Cornmeal Yeast Rolls


Let the holiday recipes begin! Actually, I love cornmeal yeast bread anytime, but the cornmeal adds a fall harvest taste and texture that is especially perfect at Thanksgiving.

You can make it as a loaf, too.
Ahhh, the lovely wonder of a loaf of bread.
Wanna make some?

You can make cornmeal yeast bread using any kind of cornmeal (yellow or white). I’m using melted butter for the oil. (See more about using egg and oil in Grandmother Bread here.) I’m posting the recipe here in the one-loaf quantity, which is just right to make a cornmeal yeast bread bubble ring of handy pull-apart rolls. (You can also bake them in a regular pan, of course.) If you want to make a lot of rolls, or a batch of rolls plus a loaf, just double this recipe.

Find out all about Grandmother Bread here: The Grandmother Bread Headquarters.

See the original Grandmother Bread recipe post here: Grandmother Bread.

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How to make Cornmeal Yeast Rolls:

1/2 cup cornmeal
1 1/2 cups warm water (divided)
1 teaspoon yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup melted butter
3 1/2 cups flour*

*Flour measure is approximate–you may need slightly more or less. Use what you need to get a good, pliable ball of dough.

Place cornmeal in a large bowl. Add 1/2 cup very hot water. (Hotter than you usually would use in bread–not boiling, just hot.)
Stir the water and cornmeal until the cornmeal is completely moistened. Let sit 10 minutes for the cornmeal to soften. Now continue on with the usual Grandmother Bread recipe instructions, adding the remaining water, yeast, sugar, and salt. Let sit five minutes. Add the egg and melted butter. Stir in the first couple of cups of flour with a heavy spoon. Continue adding flour a little at a time, stirring until dough becomes too stiff to stir easily. Add a little more flour and begin kneading. The amount of flour is approximate–your mileage may vary! Continue adding flour and kneading until the dough is smooth and elastic. Let dough rise in a greased, covered bowl until doubled. (Usually, about an hour.) Uncover bowl; sprinkle in a little more flour and knead again. With floured hands, shape dough as desired, into a loaf or rolls.

You can use a greased bundt cake pan to make a cornmeal bubble ring. Tear the dough into small pieces and shape into balls. It makes about 15 for me, but this will vary depending on the size of the pieces.
Cover and let rise. (About an hour, depending on the temperature in your kitchen.) Bake for 15-20 minutes in a preheated 350-degree oven.
Behold, cornmeal yeast rolls baked in a bubble ring. They come out very pretty.
And it’s very hard to wait till dinnertime to start pulling them apart!

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  1. JOJO says:

    Good morning–this recipe looks so good, and so perfect this time of year.
    Congratulations on your win. Yesterday I visited a few of the blogs readers had mentioned,I found that another thing I like so much about reading your blog is the fact you dont use any words that are off color. I am sure all of your readers appreciate that. You fill our day with sweetness, happines and love–elements that seem to be missing in life today. You take us to a “happy place”–we all need that.
    Thank you for the journey.


  2. Laura says:

    :dancingmonster: WOO HOO! CONGRATULATIONS! I look forward to starting my day with you. And today, I get to do it along with some GORGEOUS looking FOOD! YES! :hungry:

    God bless you as you embark on a new and wonderful journey in your life!


  3. Queenbuffness says:

    WHAT!? MORE good stuff I have to make? I think you have a hidden agenda-make the Queen Queensize. P.S. It’s working!

  4. Chic says:

    Oh Boy…another yummy bread recipe to try!!! Suzanne yesterday morning I made your Sour Dough Starter and in the afternoon I made Grandmother Bread…my husband told me to tell you he LOVED it and he can’t wait till I make your Sour Dough bread…me either!!! I’m having some bread toasted this morning…oh I’m starting to drool. I take it you won the first round????? WOOOHOOOOO!!!!! Good luck with your essay..we know you’ll ‘blow them away’…you go girl!!! :hungry2:

  5. Kathleen H from Indiana says:

    What beautiful rustic looking rolls. Gotta make these and practice for Thanksgiving. Delicious. Looking forward to more ideas for the holidays. Thanks Suzanne! :chef:

  6. KentuckyFarmGirl says:

    Oooo, another thing I have to try from your blog! My sour dough starter is ready this morning. My kitchen smells like a brewery! I will be making some sour dough grandmother bread and I also want to try your starter in a roll recipe I have been using for awhile now.

    I am so happy for your sam-e win in the first round. I look forward to seeing your video and voting for you starting Nov. 17th! Go Suzanne! (Oh and when I talk about voting for Suzanne, my boys think it’s super cool because in their mind you are Suzanne from Monsters vs. Aliens and they love you!)

  7. Rituparna says:

    Hello !

    Congratulations on your win !
    Lovely looking bread. I do have to make this one.

  8. Sharon Gosney says:

    Congrats on the first round. I’ll be cheering for you in the second round…theres no doubt in my mind you’ll make a great video. Best of Luck to you.

  9. Sarah says:

    CANNOT wait to try this!!! I love the bubble ring, it would look so pretty sitting on a table for Thanksgiving! :hungry:

  10. Nancy in Iowa says:

    Hey, I think even I can make these!!! I’m ready to go out and buy a bundt pan just so I can try them – taking food to daughter and SIL for Thanksgiving since my grandson is due to pop out a few days after TG, and although SIL will cook whatever meat we have, I’m bringing the rest! We all know a new mommy about to give birth is not going to be allowed to do anything!!!

  11. Darlene says:

    Congratulations! We’re all overjoyed for you! You’re my first blog of the morning and when you start writing for SamE that will be my second visit of every morning.

    Hope we get to see your video. I know it will be outstanding!

    Thanks Suzanne for another day of sunshine!

  12. trish robichaud says:

    congrats on the first round win.the bread looks good, i like the rolls in the pan. bet that would go good with some chicken corn chowder! could you update the farmers almanac for nov. i know you have been very busy. i think its going to be a very cold winter.reason being, the squirels tails are the fullest i have ever seen.they dont have alot of hair here in florida because of the heat. so that jumped out at me. what kind of signs do you look for in nature? have a great weekend everyone :duck:

  13. Aedrielle says:

    That looks delicious!!

    Suzanne – I made Grandmother Bread for the first time yesterday and it came out PERFECT! I will never buy store bought bread again!! We made grilled cheese and fried egg sandwiches… oh so yummy.
    Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful recipe!

  14. Phyllis Ryan says:

    I sm going to the neighbors for an early Thanksgiving, so I printed out the recipe for the Cornmeal Rolls and willk bring them along.

  15. Joy Bayus says:

    I’ve been votin’ and prayin’ that you would rise to the top and we did it! You are right, we want it for you just as much as you do. Good luck on your next round. I know you can do it!!

    Made the cheesecake cookies last night. Yum and more yum. My oven must be hot because after 5 minutes the cookies started to burn a little on the bottom. We whipped them out and they’re almost gone. I love trying your recipes. You inspire me to cook and bake.

    Love ya Suzanne. You are living my dreams!
    And I’m in love with your goats. My Clover calendar is going right on the kitchen wall!

  16. Estella says:

    Sounds delicious!

  17. Phyllis Ryan says:

    Took the Cornmeal Yeast Rolls to the celebration next door. A couple of people asked for the recipe, so I told them how to find you on the web. Hope you will have a few new readers.
    Love your posts, and will be in line to vote for you again.

  18. Kim W says:

    WOW! ‘Nuff said. :snoopy: :hungry:

  19. MaryLundShu says:

    Hi Suzanne, T
    These rolls look great! If you were to freeze them at what step would you freeze them? Thinking ahead for TG:)

    Mary Lund

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