Don't let the steps in this put you off. There are several steps, but it is not really that complicated and well worth the effort and this is what you will get.
Here is what you will need:
All purpose flour (we prefer White Lily if you can get it in your area), vegetable or canola oil, sugar, yeast, salt, milk (not pictured) and water.
You will need to sift 5 of the 6 cups of flour into a large mixing bowl. The bowl needs to have plenty of room for these to double in size when they rise. Warm 2 cups of milk in the microwave for 5 minutes and let it cool to where it is just warm to the touch.
Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Make sure the water is not too hot or it will kill your yeast. To the warm milk add 3/4 cup oil, 3/4 cup sugar, and 1 tsp salt. Mix together and add to the flour. Now add the yeast to this mixture and stir to blend. This mixture will be very loose. Pour about 2 Tbs. oil over the top the dough and spread it around to coat it. Cover with a kitchen towel and let this rise for 2 hours.
The mixture should almost double and look like this. If your kitchen is cold or drafty, this will take much longer. Sit the bowl near the oven if you are cooking and have it on to speed the rising. Now take the other cup of flour, sifted and sprinkle 1/2 of it on the dough and 1/2 of it on a pastry sheet or wax paper. Work the dough into a ball, but do not overwork it, unless you like a denser roll.
It should look like this. Now you are ready to flour your rolling pin and roll the dough out into a large circle about 1/4 inch thick.
Using a medium size biscuit cutter or a glass with a similar size, cut your rolls. Melt about a 1/4 stick of butter in 4 round cake pans or 1/2 stick in 2 9"x13" pans. Place your rolls in the melted butter turning them over to coat. You should get 36-40 rolls. They are best if allowed to rise again for 30 minutes to an hour. They will double in size in the pan. Don't let anything touch the tops of them or it will make them fall. If it's warm in the kitchen, they will rise back up fast. If it's cool it takes much longer.
Place in a 425 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes until they are brown on top to your liking. Some folks like them really brown, we like them just browned slightly.
This will be your finished product! You can brush some melted butter on top when out of the oven or just leave them as is. These are great for dinner, breakfast or to use for parties with sliced ham or turkey on them. The dough is very versatile also. Tomorrow we will use it for Ooey Goey Cinnamon Rolls!
6 cups all purpose flour
1 pk. yeast (1/4 oz. packet)
1/2 cup warm water
2 cups milk
3/4 cup oil
3/4 cup sugar