Aunt Frieda's Overnight Buns


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Aunt Frieda's Overnight Buns

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Platter of baked buns dusted with flour

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For Sunday suppers, holidays, and celebrations, homemade dinner rolls make the whole meal feel extra special. 

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Serves 30
2 c. water
1 c. Hy-Vee sugar
½ c. Hy-Vee butter
1 packet(s) active dry yeast
¼ c. warm water (105 - 115 degrees)
2 Hy-Vee large eggs, beaten
1 ½ tsp. Hy-Vee salt
7 c. Hy-Vee all-purpose flour, divided


  1. In a 1-quart saucepan, combine water and sugar; boil 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter until completely melted. Cool to lukewarm.
  2. 2.Meanwhile, in a small bowl, dissolve yeast in the 1/4-cup warm water. Set aside for 5 minutes. Add to saucepan. Beat in eggs and salt.
  3. In a very large mixing bowl, measure 3-1/2 cups flour; pour mixture from saucepan into flour and stir well. Add remaining 3-1/2 cups flour and stir well. Cover and allow to rise in a warm place for 2 hours.
  4. Spoon dough onto a floured surface. Knead for 5 to 8 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic. Place dough in a very large greased bowl; turn greased-side-up. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 2 hours.
  5. Punch dough down in the center with a fist; pull the edges of the dough to the center, turn dough over and place on a lightly floured surface. Cover; let rest 10 minutes.
  6. Spray two 15-by-10-inch jelly roll pans with nonstick cooking spray. Cut dough into six equal pieces, then cut each piece into five pieces for a total of 30 buns.
  7. Shape dough with your hands by taking each piece of dough and folding edges under, smoothing tops. Place on pan, allowing space between dough balls for doubling in size. Cover and let rise 5 to 6 hours.
  8. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place pans on two oven racks, making sure to stagger pans for even baking. Bake 10 minutes. Switch pans to opposite rack and continue baking 2 to 3 minutes until tops are brown and a light tap on top of buns gives a hollow sound. Immediately remove buns from pans and place on wire rack to cool completely.
  9. To store, wrap securely in foil or clear plastic wrap, or place in an airtight plastic bag. Store in a cool, dry place.

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Hy-Vee Seasons Holiday Entertaining Cookbook.