Homemade Potato Yeast Rolls

Potato Rolls, Homemade
Diana Rattray
  • 35 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 24 servings

These potato rolls are easy to make and bake in shapes or as simple pull-apart rolls.

We used a stand mixer to mix and knead, but the dough is easily worked by hand as well. The egg wash is made with a whole egg, which makes the tops shiny but still soft. For a firmer crust, use an egg white with the water.

What You'll Need

  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/3 cup ​mashed potatoes (cooled)
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoons milk (6 1/2 ounces, room temperature)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 14 ounces, plus more for kneading
  • For the Egg Wash and Topping
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water

How to Make It

In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter, sugar, salt, potatoes, milk, and 1 large egg. Beat on low speed until blended.  

In another bowl combine the instant yeast with the flour,  baking soda, and baking powder.

Add the dry mixture to the first mixture and mix by hand or with stand mixer and dough hook until the dough comes together.  

Knead by hand or with dough hook for 8 to 10 minutes, sprinkling with more flour as needed to keep the dough from sticking.

Grease a large bowl liberally with softened butter. Gather the dough into a ball and put in the bowl. Roll the dough around and turn it over to coat all sides with butter.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise in a draft-free place until doubled in bulk, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. 

 For pull-apart pan rolls*, butter a 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking pan or line the pan with parchment paper. Use your choice of muffin pans or baking sheets for other shapes.

 Separate the dough into 24 pieces for pan rolls. Shape into smooth taut balls and place in the prepared baking pan. Cover the pan with a lightweight kitchen towel or plastic wrap and place in a warm, draft-free place for about 45 minutes to an hour, or until the rolls have increased by about 60% to 75%. 

Heat the oven to 375 F.

Remove the towel or plastic wrap. If using an egg wash, mix a large egg with 1 tablespoon of water. Lightly brush over the rolls and sprinkle with poppy seeds or sesame seeds. Bake the rolls for 15 to 20 minutes, or until they are golden brown. 

*This yeast dough can also be used to make crescent rolls, cloverleaf rolls, or other shapes.

Makes about 2 dozen rolls.

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