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Salées Sucrées (Salty-Sweet Buns) recipe, by request

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I was asked to share this heirloom family recipe in another thread. Salées sucrées are yeast rolls topped with salt and sugar and butter, and are really great when warm.

When my grandfather was in grammar school, his family lived above a bakery in Rolle, a town on Lake Geneva. Before they moved back to Canada in 1910, my great-grandmother got recipes from the bakery's owner for a couple of their specialties, including this one. We don't know if the bakery had the same name a hundred years ago, but it is still in business and now called Boulangerie-Pâtisserie du Château (after Rolle's historic castle, which then housed the school my grandfather attended), and it still sells a version of salées sucrées.

This recipe is taken from what my grandfather typed up for my mother. The instructions are fairly minimal, but I think they'd be fine for someone familiar with baking yeast breads.

SALÉES SUCRÉES

1 envelope yeast
1 tsp. sugar
1/4 cup warm water
1/2 cup scalded and cooled milk (probably should be more)
4 oz. softened or melted and cooled butter
Around 3 cups flour

Beaten egg yolk(s)
Coarse salt
Sugar (coarse sugar is good here)
Butter

Proof the yeast with the sugar and water. Mix in the milk, 4 ounces butter, and flour. Let rise until doubled, then roll out 1/4" thick and cut into rounds. Let rise again. Brush with egg yolk, sprinkle generously with salt and sugar, dot with lots of butter. Bake at 350ºF until nicely browned.

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  1. These sound very good, thanks!

    1. Thank you for posting this recipe, Caitlin! I am facinated by old recipes and have my grandmother's cookbook which was published in early 1900s or even before. It is a Russian book and the reason I am sure that it is that old is it uses the old Russian with letters that are not used any more, at least after 1917. It was rebound at soem point and there is no index that makes it very-very hard to use. I would love to index it and use and pass onto my children. The book is organized into several sections and starts with menus for many dinners (30?), followed by chapters on desserts, preserves, etc.

      I am sure others have old cookbooks and wonder if at some point we could start a thread exchanging the favourite old recipes.

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      1. re: herby

        That would be lovely and very nice for the holidays.

      2. Oh wow, these sound delicious. Question -- do you put them on a baking sheet with space between them, or do you nestle them together in a baking pan so that they have to be pulled apart?

        Thank you for posting this!

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        1. re: TorontoJo

          They go on a baking sheet with space between, so they're separate.