Gloria's Oatmeal Rolls

1 cup quick-cooking oats
2 cups boiling water
1 envelope dry yeast
1/2 cup water -- 105-115 degrees
1/2 cup molasses
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
4 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

Combine rolled oats and boiling water.
Allow to stand 1 hour.

Dissolve yeast in lukewarm (105-115) water. Add to oats along with molasses, salt, and butter. Add flour and knead to get a smooth dough. Let rise, punch down, and allow to rise again. Flour your work surface and rolling pin. Roll dough out to 1/2" thick. The cut rolls with either a biscuit cutter or juice glass. Place rolls in a large buttered pan (11x17 size?) and let double.

Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Brush tops of rolls with butter after they're done baking to keep them moist and to hide the floury surface of the rolls.

Gloria didn't have a "real" recipe, so I got an approximate one. The first time I served the rolls to her, she was shocked that I hadn't buttered the tops of the rolls (she hadn't told me to and I hadn't made rolls before). So this version has been tested, repeatedly.

I have started these in my bread machine, to avoid having to get up too early. It works fine (probably better than doing it by hand b/c the dough is quite sticky), but be warned: if I don't remove the dough from the machine soon enough, it overflows the pan.

Source of recipe: StevenHB/Recipe by Gloria White

Gloria's Oatmeal Rolls