Serves a Crowd

Mrs. Eaton’s Potato Rolls

December 14, 2010
3 Ratings
  • Makes 3 dozen
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

What You'll Need
  • 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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14 Reviews

SK January 3, 2017
These are very nice! Tender, tasty! Thank you! What do your knobs look like? Do you think it could also be made into a loaf?
SK January 3, 2017
These sound great - nice and simple! Approximately how long for the dough to double in bulk? Thanks!
thirschfeld December 15, 2010
that might just be my favorite, among many favorites, of your always beautiful illustrations
fineartdaily December 15, 2010
You are too kind!
Sagegreen December 15, 2010
Love your illustration here!
fineartdaily December 15, 2010
Thanks! The simple roll and the gleaming china work well together.
AntoniaJames December 15, 2010
I love that plate. Your artwork is amazing. The colors are always so appealing. The recipe looks pretty darn good, too. ;o)
fineartdaily December 15, 2010
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!
felfoodie December 14, 2010
Nothing like hot rolls out of the oven on a cold day!
fineartdaily December 15, 2010
They smell like coming home!
hardlikearmour December 14, 2010
Love your artwork!
fineartdaily December 14, 2010
Thanks! I just love working with Nancy, and all her good food ideas!
TiggyBee December 14, 2010
Love this!
fineartdaily December 14, 2010
Thanks! Easy, hearty and satisfying! I'm going to bake some before our holiday cocktail party next week!