Homemade Hot Rolls

Recipe by H. Cato
READY IN: 40mins


  • 2
    (1/4 ounce) packages dry yeast
  • 2
    cups water
  • 4
    tablespoons sugar
  • 4 12
    cups well sifted flour (sift an additional 2 cups or so to knead with when ready to place in pan)
  • 2
    teaspoons salt
  • 4
    tablespoons soft shortening


  • Dissolve yeast in warm water.
  • Stir sugar, salt, and half of the flour into the yeast mixture.
  • Beat in the eggs and shortening.
  • Add the remaining flour and beat until smooth.
  • Scrape down the sides of bowl, and cover with a cloth, and let rise in a warm place, until doubled in bulk (approx. 30 minutes).
  • Stir down the dough.
  • Add more sifted flour until it can be worked with hands (just add gradually until it feels right).
  • Knead a few times, not a lot; just get it worked in and ready to pinch off into rolls.
  • Pinch the rolls off (medium sized), and place in a greased pan.
  • It may take two pans; one small, and one larger, for all the dough.
  • You can also make loaves of bread out of it.
  • Allow it to rise again, until doubled in bulk.
  • Bake at 375-400 for 15-20 minutes .
  • When done, brush with butter (while hot).
  • Note: You can also use this recipe to make bread loaves (it should make 2 loaves in traditional bread pans), or cinnamon rolls.
  • For the cinnamon rolls, roll the dough out, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, and roll up like a jelly roll.
  • Slice off, place in a baking pan, and bake at the same temperature as the rolls, until done.
  • Coat with frosting made with powdered sugar, milk, and a dash of vanilla.