Fall Dinner and Madge Campbell Rolls / by Amy Webb

Mom and I entered into a contest tonight to win some goodies from IKEA. It was a really good excuse to cook together and make an amazing fall dinner. The contest was about sharing our favorite recipe and how it brought our family closer together. Our recipe was for what we call Madge Campbell Rolls.

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The Story

Madge Campbell has been bringing my family together for four generations. Her recipe for dinner rolls was passed onto me by my mother, who received the recipe from her mother in law as a wedding gift. I’ve been told that my great-grandmother got the recipe from a neighbor. We make these rolls for every special occasion, the ultimate comfort food. We ask for them by the name “Madge Campbells”? A few years ago, my great grand-mother passed away. At the funeral, the meal provided included Madge Campbells. One woman said, these rolls had been at every funeral for as long as she could remember. I wonder if Madge had any idea how many families her recipe has touched. Someday I hope to pass this recipe onto my own children to keep Madge Campbell’s gift alive in the tradition of my family.  

The Recipe

1 ½ Cups Water
1 Stick Oleo (1/2 Cup) or Margarine
½ Cup Sugar
½ tsp. Salt
1 pkg. Active Dry Yeast
2 Eggs
5 cups Flour

Melt margarine in 1 cup hot water. Warm the remaining 1/2 cup water, add yeast once it has cooled to 125 degrees. Stir in the sugar, & salt with the yeast mixture. Pour in the butter and yeast mixture into a large bowl, add flour a cup at time and mix thoroughly. Add in the eggs. The dough will be sticky. Let Rise. Knead and rise again. Make rolls, put in 13 X 9 inch pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes until golden brown. Brush with melted butter.