I am constantly impressed by how mid-century recipes continue to surprise me with the ways they find to use commercially pre-packaged foods.


Like pudding in sweet roll dough. Pudding.

Sweet Yeast Dough
  • 1 4 oz. package of vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 packages yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 7 cups flour
  1. Prepare pudding as directed on package using 2 cups of milk.
  2. Stir in melted butter and cool. Dissolve yeast in warm water and stir in pudding.
  3. Beat in eggs and salt. Add flour.
  4. Turn onto floured surface and knead, place in greased bowl and let rise until light.
  5. Make into kolaches or sweet rolls. Can also be used for Bierocks.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees.



This is not, unfortunately, a particularly exciting recipe to demonstrate through pictures.


Look, pudding!


Look, dissolved yeast!


Uh, yeah.

The biggest unanswered question of the recipe was what to do with this dough — I could hardly just give Buzz unbaked blobs. It suggests either kolach (sweet) or bierock (savory). Given the well-deserved sympathy Buzz got for having to deal with Dog Food Spread Corned Beef Spread last weekend, we went with sweet — kolaches are basically sweet buns with a filling of some sort. I tried some Nutella, apricot jam, and plain brown sugar.


“Oooh, these look interesting. What’s in these?” After years of doing this, you learn to ask about the recipe…

“This is why you needed to go buy vanilla pudding.”



“These are really good. Doesn’t taste much like pudding, just sweet buns.”

Verdict: Good dough!

From his tasting notes:

Baked buns were fairly moist on the inside. Less sweet than expected from the name, just got hints of pudding.