The story of Saint Anthony’s bread rolls dates back to a very touching event that occurred in Padua, Italy. One day, a woman was baking bread and left her son, Thomas, in the kitchen alone. When she returned back to the kitchen, she found her son drowning in a bucket of water. She cried and screamed hopelessly. She prayed to St. Anthony and promised him that if her son could be saved, then she would donate bread equal to the weight of him to the poor. Her prayers were answered and her son was saved. St. Anthony Rolls are still made to this day and donated to the poor.

Recipe yields one dozen


  • 2 packets active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 1/2 cup 00 flour (or all-purpose), divided
  • 4 large eggs, 3 for the dough and one for brushing

Written Directions: Here


Main Image & Recipe: Rosella Rago – Cooking with Nonna


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