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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-11-20 15:55
Subject: [food] Knot rolls, per my mother's family
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Tags:family, food
Single recipe (plus/minus 2 doz rolls). These are stupidly tasty, as well as being rather simple, as yeast breads go.


  • Combine 1/2 cup boiling water with 1/2 cup Pet (condensed) milk; set aside

  • Combine 2 pks or cakes of yeast with 1/4 cup wrist warm water, dash of sugar, set aside to proof

  • Cream 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup butter, lightly salt

  • Add 2 eggs and beat well

  • Add water/Pet milk and stir well

  • Add flour a cup at a time (over 3 cups) til ready to knead

  • Turn out on floured counter top and knead well

  • Leave in covered bowl, let rise til doubled

  • Beat down, make into rolls by taking chunks slightly larger than golf balls, twirling them into little logs, and tying the logs into simple knots

  • Let rise again

  • 10-12 min in 325 oven on a baking sheet with baking parchment, just until they turn golden

  • Butter tops of hot rolls, set on wire rack to cool

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User: anghara
Date: 2009-11-20 23:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Pet milk? What's Pet milk? Do I have to have a pet cow for this one - or should I be attempting to milk my cat...?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-11-20 23:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Condensed milk. Have amended post accordingly. :)
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User: melissajm
Date: 2009-11-21 02:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Please do take video of the attempt...
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User: tillyjane
Date: 2009-11-21 00:56 (UTC)
Subject: pet milk

I can answer this question....you can use scalded whole milk if you want to.

This is a recipe my mother got from the label of a pet milk can in the 30s. I think it was a marketing attempt to persuade housewives that they could substitute canned condensed milk in their baking.

Pet or Carnation milk is unsweetened, tho there may be a sweetened version. I think there is a slight difference in flavor when you use whole milk, and its the condensed milk flavor that three generations of my family grew up with and love.

My sister Vicki doubled the sugar and yeast in the recipe, the original used half the amount Jay listed. Jay and I use butter, the sisters still use shortening, as the original recipe called ofr. If you like a denser, less sweet roll, just act accordingly.

I love recipe drift, and this one certainly is a good example of drift.

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Intelligentrix: 2 cents
User: intelligentrix
Date: 2009-11-22 17:28 (UTC)
Subject: Re: pet milk
Keyword:2 cents
Hi. Popping in a bit late with a minor clarification: Pet milk is evaporated milk, condensed milk is nearly always sweetened (exceptions are very rare). Condensed milk is also much thicker and more viscous, whereas evaporated milk is closer in consistency to cream.
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Eric T. Reynolds: brd
User: ericreynolds
Date: 2009-11-21 01:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh man those look good.
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User: melissajm
Date: 2009-11-21 02:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh wow. They look delicious.
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dinogrl: thanksgiving
User: dinogrl
Date: 2009-11-21 05:06 (UTC)
Subject: The simple joys of times past.
It's interesting how something like bread can bring a tear to your eye.

My Mom used to make those. And I'd help her.
Sigh. I miss my mom during this time of year especially. Ah me.
Thank you for giving me that recall of a simpler time and place.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-11-23 15:18 (UTC)
Subject: Re: The simple joys of times past.
Enjoy the memories, and maybe the rolls...
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Intelligentrix: Chickweed
User: intelligentrix
Date: 2009-11-22 17:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Chickweed "what?"
So... at what point in the proceedings do you actually add the proofed yeast? That step seems to have been left as an exercise for the reader.

Edited at 2009-11-22 05:30 pm (UTC)
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Jay Lake: food-knot_roll
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-11-23 15:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oops. Between the milk and the flour... :p
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