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Refrigerator Yeast Rolls

Southern Living DECEMBER 2008

  • Yield: Makes about 7 dozen
  • Prep time: 45 Minutes
  • Stand: 5 Minutes
  • Chill: 8 Hours
  • Rise: 45 Minutes
  • Bake: 10 Minutes


  • 1 (1/4-oz.) envelope active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water (105° to 115°)
  • 6 cups bread flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • Orange Butter


1. Stir together yeast and warm water in a medium bowl; let mixture stand 5 minutes.

2. Stir together flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Cut shortening into flour mixture with a pastry blender until crumbly; stir in yeast mixture and eggs just until blended. (Do not overmix.) Cover and chill 8 hours.

3. Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness on a well-floured surface (dough will be soft); cut with a 1 1/2-inch round cutter, rerolling dough scraps as needed.

4. Brush rounds with melted butter. Make a crease across each round with a knife, and fold rounds in half, gently pressing edges together to seal. Place in a 15- x 10-inch jelly-roll pan and a 9-inch round cake pan. (Edges of dough should touch.) Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 45 minutes or until doubled in bulk.

5. Preheat oven to 400°. Bake rolls 8 to 10 minutes or until golden. Serve with Orange Butter.


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