I shamelessly swiped this from Bits and Odd Peices of Mindy's Kingdom. One can never have too many bread recipes...that's my opinion. Thanks, Mindy. The comments about the recipe are Mindy's, not mine. :-)
1 envelope dry yeast
2 Tab sugar
1/4 C warm water
1/2 C sugar
1/4 C butter
1 C hot milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
4 1/3 C flour
2 Tb (I swear that is all I used, I promise.) melted butter
Use as much butter as you want....I cannot lie....I used more.
Sprinkle the yeast and sugar over the very warm water in a large bowl. Do NOT leave the sugar out. A lot of recipes do not mix yeast with suger but TRUST ME....your yeast will love you for it!
Stir until the yeast dissolves. Let cool a bit. In a pan, heat your milk and allow your 1/4 C butter to melt it in. Also allow to cool down until it is just warm. Add your milk mixture to your yeast mixture then add in your egg. Beat in your 4 1/3 C of flour 1 cup at a time with your wet ingredients until you get a soft dough. You can then turn your dough out on your board and knead it for about 5 minutes. I just leave mine in my kitchen aide mixer (I would marry it if I could) and let it run a few minutes with the dough hook.
Place your beautiful dough in a warm greased bowl and allow it to rise until it has doubled. You can then punch it down and make your rolls. Place your rolls in a butter greased pan and allow them to rise.
Bake in a 350 degree over for 15-20 minutes until a pretty golden color and your family is standing around the oven holding a jelly jar. I then like to slather them with butter while they are still hot. This is a really forgiving easy dough. I let mine rise the first time and then punched them down and made hot rolls. Then, instead of letting them rise again, I put waxed paper over the top and put them in the fridge. Took them out the next morning and let them warm up and rise. Then we cooked them and ATE THEM all gone!! People are afraid of yeast and making bread....I promise you it is not hard!!