re having a good time in Maine.

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