Simple Homemade Rolls
1 pkg. dry yeast
1 C. lukewarm water
In a large bowl, mix until yeast is dissolved, set aside.
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 t. salt
1/3 C. sugar
1/3 C. shortening, melted a bit in microwave to soften
Mix these last 4 ingredients and add to yeast. Stir well.
Add 2 C. flour. Cover and let rise to double (about an hour).
Add another 1 1/2 C. flour and stir. It will be sticky. Chill and shape into rolls – I roll the dough out on a floured surface and cut with a biscuit cutter into 12 rolls. Place in a 9 x 13 greased pan. Use shortening to grease the pan, as butter or margarine will soak into the rolls. Let rise to double again, another hour or so. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until brown. Brush with melted butter and serve.
To make Cinnamon Rolls, roll the dough out into a rectangle, brush with 1/2 C. softened butter, sprinkle on 2 T. cinnamon, and sprinkle with 3/4 C. brown sugar. Add 2/3 C. raisins if you like. Roll up like a long jelly roll and slice into 12 rolls and let rise to double, another hour or so and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees, or until brown to your liking.
For gooey Cinnamon Rolls, top each roll with a dollop of the following mixture before baking at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes:
1 stick butter, softened
3/4 C. white sugar
3/4 C. brown sugar
3/4 C. vanilla ice cream, softened.