Prep 2 hrs
Cook 15 mins
This is a recipe from my mother. We grew up with this recipe which was used for our rolls, cinnamon rolls, and tea-rings at Christmas time. The mashed potatoes are a huge key, so make sure not to leave them out. You can quickly cook some up and mash them, or use instant in a bind.
- 4 cups very warm milk (not hot)
- 1⁄4 cup yeast
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 eggs, well- beaten
- 2 cups mashed potatoes
- 4 cups flour
- 4 teaspoons salt
- 1 cup oil
- 10 cups flour (approximately)
- Mix together the first three ingredients (milk, yeast and sugar). When the yeast becomes active, add the eggs, potatoes and 4 cups of flour. When that mixture is bubbly, add salt, oil and the flour (don't add all of it until you make sure you need it all -- you don't want it too stiff). When too thick to stir, pour onto flourered board and knead. Dough should be soft--almost sticky. Place in greased bowl and cover with a damp cloth. Let rise until double in bulk. Punch down. Let rise again. divid dough into easy to handle portions.
- For dinner rolls: roll into balls and place in greased pan. When raised, bake at 375 degrees until golden brown (about 15 to 18 minutes).
- For cinnamon rolls: roll dough 1/4-inch thick. Spread with melted butter, cinnamon, brown sugar and nuts (if desired). Roll up and slice into 1 1/2 -inch sections and place in greased pan. Let them raise until almost doubled in size. Bake at 375 degrees until golden brown (12 to 15 minutes). Glaze with frosting (milk, butter, powdered sugar, cream cheese and vanilla).
Lovely rolls. Have never used mashed potatoes to make them before, but will probably try them again, maybe make as cinnamon rolls. Thnx for posting, Ellen. Made for Fall 2008 PAC.