In honor of the release of our newest cookbook, 12 Days of Christmas with Six Sisters’ Stuff, we hosted a recipe contest to find YOUR favorite holiday recipes! After a lot of baking, cooking and sampling we have chosen 12 of our reader’s favorite recipes! Thanks to everyone who participated!
Today we are featuring Grandma McNamara’s Potato Rolls submitted by Donna Bailey!
These rolls go back to the Irish heritage in her family. Her great grandmother was known for her baking and always had honey (in the comb!) on her table, which meant fresh rolls with butter and honey were a staple during the holidays! Donna’s family carries on this tradition by always serving these potato rolls at Thanksgiving and Christmas. These rolls taste absolutely amazing and are so light and fluffy! You are going to love them!
1 large russet potato (big enough to make 1/2 cup mashed potato), peeled and chopped
1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk, warmed
1 1/8 teaspoon instant yeast
1/4 cup reserved potato water, luke warm with 1 teaspoon sugar added to it
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cup bread flour
Boil potato until tender. Drain cooking water, reserving 1/4 cup for use in the rolls. Finely mash the potato and measure out 1/2 cup. Let cool to room temperature.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together mashed potato, butter, sugar, honey salt and egg with paddle attachment. Mix together on medium speed for about 2 minutes.
Combine yeast, warm milk and potato water and pour into mixer bowl. Mix on low speed until incorporated.
Gradually add flours, about a 1/2 cup at a time, until a soft dough forms. Switch to the dough hook attachment and knead on low speed for 5 minutes, adding more flour if necessary to achieve a soft dough that is slightly tacky but not sticky.
Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, turning once to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 60-90 minutes.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and punch it down. Separate into 16 equal pieces and shape into rolls.
Place rolls on prepared baking sheet, about 1 1/2 inches apart. Sprinkle the rolls with a dusting of flour. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let the dough rise again until the rolls have grown into each other, about 30-45 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Bake rolls for 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm.