Monday, October 14, 2013

Best Potato Rolls Ever!

Yesterday was overcast and cool, the perfect weather to make bread. I pin a lot of bread recipes on Pinterest, but when the word Best jumped out at me I couldn't wait to make these rolls. This one lives up to it's name, soft, fluffy rolls just like Mom used to make! I took a chance and halved the recipe... sometimes that works OK. We had them last night and I think I heard Angels singing when I pulled them out of the oven!

makes 30-36 dinner rolls
1 cup mashed potatoes, freshly made reserve potato water
2/3 cup  butter, softened
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup scalded milk 
5 to 6 cups flour 
1 packet dry active yeast
1/2 cup lukewarm reserved potato water with 1 teaspoon sugar

Boil potatoes until tender. Drain water, reserving 1/2 cup for use in rolls. Finely mash potatoes and measure 1 cup for rolls. Cool mashed potatoes until barely warm. Dissolve yeast  and 1 teaspoon sugar in the lukewarm potato water. Set aside for 5 minutes. In bowl of stand mixer with paddle attachment, mix together mashed potatoes, butter, eggs, sugar, honey and salt. Mix together on medium speed for about 2 minutes.
Add yeast mixture to lukewarm milk. Stir. Add the yeast and milk mixture to the potato mixture. Mix on low speed until blended. Gradually add flour (one cup at a time) until a soft dough forms. Remove from bowl and knead on floured surface for 5 minutes adding only enough flour to keep dough from sticking. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and then put dough in a slightly warm place. Cover and let the dough double in size. Punch down dough and shape into rolls. Place rolls about 1 1/2 inches apart on baking sheets that have been sprayed lightly with cooking spray. Sprinkle rolls with a little flour once they are in the pans and let dough rise again. Bake in a preheated oven set at 400 degrees for approximately 12 minutes.

*Since I halved the recipe, I used one 9x13 pan, it made 15 big rolls that may or may not make it till Wednesday...


  1. Looks like Estelle's will be making The Best Potato Rolls today! You're the best Joy!!! Cannot wait for dinner!! Woo-Hoo!!!

    1. It's usually the other way around, me being tempted with your delicious recipes! Hope you enjoy the rolls Betsy..

  2. You had to post these just when I decided not to eat any wheat products for a week. You have made me cry and now must send me some potato rolls to make me feel better! ;o)

    1. Oh no, terrible to have gluten issues if you are a bread lover like me! Hope it wasn't too much of a temptation... I have other recipes in the sidebar that might not make your tummy hurt!

  3. I could tell by just reading the list of ingredients that this would be delicious.

    I love finding new bread/roll recipes. Thanks.

    I think I will try it in loaves....I need to make bread soon.

    1. It's true, if you are a seasoned bread maker you can tell by the ingredients if it's a good recipe! You would definitely know, you could open a bakery! I have found so many good recipes at your blog Glenda!

  4. I love fresh rolls and those look so delicious. I must confess though, I have never made fresh rolls that call for yeast. My Mom baked yeast bread and rolls all the time.

    1. Nonnie, don't let the yeast thing keep you from trying these. Just add the yeast to warm water... think baby bottle warm, and stir it all up. It rises quickly, you punch down and make into rolls. Another hour or so they are puffy and ready to bake! Dangerously good!


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