It is with a heavy heart, but many happy memories, that I share this recipe for Sam’s Homemade Hot Rolls.
Sam Cross, my father, passed away in March, but the love and kindness he gave to everyone that knew him, will live on forever. Sam’s Homemade Hot Rolls are a part of his legacy.
This recipe was one that my dad made for years. He was famous for his fried chicken and hot rolls. He made these rolls for any family dinner or special occasion. The recipe was given to him in the early 1960’s from an elderly lady that had a farm down the road from his.
I have eaten these rolls for so many years, but never attempted to make them myself. I am NOT a bread maker!
Last July, dad was diagnosed with mesothelioma, and given a poor diagnosis.
One weekend a lot of our family was there to visit and even that day, he made the rolls.
My beautiful niece, Rebekah, asked him to teach her how to make these rolls.
I loved watching him give her instructions and sharing special tips. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house. The aroma of the rolls baking was amazing. We all ate at least 3 smothered in butter and homemade jam.
On a visit in early March, dad got out of bed at 5:45 a.m. the day we were coming, and fixed fried chicken, as well as his famous hot rolls for us. Rachel fixed a potato casserole and baked a delicious cake.
We enjoyed the visit and the food so much. We all knew how tired he was after doing that, but it meant everything to him to be able to do it. I did get his recipe on this visit. This was the last time I saw him alive. He passed away 3 weeks later.
I am sharing Sam’s Homemade Hot Rolls recipe as a tribute to him and to carry on this family specialty.
Here are some pictures of my attempt to make them.
Still need some practice!
I know that our family has many wonderful memories of enjoying these special hot rolls and wanted to share his recipe with everyone. Love to all.
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