In a traditional Portuguese home, you will have a papo secos with practically every meal. Also known as just a "pop" for short. These rolls have a nice crusty outside, and are soft and chewy on the inside. Perfect for dunking in soup!
Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup of the lukewarm water with 2 tsp sugar added. Let stand for 5 minutes.
Place yeast mixture in large bowl, add 1 cup flour and mix to make a batter. Cover with a wet cloth and blanket (or place in the oven with light turned on) and let sit for about an hour, or until doubled in size.
Pull out the sticky dough and add in your remaining ingredients. Mix well. Then, on a well floured surface, hand-knead for 10 to 12 minutes, or until smooth.
Gather in to a ball and place into a lightly greased bowl. Cover again the wet cloth and blanket (or place in the oven with light turned on) for an hour or until doubled in size.
Punch down and then break off 12 portions of dough (about 1/2 cup sized each). On a floured surface, roll each portion into a smooth ball. Press down each piece with palm of your hand. Then make a crease in the middle with the side of your hand and fold together. Pinch the ends of dough together. Sprinkle with flour.
Place each portion on a cloth, crease down. Cover and let sit in a warm, dry place for about 45 minutes.
Pre-heat oven to 500 degrees. Place rolls (crease up!) on a lightly greased and floured baking sheet and bake for 10 - 15 minutes.