I thought for months now about what was the first recipe I would share. It had to be the right one to honor my mom. This was my mother's best recipe and we love it beyond description. Not that we can make it as well! Soft, tender, high and luscious. It is worth the overnight rise, as it must rise slowly to be so light. Grandma Lee would be happy to share it.
1Put yeast into 1/4 cup of warm water. Place shortening, salt and sugar in large mixing bowl. Pour boiling water over these, let stand until lukewarm, not hot! Add yeast/water mix. Beat in eggs. Stir in flour gradually using only enough to make a soft dough, barely past sticky stage to smooth. It will be very light dough! Beware of adding too much flour.
2Place in a Large Greased Bowl. Cover with a plate. Refrigerate overnight (4 to 12 hours) until dough TREBLES in bulk.
3Remove bowl from refrigerator. Gently punch down bread. Butter hands with soft butter. Pinch off small pieces of dough, shape into balls for four dozen small rolls or three inch balls For large rolls, place about two inchs apart on greased or sprayed oblong baking pan. Semi-flatten for biscuit shape. Brush lightly with melted butter on tops.
4Let rolls rise two hours in warm place without drafts. Bake in preheated oven at 425 degrees for 20 minutes until very lightly browned on top. Makes 2 to 4 dozen depending on size you make. These rise very high and are seamless in the pan. They do not last on the table more than an hour for a large family.