I got this recipe from my friend Ellen while she was living in the Czech Republic. She got it from someone there whose grandma was ‘Grandma Dorothy.’ I think the name of this recipe alone makes it worth saving.
You amuse me and precious little amuses me in this world at my age.–Aunt Josephine, Anne of Green Gables
Combine and let sit in the bowl about 5 minutes, until foamy:
- 2 cups hot water
- 2 T. yeast
- ¾ c. sugar
- ¼ c. shortening (Crisco)
- 1 egg
- 1 T. salt
- 6-7 cups flour
Add shortening to yeast mixture, then egg and salt. Add flour—start with 3 cups and mix well. Then add 2 more cups and mix well. Add the rest of the flour in ½ cup at a time until the dough is no longer sticky. Shape into a large ball and place back into a bowl that has been greased. Smooth a small amount of shortening over the top of the dough, cover the bowl with a towel and let rise at least 2 hours. Melt ¼ cup shortening in a 9X13 baking pan in a hot oven. Shape the dough into rolls. Dip each top of the roll into the melted shortening and place in pan. Let rise again, about 45 minutes. Bake at 400 for 20 minutes. Brush tops with butter when you remove them from the oven.