Mrs. Eaton’s Potato Rolls

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Author Notes: This is Nancy Taylor Robson's recipe. I illustrate her weekly food column for The Chestertown Spy, and she very kindly pauses her busy life to find well-tested recipes for us to submit to Food52 contests. I tend to be a Bisquick kind of baker, but Nancy knows the good foods that are genuinely tasty and satisfying, particularly on a cold winter's night on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.fineartdaily

Makes 3 dozen

  • 1 cup white mashed potatoes - Yellow Finn or Red Bliss are best
  • 1 cup warm water, from potato-boiling, if possible
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 yeast cake or 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 2 well-beaten eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening (unsalted butter is nice)
  • 6 cups flour
  1. Mix together the potatoes, water, sugar and yeast. Set aside, covered for 20 minutes. Add to that mixture the eggs, salt and shortening. Blend in 6 cups of flour and knead well. Let double in bulk in a warm place with a towel overtop the bowl. Then make knobs - the dough will be sticky - and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400°F for 15 minutes. Makes 3 dozen. Divine with smoked salmon, Smithfield ham or for egg salad sandwiches.
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over 4 years ago thirschfeld

that might just be my favorite, among many favorites, of your always beautiful illustrations


over 4 years ago fineartdaily

You are too kind!


over 4 years ago Sagegreen

Love your illustration here!


over 4 years ago fineartdaily

Thanks! The simple roll and the gleaming china work well together.


over 4 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

I love that plate. Your artwork is amazing. The colors are always so appealing. The recipe looks pretty darn good, too. ;o)


over 4 years ago fineartdaily

Well, thank you very much! I love blue and white china and think it is almost always the perfect background for delectable foods. And when I craft my little fantasy world I try to have the loveliest objets around!


over 4 years ago felfoodie

Nothing like hot rolls out of the oven on a cold day!


over 4 years ago fineartdaily

They smell like coming home!


over 4 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Love your artwork!


over 4 years ago fineartdaily

Thanks! I just love working with Nancy, and all her good food ideas!


over 4 years ago TiggyBee

Love this!


over 4 years ago fineartdaily

Thanks! Easy, hearty and satisfying! I'm going to bake some before our holiday cocktail party next week!