1 cup hot water
1/2 c hot mashed potatoes
1/3 c sugar
1 pkg dry yeast
1/3 c vegetable oil
1/4 c warm water
2 t salt
5 - 5 1/2 c flour
Add hot water to hot mashed potatoes. Stir sugar. When mixture
cools to lukewarm (110 degrees), stir in yeast. Let this stand
overnight in a loosely covered container.
The next day, pour the yeast into a large mixing bowl. Add vegetable
oil, warm water, salt, and flour. Knead well. Let rise, covered,
in a warm place, til double, about 2-3 hours.
Punch down the dough, knead a few times. If you want to add raisins
or nuts, this is the time to do it. This dough makes excellent
raisin-pecan bread or cinnamon rolls. Form into two loaves or 24
rolls, place in baking pans. Let rise until double, about 1 hour
for rolls, 2 for loaves.
Bake at 350 30-35 minutes for loaves, 20-25 minutes for rolls.