Potato Buns

This is the basic recipe for “Hot Cross Buns” except with potatoes.

2 packages dry yeast (or 4 teaspoons bulk yeast)
2 cups warm water
1 cup mashed potatoes
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
5 to 6 cups flour

Dissolve the yeast in warm water. Add the potatoes, sugar, shortening, salt, eggs and 2 cups of flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in remaining flour. If the dough seems much too sticky, add flour by the 1/2 cup until it’s not quite as sticky.

Knead for about 5 minutes. (The dough will still be sticky and soft.) Place in a large, greased bowl and put in a warm place to rise for 1 hour.

Punch down dough. Shape the dough into 24 equal pieces. Place on a greased baking sheet. Let rise for 45 minutes.

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.