Garlic Thyme Rolls

I love Daylight Savings time.  I just seem to do a bit better during the fall with an extra hour of sleep.  Once this time hits and the weather begins to cool, I start thinking about all things cozy: electric blankets, soft scarves, thick socks, comfy sweaters, red hats, and mittens. 

Lets not do what all the stores seem to be doing.  There IS a holiday between Halloween and Christmas.  It’s THANKSGIVING.  I don’t know about you, but I love this holiday.  It’s a time for families to gather and share a meal.  It’s a time to reunite with those we hold dear but can’t see every day.  It’s a time to be THANKFUL for our lives and those around us.

I am especially thankful to have such wonderful women in my life.  My Great Grandma Minnie was a HUGE influence on me.  She was the cook in our family– she made Thanksgiving Dinner for over 60 years!

Growing up, we were lucky enough to be able to visit both grandparents every weekend.  Grandma Doris made me laugh.  Once, she made brownies and forgot to put in half the flour.  Another time, she was making a pair of sweatpants for my cousin and sewed it together wrong so the length of the pant legs ended up as the crotch and the shorter part that was supposed to be the crotch was the pant legs!!  HA HA!!  She was a very gracious person.  You were always offered a Pepsi to drink when you entered her home. 

 Grandma Lucille is one tough cookie.  She says,  ‘every old barn looks a little better with a fresh coat of paint’.  She wears bright red lipstick and looks FABULOUS in it.  She’s the best garage sale navigator around.

I love both of my Grandmas so much!

I am also grateful for my Mother.  She is the strongest woman I know.  When I was in High School, the governor cut funding and she lost the job she’d had for 11 years.  She didn’t want to lose her pension, so she became an apprentice electrician.  I watched her work 40+ hours a week while going to school 3 nights a week and doing homework.  She did this for 5 years and is now a journeyman electrician.  She showed me that dreams come true, but fairy dust has nothing to do with it.  😉 My Dad is a journeyman electrician, too!  I think I’d go NUTS if I did computer stuff like Tyson.  Of course, he’d go nuts if he had to cook anything with garlic or onions in it. 

This recipe is a revamp of the Thanksgiving Dinner Rolls I posted last year.  Try this recipe and it will fast become a family favorite. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Garlic Thyme Rolls


1/4 cup warm water (115 degrees F)
2-1/2 tsp rapid rise yeast (1 envelope)
1-1/2 cups warm whole milk (115 degrees F)
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for the bowl and pans
1/4 cup sugar
2-1/4 tsp salt
3 large eggs
3 cups bread flour
3-1/2 cups all purpose flour
3-4 Tbsp salted butter, melted
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp dried thyme, crushed
1. Place warm water in a small bowl with a little bit of the sugar (1 tsp). Sprinkle the yeast over the water and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. In the bowl of a standing mixer or in a large bowl, whisk together the milk, butter, remaining sugar, salt and the eggs. Whisk in the yeast mixture.
2. With the mixer on low or with a large wooden spoon, mix in the 3 cups of bread flour. If using a mixer, give it a good whirl, then switch the whisk attachment to a dough hook. With the mixer on the lowest speed, add the remaining 3-1/2 cups all purpose flour a little at a time. The resulting dough should be a little shaggy. You can also do this my hand with a large wooden spoon, but the mixer is a lot easier! Once all the flour is incorporated, let the dough rest for about 10 minutes.
3. Mix on medium speed for 6 minutes. Turn it out onto a lightly floured counter and knead for another 2 minutes. If kneading by hand, knead it on a lightly floured counter for 5 to 10 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic. Form into a large ball.
4. Coat a large bowl with melted unsalted butter. Place the large ball of dough in the bowl and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Set in a warm place for 1 hour 15 minutes, or until doubled in size.
5. Combine 3 Tbsp melted butter with 1 minced garlic clove and 1 tsp dried thyme.  Use the flavored butter to grease two 13×9″ pans. Set the rest of the melted butter aside to brush on the rolls as they come out of the oven.  Sprinkle the pans lightly with salt. Deflate the dough by gently pushing it down and turning it over in the bowl. Pinch off golf-ball-sized pieces and make into balls. Place the balls of dough in the pan, 3 across and 5 long so each pan holds 15 rolls. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Put the oven racks in the bottom third and top third of the oven. When the rolls are done rising, remove the plastic wrap and place one pan on the bottom rack and one pan on the top rack. Cook for 10 minutes, rotate the pans top to bottom, back to front, and continue to cook for another 10 minutes or until evenly golden brown.
7. Remove from oven and place the pan on cooling racks. Lightly brush with melted garlic thyme butter (left over from greasing the pans) and allow to cool. After 10 minutes, remove the rolls from the pans and allow to cool completely on the cooling rack. These rolls are HEAVENLY when devoured while still warm with fresh melted butter.

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