Sunday, March 16, 2008

Potato Rolls

In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, I thought I'd make a batch of potato rolls. I figured we could eat them for dinner, snacks, and take them for lunches during the week. They were fairly easy to make as far as homemade bread goes, but during the second rising time (when they were shaped into roll form) they just...didn't rise. The dough had risen an expected amount during the first 45 minutes, so I don't know what happened. Did all the yeast die? But I put them in the oven anyway, hoping they would expand in the oven.

Nope! So we were left with small (about 2 inches long), super-dense, yeasty-tasting rolls. Very disappointing :( I'm not sure if it was my fault or if the recipe just sucked, but these are not a make-again.

Actual size:

Potato Rolls
Cooking Light Holiday Cookbook
(Originally in CL 11/02)

Adding potato to the dough creates light texture. Bake these rolls up to 1 month ahead. Cool completely, wrap in heavy-duty aluminum foil, and freeze. Thaw completely, and reheat (still wrapped in foil) at 375ยบ for 12 minutes or until warm. Try using the leftover rolls to make miniature sandwiches with turkey and relish.

2 cups cubed peeled baking potato
4 teaspoons sugar, divided
1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
4 1/4 cups bread flour, divided
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 large egg
Cooking spray
2 tablespoons bread flour

Place potato in a medium saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 15 minutes or until tender. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid. Mash potatoes with a fork.

Cool reserved cooking liquid to 105° to 115°. Stir in 1 teaspoon sugar and yeast. Let stand 5 minutes.

Lightly spoon 4 1/4 cups flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine mashed potato, yeast mixture, 1 tablespoon sugar, 4 cups flour, butter, salt, and egg in a large bowl, stirring until well blended.

Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes); add up to 1/4 cup flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel tacky).

Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 45 minutes or until doubled in size. (Press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, the dough has risen enough.) Punch dough down; cover and let rest 10 minutes.

Divide dough in half; divide each half into 12 equal portions. Working with 1 portion at a time (cover remaining dough to keep from drying), shape portion into a 2-inch-long oval on a floured surface. Roll up tightly, starting with a long edge, pressing firmly to eliminate air pockets; pinch seam and ends to seal. Place roll, seam side down, on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.

Repeat procedure with remaining dough portions, placing 12 rolls on each of 2 baking sheets. Sift 2 tablespoons flour over rolls to lightly coat. Cover rolls and let rise 45 minutes or until doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Bake at 350° for 10 minutes with 1 baking sheet on the bottom rack and 1 baking sheet on the second rack from the top. Rotate baking sheets; bake an additional 10 minutes or until rolls are browned on bottom, lightly browned on top, and sound hollow when tapped. Remove from pan; cool on wire racks.

Yield: 2 dozen

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