Monday, November 19, 2012

In Preparation: Warm Wonderful Rolls

   When family gathers for any holiday season there is always plenty of great food on the menu. One of the most requested items from my kitchen are Amish Potato Rolls. This soft dough is slightly sweet and as soft as a pillow- yummy goodness (especially right from the oven)!


(yield approximately 3 doz small rolls)
1 cup sugar
1 cup mashed potato
1/2 cup shortening
3 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup warm water
2 pkg yeast
5 cups flour

Mix together well the sugar, potatoes, shortening, eggs and salt. 
Dissolve the yeast in the warm water then add to the sugar/potato mixture.
Stir in 3 to 4 cups of the four. Add remaining flour while kneading. Knead until the dough is no longer sticky but moist. 
Cover. Let rise until double (approximately 1 hour).
Roll dough to 1" thickness. Cut into buns shapes with a jar or biscuit cutter. Place on lightly greased baking sheet about 2" apart. Let thiem rise until puffy but not doubled (approximately 30 minutes).
Brush with milk. Bake in 325 degree oven until lightly golden brown, approximately 12 minutes.
Cool on a wire rack. They store well in an airtight container and freeze beautifully.
For a variation: replace potato with sweet potato or pumpkin, white sugar with brown, and use half white/half wheat flour. Delicious results every time.

Pictured is my mother's favorite dinner roll shape; the clover roll. She did not use the same recipe I do, however, her honey wheat bread was always formed in clovers for holiday dinners. To make a clover, lightly grease muffin tins. Pinch a piece of dough the size of a walnut and gently shape a ball. Place three balls per cup (touching). Proceed with baking directions. She also brushed her rolls with melted butter after baking (as I did here). 
  The rolls are always wrapped in my favorite kitchen towel and tucked in a homey wicker basket before we head off for a day of visiting. Served with butter, honey butter, or any favored spread..pillowy soft potato rolls will definitely make the dinner table this week!


Michelle said...

I am going to try these this year. I'll let you know how I do.

Dicky Bird said...

They look yummy!

Jen said...

Sounds delicious, I can't wait to try them. My family loves good rolls.

Simply Scaife Family said...

I hope to hear how you like them..they are a big time favorite around here!

Jen said...

Yummy! I made these today with the help of my boys (12 and 14) who are off this week on Thanksgiving Break and they were a hit! Thanks for the recipe. Just finished eating supper and my husband really liked them as well.

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