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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Yeast rolls

  • 2 1/4-oz envelopes Active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup Lukewarm water (110 to 115 degrees F)
  • 1/2 cup Butter or oleo softened
  • 1/3 cup Sugar divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Instant potato flakes
  • 1 cup Hot water
  • 4 1/2 cups All-purpose flour
  • Butter or oleo melted (for brushing rolls)

  • In a small bowl, sprinkle yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar in the 1/2 cup lukewarm water and stir to dissolove. 
  • Let stand until foamy, about 5 to 10 minutes. 
  • In a large bowl, mix butter, remaining sugar, salt, potato flakes, and hot water together until combined. 
  • Let cool to lukewarm. 
  • Add yeast mixture and 1 cup of flour to the potato mixture. 
  • Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Scrape bowl occasionally. 
  • Gradually add the rest of the flour, one cup at a time, beating to make a soft dough. 
  • Place dough in a large greased bowl -- turn to grease the top. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a draft-free warm place until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface and knead 6 or 8 turns to remove air. 
  • Let rise about 10 minutes. 
  • Lightly grease or line a large baking pan (or 2 smaller pans) with parchment paper. 
  • Divide dough into 24 equal pieces. 
  • Cup your hand over 1 piece, and using your thumb and pinkie to keep ball inside your cupped hand, push dough with heel of your hand against work surface while rolling in a circular motion to form a smooth ball. 
  • Repeat with remaining dough pieces, setting balls about 1-inch apart on prepared baking pan(s). 
  • Brush tops carefully with melted butter. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a draft-free warm place until doubled in bulk, about 45 to 60 minutes (rolls should be touching at this point).
  • Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake rolls until golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. Watch carefully -- do not overbake. As soon as rolls come out of oven, brush tops again with melted butter.


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