* rolls right out of the oven
* dough after the first rising
* dough after the second rising
1/2 C warm water
1 package dry yeast
2 tsp sugar
2/3 C butter, melted
1/2 C warm milk
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 C warm mashed potatoes
4 1/2 C flour (more or less may be needed)
1. In the bowl of a stand mixer add water. Sprinkle sugar and yeast over water and let sit for about 5 minutes, or until yeast gets foamy.
2. Using the paddle attachment stir in butter, milk and salt. Add the mashed potatoes, eggs and 3 1/2 cups of flour. Mix until combined.
3. Switch to the dough hook attachment and add in the rest of the flour in 1/4 cup increments. Stop adding flour when the dough is soft and slightly sticky still.
4. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Place the bowl somewhere warm (I put mine on top of my stove) for about 2 hours or until it has risen to double in size.
5. Punch down the dough and shape into equal sized balls. Place balls in a glass baking dish about one inch apart. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise again for about 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size (they will be stuck together at this point).
6. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes depending on the size of your rolls. I made 12 and it took 18 minutes.
* Steps 1-3 can be done by hand as well.