A good homemade yeast roll recipe typically involves making a yeast dough from scratch, shaping the dough into rolls and baking them in the oven until they are golden brown. Examples of highly rated yeast roll recipes are available on the Food Network and MyRecipes.com websites.
To make yeast rolls according to the Food Network recipe, the cook combines sugar, warm water and yeast to create a foamy mixture, which she beats with more sugar as well as vegetable shortening, salt, cold water and egg. She adds flour and continues to beat the mixture to form a soft dough. She puts the dough in a bowl for approximately 90 minutes to allow it to rise sufficiently. She proceeds to punch down the dough and places it in the refrigerator for two hours.
When the dough doubles in size, the cook divides it into 24 pieces of about the size of a quarter cup each and shapes them into rolls. She arranges the rolls in two greased 9-inch cake pans and brushes the rolls with butter, then places the pans in a warm place to allow for more rising. Finally, she bakes the rolls in an oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 15 minutes or until they are golden brown on top.
Cooks should also consider the honey yeast rolls recipe on MyRecipes.com, which uses honey instead of sugar and butter instead of shortening to make the dough. It also includes a honey butter to go with the yeast rolls.