Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine Shares Her Favorite Homemade Roll Recipe

Fran shared her favorite yeast roll recipe in her guest column for the Xenia Gazette

click to enlarge Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine Shares Her Favorite Homemade Roll Recipe
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During a COVID press briefing, Gov. Mike DeWine said he and his wife, Ohio First Lady Fran, would be celebrating Thanksgiving differently this year, and urged everyone to do the same. He said Fran would still be cooking for the holiday, but instead of having friends and family over, they'd be preparing and delivering food to them. 

One thing definitely in the DeWines' Thanksgiving packages: Fran's Favorite Rolls. 

Fran shared her homemade roll recipe in her guest column with the Xenia Gazette.

In the Gazetta, Fran writes: "I’m preparing my baskets now. Some of our children that live close by will pick up their dinner and take it to their homes to eat. We will make deliveries to mother and others. I hear that they will be making some things to share with us as well, so it will be fun. Our families that don’t live close enough will be having their own dinners in their homes."

Here's her roll recipe.


  • 2 packages yeast
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1 ½ cup scalded milk
  • ½ cup butter or canola oil
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6-7 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 stick soft butter for spreading

Instructions: Dissolve yeast in warm water (105 degrees, not much hotter than your body temperature). Combine milk, butter or oil, honey, eggs and salt in large bowl. Add yeast mixture. Mix in flour, a little at first, until easy to handle.

Turn dough onto lightly floured surface and knead for 3 to 4 minutes. Place in greased bowl and turn greased side up. Cover and let rise until double, about 1 ½ to 2 hours. Punch down dough and divide into 4 balls.

To make crescent rolls: Roll each ball into 12 inch circle, about ¼ inch thick. Spread with soft butter. Cut into 12 wedges. Roll up, beginning with wide edge. Place rolls on greased baking sheet. (At this point you can cover rolls and put in the freezer if you want to bake them later.)

Let rolls rise about 30 minutes (or 3 hours if frozen). Heat oven to 350 degrees and bake 15 to 20 minutes. Brush with butter and serve.

Gov. DeWine also shared their plans — and the column — on his Facebook page.

Sharing Fran DeWine’s column on our different Thanksgiving this year.

Posted by Mike DeWine on Sunday, November 22, 2020
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