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Grandma Russell's Bread Recipe

Grandma Russell's Bread Recipe

I remember as a child always smelling fresh homemade bread and rolls whenever I walked into Grandma's house. The warm slices were delicious and melted in my mouth! —Janet Polito, Nampa, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. YIELD:24 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. 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.