Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Yeast Rolls

This recipe is one of the easiest which involves yeast.  It is adapted from the Mary Mac's Rolls recipe in Being Dead Is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral.


1 cup boiling water
3/4 cup shortening
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs beaten
2 packages active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
6 cups flour

  • Pour the boiling water over the shortening in a large bowl.  Add the salt and the sugar then let the mixture cool.  
  • Add the eggs.
  • Meanwhile, place the yeast in a separate bowl with the warm water for five minutes.
  • Stir the yeast mixture into the shortening and egg mixture.
  • Mix in the flour, one cup at a time.  Place dough in a greased bowl then place in the refrigerator for at least two hours.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap.
  • Roll the dough out on a floured board.  Cut the rolls out with a donut cutter or a drinking glass.  Brush with melted butter and then fold them over.
  • Place in a buttered pan and brush with more butter.  For an 8-inch square pan, you should be able to fit 15 to 18 rolls.
  • Let rolls rise 1 1/2 hours in a warm place.
  • Bake at 375 degrees or until brown on top, about 12 minutes.