Monday, July 09, 2007

Potato Buns

2 packages yeast
1 cup warm water
1 cup sugar
1 cup mashed potatoes
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs beaten
1-1/2 teaspoon salt
5 cups flour

Sprinkle yeast over 1 cup warm water and set aside until dissolved. Combine sugar, potatoes, oil, eggs and salt in a large bowl. Beat well with electric mixer. Add yeast mixture. Stir in flour little by little, kneading the dough when it becomes too stiff for a mixer or spoon. When dough is soft and smooth, place in a greased bowl. Turn the dough over so the greased side is up and let it rise in a warm, draft-free place.

When the dough has doubled in size, punch it down and allow it to rest for ten minutes. Then roll out the dough to 1-inch thickness. Cut the dough with a round cutter. (A can with both ends cut out works well if you don't have a biscuit cutter.) Place buns in greased baking dish and allow to rise. Brush with milk. Bake at 325° about 12 minutes or until buns are lightly browned.

Roll out dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with a doughnut cutter. Lay doughnuts on clean towels and let them rise until almost double. Cook them in hot oil (350° to 375°) about 4 inches deep. Turn doughnuts once during cooking. When browned, remove from oil and allow them to drain on a pad of paper towels. Dust with powdered sugar while still warm.

Love At Home

There is beauty all around
When there's love at home.
There is joy in every sound
When there's love at home.

Roses bloom beneath our feet,
All the earth is a garden sweet,
Making life a bliss complete,
When there's love at home.

-- John Hugh McNaughton (1829-1891)