I made these rolls for a ThanksaChristmas dinner that we went to with friends in 2010. They were a big hit. This recipe is not my own, it’s from my friend Sheila (I have the directions written out the way I did them, Sheila’s way might be a tad different).
1 C smooth mashed potatoes
1 C warm water (between 100-110F)
2 pkg or 1 1/2 T yeast
1 t sugar
1/2 C melted butter
1/2 C honey
2 t salt
6-7 C flour
1-2 eggs whites, for egg wash (opt.)
Combine yeast, sugar and water. Let it sit for about 5 minutes (or until it gets nice and foamy).
Combine honey, eggs and potatoes; whisk together. Add yeast mixture; whisk. Add 6 cups flour and salt, then butter [I did it in this order so the butter wouldn’t cook the eggs – you could also add the butter first, then temper the eggs (add a little of the warm butter mixture at a time to the eggs, in a separate bowl, and whisk in, to slowly bring it up in temperature, then once it’s warm, add it to the rest of the butter mixture)].
I’m more of a mix by hand baker (I don’t own a stand mixer). If you want to use your mixer, use the dough hook and mix it. If not, mix with a wooden spoon, then knead by hand for about 5 minutes, adding the 7th C of flour as you need it.
Place in an oiled bowl (I use the same one I mixed it in) turning to coat the whole mound of dough; let it rise in a warm place until it’s doubled in size, about an hour or so. Punch down.
Shape into rolls (grab a big hunk of dough, squeeze about a 1 1/2 ” round portion through your pressed thumb and index finger, and pinch it off as you press those two digits together… this is kinda hard to explain, hope it makes sense – works best with oiled hands – use some canola, or mild flavored oil) and place into 2 greased 9×13″ pans leaving about 1″ between each roll (they’re still going to rise).
Let them rise or just bake ’em right away. Do it however works for you with the time you have. If you let them rise, I’d cover them with a clean tea towel.
When you’re ready to bake them, heat oven to 400F; while it’s pre-heating, brush on the egg wash, lightly, covering the tops of the rolls (this will make them nice and shiny). Bake for 20-25 minutes (they will be nice and golden on top, and fluffy on the inside).