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Grandma Russell's Bread

 Grandma Russell's Bread
"I remember as a child always smelling fresh homemade bread and rolls whenever I walked into Grandma's house," shares Janet Polito or Nampa, Idaho. "The warm slices were delicious and melted in my mouth!"
24 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed potatoes
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 5 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon


  • In a large bowl, combine the yeast, warm water and 1 teaspoon sugar;
  • set aside. In a saucepan, heat milk, butter, salt and remaining
  • sugar until butter is melted. Remove from the heat; stir in potatoes
  • until smooth. Cool to lukewarm; add eggs and mix well.
  • To yeast mixture, add the potato mixture and 5 cups flour. Stir in
  • enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Turn onto a floured
  • surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place
  • in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in
  • a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.

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Grandma Russell's Bread (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Punch down and divide in half. For white bread: Shape two loaves and
  • place in greased 8x4-in. loaf pans. For cinnamon bread: Roll each
  • half into a 16x8-in. rectangle. Brush with melted butter; combine
  • sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over butter. Starting at the narrow
  • end, roll up into a loaf, sealing the edges and ends. Place in
  • greased 8x4-in. loaf pans.
  • For cinnamon rolls: Roll each half into an 18x12-in. rectangle. Brush
  • with melted butter; sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar. Starting at the
  • narrow end, roll up and seal edges and ends. Cut each into 12 pieces
  • of 1-1/2 in. Place in greased 9-in. round baking pans. To bake:
  • Cover and let rise until doubled. Bake loaves at 375° for 20
  • minutes; bake rolls at 375° for 25-30 minutes. Cover with foil
  • if they brown too quickly. Yield: 2 loaves or 2 dozen rolls.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 208 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 35 mg cholesterol, 387 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.