Granny's Dinner Rolls



4 1/2 Cups sifted all-purpose flour
(sift an additional 2 cups or so to knead with when ready to place in pan)
2 1/2 teaspoons regular active dry yeast
2 cups warm water
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
8 tablespoons Sugar
6 tablespoons lard (or Crisco for you modern types)

2 eggs (optional)
Cooking spray


Dissolve yeast in 1 cup warm water, let rest for 10 minutes.
Add 3 cups sifted flour, salt, sugar and lard to mixing bowl.
Add the yeast mixture to mixing bowl.
Optional - add the eggs to the mixing bowl.
Set mixer on Stir or a low setting, and preferably a dough hook.
Add the remaining flour and mix until smooth.
Scrape down the sides of bowl and continue to mix until smooth.
Grease a large bowl and place the dough in it to rise. I spray a piece of Saran wrap with cooking spray and cover the bowl. Place the bowl on a heating pad and cover the bowl with a bath towel. Or cover and place in an oven that has a PROOFING setting.
Let rise until double (about 30 minutes).
Punch down. Grease hands and pinch off pieces to form into rolls.
Place rolls into a greased 10 x 15 baking dish.
Cover, using the sprayed Saran wrap and towel.
Let double in size.
Place in a preheated 375 deg oven for 15-20 minutes until the tops are golden brown.
Remove and brush with butter (while hot).
wonderful when hot and with a slab of butter inside