I have been wanting to make potato rolls for forever, but I never think about it when making mashed potatoes. But this time, I planned ahead and reserved 1/2 cup plain mashed potatoes and 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid. These rolls had great flavor and texture. I wanted to use them for burger buns, so I made 9 out of the recipe. I put them in a 9×13 pan, but next time I will just use a baking sheet. There wasn’t enough room for the buns to grow out, so they were a little too tall and not wide enough for burgers. They rise beautifully in the oven and I love the way they look. I didn’t take into consideration that my rolls were a lot bigger than the recipe’s, so mine took a lot longer to bake. They were light and tender and tasted great. If I make buns again, I will lower the oven temp to 375 and bake for 15-20 minutes, or maybe more.
I just found a good tutorial that I will definitely look at next time. It is at http://cooklikeyourgrandmother.com/2009/04/how-to-make-potato-buns
Potato Rolls (Boastful Baker, Annie’s Eats)
Yield: 16 rolls
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the mashed potato, butter, sugar, honey, salt and egg. Mix together on medium speed for about 2 minutes. Combine the yeast with the warm milk and reserved potato water, and pour into the mixer bowl. Mix on low speed until incorporated. Gradually add the flour, about 1/2 cup at a time, until a soft dough forms. Switch to the dough hook attachment on knead on low speed for 5 minutes, adding more flour if necessary to achieve a soft dough that is slightly tacky but not sticky. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, turning once to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 60-90 minutes.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Turn the down out onto a lightly floured surface and punch it down. Separate into 16 equal pieces and shape into rolls. Place the rolls on the prepared baking sheet, about 1 1/2 inches apart. Sprinkle the rolls with a dusting of flour. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let the dough rise again until the rolls have grown into each other, about 30-45 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Bake in the preheated oven for about 12 minutes, until golden. Serve warm.