Sue's Favorite Potato Rolls

Sue Gray, a long-time King Arthur Flour employee-owner and creator of so many of our wonderful mixes and gluten-free products, says these rolls are a Thanksgiving must-have in her house. "Butter in the dough plus extra butter brushed on once they're baked really takes these over the top," says Sue.

Prep
20 mins
Bake
20 to 25 mins
Total
2 hrs 40 mins
Yield
16 rolls
Sue's Favorite Potato Rolls

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the egg and potato water. Place into a bowl, or the bucket of a bread machine, if you have one. "That's my favorite method of kneading yeast dough," says Sue. Add the soft butter.

  2. Whisk together the remaining dry ingredients, stirring everything together as best you can. If you're using a bread machine, just add the ingredients to the bucket.

  3. Mix and knead everything together — by hand, mixer or bread machine set on the dough cycle — until you've made a smooth dough. If you're kneading in a stand mixer, it should take 5 to 7 minutes at second speed, and the dough should barely clean the sides of the bowl, perhaps sticking a bit at the bottom. In a bread machine (or by hand), the dough should form a smooth ball.

  4. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl. Cover the bowl, and allow the dough to rise, at room temperature, until it's nearly doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. Rising may take longer, especially if you've kneaded by hand. Give it enough time to become quite puffy.

  5. While the dough is rising, lightly grease two 9" round cake pans, or a 9" x 13" pan.

  6. Gently deflate the dough, and transfer it to a lightly greased work surface. Divide it into 16 pieces.

  7. Shape each piece into a rough ball by pulling the dough into a very small knot at the bottom, then rolling it under the palm of your hand into a smooth ball.

  8. Place eight rolls in each of the round cake pans (or all 16 rolls in the 9" x 13" pan), spacing them evenly; they won't touch one another.

  9. Cover the pan(s) with lightly greased plastic wrap, and allow the rolls to rise till they're very puffy, and have reached out and touched one another, about 1 hour. While the rolls are rising, preheat the oven to 350°F.

  10. Bake the rolls until they're a deep golden brown on top, and lighter on the sides, 20 to 25 minutes.

  11. Remove the rolls from the oven, and after 2 or 3 minutes, carefully transfer them to a rack. They'll be hot and delicate, so be careful. Brush with melted butter, if desired. Serve warm, or at room temperature.

Tips from our Bakers

  • When boiling potatoes for mashed potatoes or potato salad, save the water in which they're boiled; it's full of starch, and makes marvelously moist sandwich bread or dinner rolls. Keep it in the fridge for 3-4 days; for longer storage, freeze in 1-cup portions.