I remember way back as a kid my mom was watching the Phil Donahue show (oh my that dates me) and Phil was featuring a lady who was promoting a more simple self-sufficient lifestyle. She had a goat with her and she was talking all about homesteading and country living.
The lady’s name was Carla Emery. She was touting her book Carla Emery Encyclopedia of Country Living. My mom ordered the book immediately. A short time later we had goats and my mom was making soap from goat milk and was making goat milk yogurt. My mom dived in hook, line, and sinker.
This was pre-internet life and the book was amazing. If you want to know anything from how to birth a baby at home to butchering a chicken to raising rabbits for meat to recipes for radishes, this book had it all.
I have a copy of the original green cover versions.
The book has gone and had updates added to it including internet resources. Below is a picture of Emery with one of the other editions.
Emery has since passed away but her book lives on as an essential resource for modern-day homesteaders or people simply longing for a great resource for a more self-sustained lifestyle. On a side note, the author also includes many interesting entries about her own personal life. It’s a great read. The book is still available HERE on Amazon.
One recipe that I got from the book and has lived on my family is this recipe…Grossmamma Baum’s Basic Yeast Bread. It’s a ratio recipe that I love. I’ve gone and modified it a bit to my liking but for the most part, it’s much the same.
I use this for making cinnamon rolls, pizza dough, fry bread, sticky buns, and rolls.
Some of the updates to the recipe I’ve done is to use bread flour instead of regular all-purpose flour. As I said, I use this dough for other things besides bread. On this day a three loaf version.
I turned half into cinnamon rolls…
The other half I was trying something new…Pepperoni Rolls. The last time Kalissa and I went to the Amish, one of the bakeries were featuring Pepperoni Rolls. Kalissa and I got them and LOVED them.
We decided that we thought it was bread dough with pepperoni and cheese inside and rolled into a bun. I decided to give it a try.
Here are my two pans.
Here they are almost finished. I sent a note to Karl and Kalissa and said, “Coming soon to a kitchen near you.” That was their fair warning to save some calories to give these a try.
Carver was all smiles over the cinnamon rolls…
I was excited to try a Pepperoni Roll.
I wished they would have browned a little more on top, but they were done so needed to come out. I cut one in half so I could show you how they looked.
They were delicious. I’d say the flavor was a 10 but I still wish they looked a little better.
Kalissa and Karl didn’t care about the coloring at all. They were both in love so I’m calling it a success.
Does anyone know how to get the coloring darker on top, but not on the bottom of the roll darker? Please leave me a comment and let me know.