2 cups of warm water
2 packages of dry yeast
1/2 cup sugar
Stir together and set aside until it starts to bubble
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup cooking oil
1 Tablespoon of salt
About 2 - 2/12 cups of flour (I like it slightly soft but if you want heavier rolls add more flour)
Knead in the bowl for a minute or so. Set aside to rise with a tea towel over it. I often make this just before I go to bed at night and let it rise all night but it can be made up and let rise until double in about 2 hours.
Put it on a floured board or surface. Divide in half. Pinch off one half into a dozen dinner rolls (this can be put into muffin tins in sections if you want clover leaf rolls or made into biscuit type dinner rolls if that's what you want). Used greased pans with whatever you do...can also be put into a loaf pan and it makes wonderful French toast or breakfast toast. Let rise, covered again, until doubled in size. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown, cover the top with melted butter as soon as it comes out of the oven.
The other half...roll out to about 1/2 inch thick. Cover with melted warm butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Roll it up like a jelly roll and cut off pieces about an inch thick. Should make about a dozen cinnamon rolls. Let rise until doubled and bake at 350 degrees until done. When they are done, turn upside down on a foil lined cookie sheet and ice with butter cream frosting while they are still hot. We like chopped pecans on top of that but that's optional.
Butter cream frosting:
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 t. vanilla
Just enough milk to make the right consistency (NOTE: if you like more of a glaze make it thinner. If you like a frosting make it thicker)
I also use this recipe for donuts...just turn out your dough on a floured surface, roll out to 1/2 inch thick and cut your donuts. I have cutters for the outside and the inside ring but if you are using a glass or something else be sure to make the hole pretty big since when they rise it will fill in. Let them rise and then very gently put them into deep hot oil, raised side down always so the flat side can have a chance to rise as they cook. It only takes a few minutes to fry them. Flip when golden brown and let the other side cook but only once. Flipping more than that lets them soak up the grease. Drain on paper towels and then flip them over a couple of times in glaze. Cool on a rack or waxed paper until cool enough to eat.
This should be about the consistency of mayonnaise. The hot donuts will pick up just the right amount to glaze.
Or if you want to put chocolate icing on them, let them cool and ice at that point with whatever you want. My kids and grandkids can eat them as long as I'm willing to keep frying.