Makes 3 dozen rolls. Doubles easily.
2 pkgs yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1 tsp sugar
2 c warm water
1/2 cup melted lard, butter or shortening
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
6 c plain, all-purpose flour
Melt the yeast in 1/2 cup warm water and 1 teaspoon sugar.
Mix all ingredients; add yeast and sifted flour until dough handles well. Knead dough until elastic ( Aunt Eura beat the dough 100 times with a rolling pin).
Put into a well greased bowl and allow to rise until doubled.
Punch down the risen dough and make into rolls.
You can make these rolls ahead of time and freeze them at this point.
If you choose to go ahead and bake them, allow the rolls to rise again until double.
Bake at 400 degrees F until golden brown, About 18 minutes or so.
Make Ahead Rolls
With Christmas coming up it would be very handy to have the dough already made where all you have to do is take the rolls out of the freezer and let them rise.
First, you make up your yeast roll dough using the recipe you like. Then you allow the dough to rise one time in the pan.
Next, make the rolls, about 1-1/2 inches in diameter.
Place the rolls on a cookie sheet and put them in the freezer. Freeze until hard.
Take all the frozen rolls off the cookie sheet and put them in a zipper lock bag. That way you can take out how ever many you need. Put them back in the freezer until time to use them.
To use: Place rolls on a baking stone or in a greased baking sheet about 1/2 inch a part.
Cover the rolls with a clean cloth and set the pan where it is out of the way of drafts.
Allow the rolls to rise for 6-8 hours. Just before they are ready to bake, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Too short of a rising time will cause the rolls to be dense, so allow plenty of time to rise. If you want them to rise faster, heat the oven to 200 degrees F.
Once heated, turn the oven off. Place the rolls on the baking sheet in the oven and place a pan of boiling water on a lower rack in the oven.
Allow the rolls to rise. It will take about 2 hours with this method.
After the rolls are risen, bake as directed in the recipe.