I just need a moment to describe these rolls I'm about to share with you. They are the easiest daggone things to make and they taste amazing. If you are scared of yeast, if you've never tried to make rolls or maybe you had a disastrous experience in the past, then you need to try to make these. This recipe comes from Christy from Southern Plate. I've tried to conquer my fear of yeast. I have had my fair share of disasters, let me tell ya. I'm getting a little more comfortable with it as I go. Recipes like this make me feel like I really can work with yeast and get an amazing result. So let's just get to it!
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 packets fast acting yeast
5 cups all purpose flour
1 stick butter or margarine, melted (plus more for brushing baked rolls with)
1 1/2 cups very warm water
Place sugar, salt, 2 cups of flour, and yeast in a large mixing bowl. Cut in shortening with a long tined fork or pastry cutter. Add eggs, beating lightly with fork before stirring them in. Add remaining flour, melted butter, and water. Stir together well. Mixture will look like a big old lumpy blob. And when Christy says big ole lumpy blob, she means it. Cover with a dish towel and let sit in a warm place for twenty minutes. To help with rising, I will heat my oven to 175F deegrees. Once it reaches that temperature, I turn it off and then put the covered bowl (oven proof, of course) into the oven to let it rise.
After twenty minutes, turn out onto a floured surface. Sprinkle flour over the top and knead three or four times. Pat out into a square that is about 3/4 inch thick. Cut into squares with a pizza cutter. Place in greased 9×13 pan and cover with towel. Let rise another twenty minutes. Once again, like the first rising, I pop it back in the oven to rise.Take the pan out of the oven after it has risen and then preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Bake at 350F for about 25 minutes, or until tops are golden. Brush hot rolls with additional melted butter.
Just look at the inside of these rolls! So soft and fluffy. And they are so good warm, right out of the oven! My favorite way to eat them - with some strawberry preserves and buttah.Enjoy!