Lion House Rolls

Hello. Announcement.
If I had high bp, I'm sure it would be rising right about now. If you know me, this is my all time favorite holiday of the year. I spend weeks pouring over cookbooks, online, magazines, etc. Looking for fun new dishes to try, pies to make.  Not this year. I actually had a guy who is laying tile for me remind me that Thanksgiving is next week.
No, it  could not be.
Yes, it is, he said.
Really? Are you sure?
Great. I lost the whole end of October-beginning of Nov.
here's why.

Thing One:
A house.
At 50, (oh, yes that day is right around the corner) we decided to throw all caution to the wind, sell our home of 18 years and build a new house.
It's not like I personally get on the work gloves and boots and head over to the site everyday to pound nails, but, I like to talk like I am building it.

Here's a preview (of the kitchen)

Thing Two:
A Baby. Our first Grandchild!
I have a need to snuggle and smother this little one with kisses as much as possible.
Hence the no cooking zone in my kitchen lately.

I'm starting prep for the big day tomorrow. I'll make the dough and freeze, so all I have to do on Thanksgiving is take the rolls out of the freezer, thaw, raise and bake.  Then I'll have more time to sit and enjoy the grand baby.
Thanksgiving, yes.

PS If you have ever eaten a Lion House Roll, you know two things.
1. They are delicious.
2. They are probably the biggest roll you have ever eaten in your life.
This recipe tastes better than the rolls purchased at the Lion House and Deseret Book.
Everything homemade is better.

Lion House Rolls
Adapted from Pinterest
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2 cups warm water ( 110 to 115 degrees)
2/3 cup non fat dry milk powder
2 tablespoons dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter , melted
2 teaspoons salt
5 -5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
about 1/4 to 1/2 cup additional butter for inside and top of rolls

In large bowl of electric mixer, combine water and milk powder, stir until dissolved.
Sprinkle yeast over warm water and add 1 teaspoon of sugar.  Let sit until yeast bubbles. Add  egg, additional 1/4 cup of sugar and melted butter.  Mix on low speed until ingredients are incorporated. Add  2 cups of flour. Mix well. Add two teaspoons of salt. Mix on low speed of mixer until ingredients are mixed well. Increase speed of mixer for  2 minutes at medium speed.
Add 2 cups more flour; mix on low speed, then for 2 minutes as medium speed. (Dough will become stiff and remaining flour may need to be mixed in by hand).
Add about ½ cup flour and mix again, by hand or mixer.
Dough should be soft, not overly sticky, and not stiff.
(It may not be necessary to use the entire amount of flour.)
Scrape dough off sides of bowl and coat sides of bowl with about 1 tablespoon vegetable oil  around sides of the bowl,  so it is covered with oil.
Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise in warm place until double in size.
After dough has risen, sprinkle cutting board or counter with flour and place dough on floured surface.
Roll out and cut rolls.  See note below to watch instructional video on the method use in making Lion House Rolls.
Place on greased (or parchment lined) baking pans.
Let rise in warm place until rolls are double in size (about 1 to 1 ½ hours).
Bake at 375 for 15 to 20 minutes or until browned.
Brush with melted butter while hot.

-The video mentioned is found here.
-I tried the method shown in the video but was unable to flip the rolls and have the rolls turn out in a uniform way. I simply rolled the dough on a floured surface and placed them on the pan to rise.
-If you are making these ahead of time, make the rolls up to the point where the rolls are placed on the cookie sheet. Do not let them raise a second time, cover with a sheet of wax paper and then wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Place immediately in freezer. When ready to bake, take out of freezer about 4 hours prior to baking. Remove plastic wrap and wax paper. Cover loosely with a towel. Let sit in draft free warm place until rolls raise. Do not set pan directly on granite or stone counter top. The counter will be too cold to allow rolls to raise properly. Set a towel down on the counter first, then place the pan on top of the towel.
-Here's a link for a cute idea to roll up little "notes of thanks" inside of your rolls for Thanksgiving, a great idea for kids. The recipe is different than the Lion House roll recipe, but you could use the idea with either recipe.


  1. Wow. Your rolls look brown and beautiful. I have to make the pies (again) because I have been making them for the last 13 years and everyone else seems to have forgotten how to make them. I might just have to make some of these up for a small family dinner. I've never made Lion House rolls before. Yours are inspiring.

    You ARE building a house! You are probably putting more blood, sweat and tears into it than your contractor. Good luck. When will it be move in ready?

    1. Isn't that how it goes? I love being the pie maker! You will love this recipe. The rolls are beautiful and really a simple recipe I made two batches today in to orange rolls. Yummy!
      Oh and the house, we are scheduled to move in mid-December. We will see...

  2. Hi Si, I don't know if you remember me, but Jake and Keaton played ball together in Arizona a couple years ago. I just want to say I LOVE YOUR BLOG and THANK YOU for taking the time to help us in our kitchen and with our families. You are such a neat lady. I'm off and excited to make the Lion House Rolls you posted today. Thank you. PS. Your new kitchen is going to be AWESOME. Tell Jake hi from Kim and Keaton.

    1. Of course I remember you! We missed you at the tourney this summer. You and your amazing photography skills! Hope all is well with you and your family and hope you have a wonderful holiday season :)

  3. how did you know i was assigned to bring the rolls? genius! thanks for the great tips, and congrats on the beautiful grandbaby!! now i'm gonna make like a baker and haul buns.

    1. Glad to help :D and Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. How far in advance can you freeze the dough? A few days? Few weeks? A month?

    1. Kurt,

      I have frozen the dough in advance many times. I've made these ahead anywhere from a month to a few days in advance with great success!
      Happy Baking!

  5. How many rolls does this recipe make??? Do you ever double it?


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