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Icebox Rolls (VRP 001)

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Icebox Rolls are a delightful, traditional bread recipe, perfect for those who appreciate the art of homemade baking. This recipe creates soft, fluffy rolls with a rich flavor, thanks to the unique combination of lard, sugar, salt, mashed potatoes, and milk. Ideal for dinner parties, family gatherings, or simply to have a supply of homemade bread at hand, these rolls can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator (hence “icebox”) until ready to bake.

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Icebox Rolls

A Short History

The concept of icebox rolls dates back to a time when refrigeration was a luxury and the icebox was a common household item. Recipes like these allowed bakers to prepare dough ahead of time, utilizing the cool temperatures of the icebox to slow the fermentation process. This not only added convenience but also enhanced the flavor and texture of the bread. Over the years, icebox rolls have remained a beloved recipe for their ease of preparation and delicious results.

Tips for Making Icebox Rolls

  • Ingredient Preparation: Ensure that the mashed potatoes are smooth and the milk is scalded then cooled to enhance the dough’s texture and flavor.
  • Cooling the Mixture: Allowing the mixture to cool before adding the eggs is crucial to prevent them from cooking upon contact.
  • Yeast Activation: Dissolve the yeast in warm water as per the package instructions to activate it before adding it to the dough mixture.
  • Flour Quantity: The amount of flour needed can vary. Start with the suggested quantity and add more until the dough is stiff but still pliable.
  • Kneading: Knead the dough on a floured board until it’s smooth and no longer sticky, developing the gluten for a soft, airy texture.
  • Rising Time: Allow the dough to rise in a warm, draft-free area until it doubles in size for the best texture.
  • Refrigeration: Once kneaded, the dough can be refrigerated, making this a versatile recipe that can be baked fresh as needed.

Icebox Rolls Recipe Card

Ice Box Rolls

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Icebox Rolls Recipe

Icebox Rolls offer a taste of traditional home baking, with the convenience of modern-day preparation. Whether you’re an experienced baker or new to the joys of homemade bread, this recipe provides a satisfying baking project with deliciously soft, flavorful rolls as your reward. Serve them warm with butter for an irresistible addition to any meal.

Ice Box Rolls

Icebox Rolls (VRP 001)


  • 2 2/3 cups lard
  • 2 2/3 cups sugar
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cups mashed potatoes
  • 4 cups scalded milk
  • 8 eggs, beaten
  • 4 cakes yeast
  • Flour


  1. Mix together the lard, sugar, salt, mashed potatoes, and milk
  2. Allow mixture to cool
  3. Add the eggs
  4. Dissolve yeast in warm water and add to mixture
  5. Add enough flour to make the stiff dough
  6. Knead on board until it does not stick
  7. Let rise until double size

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