I found this recipe in the Mennonite Treasury a few years ago and was pleased with the results. It’s a basic bun recipe that calls for mashed potatoes. The rolls are extremely fluffy and soft, (no crusts here) making them a nice dinner roll - to sop up the gravy.
- 1 large or 2 medium potatoes cooked, plus water
- 3/4 c milk, scalded
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup shortening (I used part butter)
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 5 eggs, beaten
- 8 cups flour, divided
- 2 tablespoons instant yeast
- Cook potatoes until soft. Mash along with about 1 cup of the water, so that you have 2 cups of mashed potatoes. Set aside.
- Scald milk, add sugar, shortening/butter and salt.
- In the meantime beat eggs in large mixer. When the shortening/butter has melted, make sure it is not piping hot and add the liquids slowly to the beaten eggs.
- Add mashed potatoes, 3 cups flour and then the yeast, mixing well.
- Add another 4 - 5 cups flour, or enough to make a soft, smooth dough. (If you don’t have a hook attachment on you large mixer, you will need to knead it by hand until satiny smooth.)
- Transfer dough to large bowl, cover with a clean tea towel and plastic. Let rise 1 hour.
- Shape into rolls, placing close together, but not touching, on greased pans.
- Cover the same way as before and rise again 1 hour.
- Bake at 375° F for about 20 min.
- Remove from pans and cool on wire racks. Yield: 3 dozen
*Tip: I don't know where the right place is to mention this, but I have noticed that flour is not the same in every country. It's something to do with the way its processed. This can especially affect yeast doughs. If you live in the US you may try adding 1 or 2 tablespoons vital wheat gluten to the flour to prevent them from going flat.