Diane’s Rolls

This recipe comes from my sister-in-law Mary who got it from her sister (my other sister-in-law) Laurie who got it from her sister-in-law Diane, hence the name of this recipe (maybe we should call them sister-in-law rolls!).  This is my first time making rolls from scratch (the yeast always scares me) but these were actually pretty easy.  Mary was here for Thanksgiving a year or two ago and made them while I watched so I was a little more comfortable making them and I called her for recipe clarification today as well.  But, I did make them today in case they didn’t turn out so I could send Bob to the store to buy some rolls for tomorrow but they came out great!

3 tablespoons yeast (or 4 envelopes)

3 cups warm water

1/2 cup butter, melted

1/2 cup sugar

3 teaspoons salt

8 cups flour, divided

I used my Kitchen Aid with the dough hook so add yeast and warm water to mixing bowl and start mixing on low.  Keep mixing and add butter then sugar then salt.  Continue to mix, start adding flour, 4 cups first, 1 at a time, switching speed on mixer between fast and slow and then when the first 4 cups of flour are almost incorporated, start adding the last 4 cups of flour, still switching speed between fast and slow.  Mix until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and forms a mass in the center of the mixer bowl.  Spray a large plastic bowl with Pam and dump dough into bowl.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap sprayed with Pam and let sit until double in size.  Spray muffin pan or 9 x 13″ pan with Pam (I ended up using both muffin pans and 9 x 13″ pans).  Pull a piece of dough about the size of an egg or slightly smaller from bowl of dough and form into a smooth, round ball.  Place in pan.  When pan is full, cover with plastic wrap sprayed with Pam and let sit to rise until almost double in size.  Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes.  Brush melted butter on tops of rolls after taking out of oven if desired.

Make about 4 1/2 dozen.

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