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Virginia Clise Bread

Rated as 4.5 out of 5 Stars

"These are by far the best rolls I've ever had! My neighbor's mom makes these and passed the recipe along. They are scrumptious! This recipe makes a lot of rolls. You can freeze the dough after forming it into rolls."
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3 h servings 263 cals
Original recipe yields 40 servings (40 rolls)


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  1. In a large bowl, stir yeast into 1 cup warm water to dissolve. Stir in 1/4 cup sugar. In a separate large bowl, stir salt into 5 cups warm water to dissolve; stir in shortening and remaining 1/4 cup sugar. After yeast foams, stir salt mixture into yeast mixture.
  2. Mix in the 1/2 of the flour, and then mix in remaining flour 2 cups at a time, beating well after each addition. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic.
  3. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
  4. Form the dough into approximately 30 to 40 rounds. Place on lightly greased baking sheets. Cover the rolls with a damp cloth, and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  5. Bake rolls in preheated oven 15 to 20 minutes, or until brown. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 263 calories; 5.7 g fat; 46 g carbohydrates; 6.1 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 119 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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Yes! Very yummy and easy to work with. I've made them according to the recipe and also with a couple of substitutions. I liked them better with melted butter in place of the crisco. A couple of ...

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These are dense, and quite bland. But oddly, the taste grows on you after that first bite... I think this might be better toasted, after being made in a loaf perhaps...

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Yes! Very yummy and easy to work with. I've made them according to the recipe and also with a couple of substitutions. I liked them better with melted butter in place of the crisco. A couple of ...

I just got done making a batch. I made exactly 40 but froze all but 7.. I would suggest making them smaller because 7 took up an entire cookie sheet... if I'd known how much they would rise I wo...

These are delish, and very VERY forgiving. Let me start by saying this is a LOT of dough. I recommend halving this recipe unless you have enough counter space for 40 LARGE rolls. Once they ris...

Ok.....I loved this bread but found it to be very expensive....burned up my stand mixer making it : (. Mine was a sunbeam and did not survive. Guess I'll have to go for a higher quality mixer....

scaled this down to a fourt. used 2 tsp of yeast. 1 1/2 cups water,1/8 cup sugar, 1/4 cup shortening. 1/2 tsp salt. and 3 1/2 cups flour. if it's too sticky just add in a little more so it's wor...

This recipe is incredible! It is very forgiving and it makes a ton of dough. When I half the recipe it still makes two dozen large dinner rolls. These are super simple dinner rolls to make and t...

First of all - yum! I scaled down the recipe quite a bit - yielding exactly 12 rolls. I followed the measuring instructions of another reviewer who scaled it down as well, turned out fabulous. T...

Well I put the recipe on here, but I have to rate it 5*****. This recipe is fabulous!! It does make a lot of dough, so be prepared for that. However, these rolls are one of a kind. Enjoy!

I just pulled these out of the oven, they turned out FANTASTIC! I will be using this recipe again.