Icebox Rolls

Yield: Makes 3 to 4 dozen
Recipe from Southern Living

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 (1/4-ounce) envelope active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups bread flour
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup butter, melted

Preparation

  1. Pour 1 cup boiling water over shortening in a large bowl, stirring to melt shortening. Let stand 30 minutes or until completely cooled.

    Stir together yeast, 1/2 cup warm water, and 1 teaspoon sugar in a glass measuring cup; let stand 5 minutes. Beat eggs at medium speed using a heavy-duty stand mixer; add 1/2 cup sugar and salt. Add shortening mixture and yeast mixture. Reduce speed to low, and gradually add 5 cups flour, beating until blended.

    Cover and chill dough 12 hours or up to 5 days.

    Turn dough out on a lightly floured surface, and roll to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with a lightly floured 2 1/2-inch round cutter. Make a crease across the middle of each dough round with a knife, and fold in half; gently press edges to seal. Place rolls on lightly greased baking sheets.

    Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in bulk. Brush rolls evenly with melted butter.

    Bake at 400° for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Brush again with melted butter, if desired.
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