I got this recipe many years ago. My sister-in-law always request that I make these for our family holiday dinners. Make sure that your yeast is fresh. This dough is excellent for making homemade cinnamon rolls.
1Put sugar, salt and lukewarm (not hot) water into a Large Mixing Bowl; sprinkle in yeast.
2Add beaten egg and half of the flour. Beat well, with mixer or by hand.
3Add oil and remaining flour. Stir well. Remove dough from bowl. Knead lightly for about 6-10 minutes on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic. Lightly add flour to surface and hands as needed.
4Then grease the sides and bottom of the (same) mixing bowl with solid shortening and place kneaded dough back into the bowl. Turning dough once to coat the top.
Cover with cloth and place in an area free from drafts to let rise until double in size-about 2 hours.
5Punch down dough.
Pinch off enough dough to form 1/2 to 1-inch sized balls. Place 2-3 balls of dough into greased muffin tins. Cover & let rise about 3 hours until doubled.
6Bake at 400 degrees approximately 15 minutes until golden brown. Butter tops of rolls while still warm.