1 envelope active dry yeast
1/4 c very water,Warm
1/3 c sugar
1/4 c butter (or margarine)
1 t salt
1 c scalding hot milk
1 egg,lightly beaten
4 1/2 c all-purpose flour,Sifted
2 T butter (or margarine),Melted
-for brushing rolls
Sprinkle the yeast over very warm water in a large bowl (Very warm
water should feel comfortably warm when dropped on wrist.) Stir until yeast
dissolves. Add sugar, the 1/4 cup butter or margarine and salt to hot
milk and stir until the sugar dissolves and butter or margarine is melted.
Cool mixture to 105 to 115 degrees. Add milk mixture to yeast, then beat in
egg. Beat in 4 cups of the flour, 1 cup at a time, to form a soft dough. Use
some of the remaining 1/2 cup of the flour to dust a pastry cloth.
Knead the dough lightly for 5 minutes, working in the remaining flour (use it
for flouring the pastry cloth and your hands). Place dough in a warm
buttered bowl; turn greased side up. Cover and let rise in a warm place until
doubled in bulk, about 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours. Punch dough down and knead
4 to 5 minutes on a lightly floured pastry cloth. Dough will be sticky,
but use as little flour as possible for flouring your hands and the pastry
cloth, otherwise the rolls will not be as feathery light as they should
be. Pinch off small chunks of dough and shape into round rolls about 1-1/2
to 1-3/4 inches in diameter. Place in neat rows, not quite touching, in a
well-buttered 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan. Cover rolls and let rise in a warm
place until doubled in bulk, 30 to 40 minutes. Brush tops of rolls with
melted butter or margarine, then bake in a 375 degree oven for 18 to 20
minutes or until nicely browned. Serve warm with plenty of butter.
This recipe yields about 2 dozen rolls.