Buttermilk Potato Rolls

Recipe by Aroostook
READY IN: 6hrs 25mins
YIELD: 36 rolls


  • 12
    cup potato water, reserved from cooking the russet potatoes (75-F.)
  • 1
    teaspoon dry yeast
  • 34
    cup flour
  • 1
    cup potato water, reserved from cooking the russet potato
  • 1
    cup mashed russet potato
  • 1 12
    cups water buttermilk
  • 1
    teaspoon dry yeast
  • 5 - 6 12
    cups flour
  • 2
    teaspoons salt
  • 2
    tablespoons honey
  • 1
    tablespoon melted butter, for bowl and top of raising dough


  • Directions.
  • Peel and cube a large russet potato.
  • Place in a pot with 2 cups of water and cook until soft and tender.
  • Drain, reserving liquid.
  • Starter:
  • The potato water should be only slightly warm or tepid (about 110F).
  • Combine the water and yeast in a small bowl.
  • Let stand I minute, then stir until yeast is dissolved.
  • Add the flour.
  • Stir vigorously for about 100 strokes.
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl then cover with a clean towel or plastic wrap.
  • Place in a warm (75 F) place until mixture is bubbly (2 –3 hours).
  • Place the starter into a large (6-quart+) bowl.
  • Dough:
  • Add the water, potato, buttermilk and yeast to starter.
  • Add 1 cup of flour and stir until it is well combined.
  • Add the salt , honey and only enough of the remaining flour to make a thick dough that is difficult to stir.
  • Turn the sticky dough out on a floured work surface.
  • Dip your hands in flour then knead the dough by pushing it down and forward with the heel of one hand, then pulling back from the top and folding the dough over with the other.
  • Gradually add the remaining flour as you knead for 10-12 minutes.
  • Dough will be strong and slightly sticky and will spring back when poked.
  • Shape dough into a ball.
  • Return dough to the bowl that has been coated with melted butter.
  • Brush top of dough with the rest of the melted butter.
  • Cover with a clean damp towel and place in a warm place until doubled in volume.
  • Deflate the dough, place on lightly floured work surface.
  • Knead briefly.
  • Cut dough into 3 equal pieces.
  • Knead briefly.
  • Shape into 24 dinner rolls and 6 mini loaves. ( or 36 dinner rolls if you like)
  • Place mini loaves on a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet and the dinner rolls into three greased bread pans.
  • Cover with a clean damp towel and put in a warm place (approximately 15-30 mins.) until doubled in volume. ( If you want lighter airier rolls, let them raise an extra 10-15 minutes)
  • Preheat oven to 375 F and place oven racks to center of oven.
  • Place a pan of water under the rack where the loaves will bake.
  • Place rolls/mini breads in the hot oven.
  • Bake for about 25 minutes or until they are a light golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.
  • Brush tops with a bit more melted butter while still hot if you want a softer roll.